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J. Willard Marriott Birthplace

John Willard Marriott was born near this site on September 17, 1900. He was the second of eight children born to Hyrum Willard Marriott and Ellen Morris. As a youth he worked the family farm and sheep ranch. He loved the open spaces of Marriott Settlement and the grandeur of the Rockies. After completing an LDS mission to the eastern states, he graduated from Weber Academy, taught at the academy, and graduated from the University of Utah. In 1927, he married Alice Sheets and moved to the Washington D.C. area. At this time, he also secured a franchise for A&W Root Beer and expanded his business. For the next 58 years, until his death in August 1985, J. Willard Marriott built his dream with his sons, Bill and Dick. Marriott International continues today as one of the most admired companies in the world. J.W. Marriott summed up his personal philosophy: “take part in the things that go on in this wonderful world… live life and make every day count to the very end.”

Marriott-Slaterville City Historical Marker historical marker #4, located at 1209 West 700 South in Marriott-Slaterville, Utah