Cache grocery mogul Lee Badger dies

An icon of Cache Valley business has died.Lee Badger, owner and founder of the Lee’s Marketplace chain of grocery stores, succumbed to his battle with ALS — Lou Gehrig’s Disease — Thursday morning.Badger was a staple of the Cache Valley grocery scene since 1981 when he purchased Jack’s Food Town in Smithfield. Later in life, along with his wife Shari and his children, Lee opened Lee’s Marketplace in Smithfield, and later added stores in Logan and Ogden. He was described as a man who cared greatly for family, employees and customers.Badger was diagnosed in 2008 with ALS.

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