SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah Attorney General Vernon B. Romney, a first cousin of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1976, has died at age 89.

Vernon Romney, who served two terms as state attorney general from 1969-77, died of natural causes at his Salt Lake City home Saturday, his family said.

Romney became Highland’s city attorney shortly after losing the gubernatorial race.

A World War II infantryman who served on Leyte and Okinawa, he also worked in Washington, D.C. as an aide to Sen. Arthur V. Watkins, R-Utah, and as an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Romney. They had six children, 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.