By Deborah Carl
Ogden Politician John Arrington dead at 81
OGDEN, UTAH -- John Benjamin Duncan Arrington, who served as a Utah
State Representative from 1978 to his retirement in 1998, died March
29, 2001 at age 81. Arrington represented Odgen in the Utah State
House for 20 years and was active in service to the community.
Mr. Arrington was born August 30, 1919 in Independence, Missouri, a
son of John W. and Leila Tuckfield Arrington. He moved to Ogden, Utah
in 1927 and attended Ogden High School and Weber State College. He
served in the Army during World War II and was in the Utah National
Guard, Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve for 30 years.
Vera London and Mr. Arrington were married on December 27, 1941. They
were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on September 4, 1942.
Mr. Arrington was employed as a production controller at Hill AFB. He
served ten years as an Ogden City Councilman and 20 years as a Utah
State Representative. He was a member of the Lions Club where he
served as president, secretary, and district governor. He and his
wife also did volunteer work assignments and athletic events at Ogden
High School and Weber State University.
Former Rep. Grant Protzman, D-North Ogden, who served in the House
for 10 years with Mr. Arrington said, "Frequently there are a lot of
hidden agendas, but with Jack that was never the case." Mr.
Arrington was criticized because he didn't sponsor a lot of bills,
but when he did it was an important one. "One of the bills he carried
that was very, very positive was the precursor bill," to regulate the
purchase of chemicals used to make illegal drugs such as
methamphetamine. "It took three years to get it through, and a lot of
the busts that are occurring of meth labs these days are a result of
the legislation that Jack carried."
Mr. Arrington also served as bishop, high councilman, and in many
other state and ward positions for The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. He and Vera served as Ogden temple workers and as
missionaries in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
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Ogden UT Standard-Examiner 31Mar01 P2
By Charles F. Trentelman: Standard-Examiner staff
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