By Rosemary Pollock
Citizen-Activist and Engineer Garn Hatch Dead at 83
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Floyd Garn Hatch, beloved husband, father and
friend, died May 1, 2001, at the age of 83 at his home in Salt Lake
City. Hatch graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in
Industrial Engineering. He helped found the University of Utah Law
School's Law Review and served as its editor for its first two years.
He served his country during World War II from 1941 to 1946 and
remained in Europe to assist with post-war transitioning from 1951 to
1954. He retired as a colonel in the Army Reserve with a total of 15
battle stars and a Bronze Star.
Hatch married Lorraine Russell in 1951 and together they raised five
children, two daughters and three sons. Hatch worked as a missile
engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at Sperry Corporation. He
was an engineer of highway traffic and construction for the Utah
Department of Transportation.
During the course of his career, he organized a statewide survey of
historic engineering sites in Utah and worked to restore the historic
Heber Tabernacle, now known as Heber City Hall, a pioneer landmark
that was built by his great-grandfather, Abram Hatch.
Hatch loved wilderness backpacking, high country horse packing and
alpine skiing. He was a citizen-activist for wilderness preservation
efforts, including the High Uinta Wilderness Act. He was the founding
president of the Mormon Trails Association and helped prepare the
Mormon Pioneer Trail Sesquicentennial celebration. He was a member of
the Commemorative Mormon Battalion, the Oregon-California Trails
Association and the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.
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