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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.


Garn Hatch
Salt Lake Tribune 2May01 P2


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