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Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff To Honor Utah Businessman Bob Garff

Robert Garff died from complications from COVID-19, family and officials said Sunday. (Ken Garff Automotive Group)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Governor Gary Herbert ordered all flags on the grounds of the State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday in honor of Utah icon and businessman Bob Garff.

The order applies only to U.S. and Utah state flags. Herbert also encouraged businesses and individuals to lower their flags.

The Governor’s office said Garff will be laid to rest that same day.

The Utah businessman died on March 29. He was the third person in the state to die from COVID-19 after he and his wife, Katharine, tested positive for the virus following a trip to Palm Springs, California.

Garff worked in the automotive business for 60 years. He also served on several boards, was speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, and Chairman of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

In 1998, Garff was named as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Games.

He also held numerous callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including Bishop, President of the England Coventry Mission, Stake President for University of Utah students, Area Seventy, and President of the Bountiful Temple.

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