Former Utah lawmaker Haven J. Barlow remembered by colleagues

Feb 7, 2022, 9:53 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — As we learn of the death of a long-time Utah lawmaker, his former colleagues are paying their respects on social media.

Over the weekend, family confirmed that Haven J. Barlow, who served in the Utah House of Representatives and Utah State Senate, passed away at 100 years old.

He served in the Legislature for more than four decades — and before that, served his country in the Navy during World War II.

Former Governor Gary Herbert honored the passing of his cousin, who he called “a great American.”

“His accomplishments serving 40-years in the Legislature are too numerous to count but his efforts to restore the Governor’s Mansion have a personal meaning for us. Our hearts go out to the Barlow family,” read the tweet.

The current governor, Spencer J. Cox, also shared a statement on social media.

“Haven J. Barlow epitomized a dedicated public servant. He served an incredible 42 years in the Utah Legislature as both a member of the Utah House of Representatives and the Utah State Senate, as well as bravely serving the nation in the U.S. Navy. We thank him for his many contributions to the state, and we offer sincere condolences to all who knew and loved him.”

Utah Senate President J. Stuart Adams shared Cox’s post, with the caption: “Haven Barlow was an exceptional leader. His legacy will live on in the Legislature and throughout our state. My prayers are with his family at this time.”

Sen. Mike Lee called Barlow “a leader with a legacy.”

His post went on to say, “As the longest-serving state legislator in Utah history, a navy veteran, and a community leader, he was first and foremost an honorable, dedicated man. His legacy will remain with our state. Sharon and I mourn with the Barlow family.”

Brad Wilson, speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, shared a picture of Barlow, saying, “The impact Haven Barlow had on our state is impossible to measure. His contribution is eclipsed only by his warmth and love of others. We celebrate a life well lived and honor his legacy that will carry on for generations to come.”

Rep. Blake Moore said, “Haven Barlow was a true public servant who dedicated his life to improving the lives of others, from his time in the @USNavy to his 42-year tenure in the Utah Legislature. I admire how well he spent his 100 years. The First District and all of Utah will deeply miss Haven.”

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Former Utah lawmaker Haven J. Barlow remembered by colleagues