Utah Legend Jake Garn

We had the honor of working with the Jake Garn Legacy Team in providing an inspirational and motivating video for the brand new Jake Garn mural at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Thank you FUEL Marketing for allowing us to work with such an amazing organization. Below you will find the Legacy around Jake Garn starting from when he was born until he retired.

1930s A Legacy Is Born

Edwin Jacob Garn, “Jake” was born October 12, 1932 in Richfield, Utah during the midst of the Great Depression.  His parents were Jacob Edwin “Ed” Garn and Fern Christensen. He had two siblings, Martha Janet Redenbaugh and Mildred Bingham. Garn graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City in 1951. He continued his education at the University of Utah and graduated with a degree in Business and Finance in 1955.  Jake truly bleeds red and has been a UTE fan since he attended his first football game with his father for his 5th birthday in 1937.

1940s The Father of Flight

His father, Ed Garn, was his hero and created his desire to be a pilot. Ed Garn was a pilot in the Army Air Corps in World War I and was the first native-born Utahn to hold a pilot’s license in the state of Utah. He was one of a handful of pilots chosen to participate in delivering the first airmail in Utah. Ed was the first director of Aeronautics and was instrumental in developing many of the airports in Utah. A literal pioneer of Aviation in Utah.

1950s Serving country and community

During his time at the University of Utah, he was recruited into the Navy ROTC program and received a full scholarship.  He joined the Navy on active duty in 1956. Garn completed flight training in Pensacola, FL and received his Navy aviator wings in Corpus Christi, TX in 1957.

1960s A desire for change

By 1960, Garn completed his Naval commitment, but continued to serve in the Naval Reserve and in the Utah National Guard flying supply and recovery missions to Vietnam. Initially, Garn intended to pursue a career as a naval officer.However, after starting a family, he decided to leave the navy and work as an insurance executive. A pivotal decision as it would give him the knowledge for his crucial work as the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.

1970s The voice of the people

Garn was elected as mayor of Salt Lake City in 1971, and created a name for himself as he concentrated his efforts on the redevelopment of downtown Salt Lake City. He always considered being mayor his preferred political office and calls the City and County Building his favorite building. In 1974, at the prompting of friends and colleagues, he entered the race for senate and was elected as a United States Senator. He served as the ranking Republican of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affair Committee.

1980s Never stop exploring

After years of working with NASA, officials announced that Senator Jake Garn would join their November 1984, their 1985 Space Shuttle Discovery flight as a payload specialist. During the flight, he logged 108 orbits and 2.8 million miles making him the first public official to go to space. He is the only pilot in aviation history to have wings from the Navy, Air Force, and NASA.

1990s Rewarding a lifetime of public service

In 1992, Garn received one of aviation’s most coveted honors, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, bestowed annually by the National Aeronautics Association. Dedicated to Garn for “a lifetime of public service in government and active participation in all segments of U.S. aviation, as a military and civilian pilot, astronaut, and as one of the U.S. Senate’s most effective aerospace spokesmen and legislators.”