[Congressional Record Volume 158, Number 12 (Thursday, January 26, 2012)]
[Pages S124-S125]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                       TRIBUTE TO HAVEN J. BARLOW

 Mr. LEE. Mr. President, today I wish to recognize and 
congratulate former Utah State Senate President Haven J. Barlow on his 
recent 90th birthday. He is a true patriot who spent much of his life 
serving his State and his country, and I thank him for that service.
  Haven was born January 4, 1922 in Clearfield, UT to Jesse B. and 
Issadora Beck Barlow. His mother Issadora was killed in a tragic car/
train accident when he was just 9 months old, causing him to learn his 
share of responsibility at an early age.
  After graduating from Davis High School, Haven earned a degree in 
business administration at Utah State Agricultural College, now Utah 
State University. He joined the U.S. Navy and attended officer 
candidate school at Harvard University. He served as a naval supply and 
disbursement officer in the Pacific and the Atlantic in World War II, 
receiving the Philippine Liberation Medal.

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  Haven and his wife Bonnie Rae Ellison Barlow were married for 58 
years before Bonnie Rae passed away at age 79. Haven and Bonnie Rae 
returned to Davis County after World War II, where they reared their 
six children in Layton.
  In 1949, Haven started the Barlow Realty and Insurance Company, and 
he still checks in daily at the very successful real estate development 
  In 1952, Haven was elected to the Utah State Legislature, where he 
served consecutively for 42 years from 1953 to 1994, longer than any 
other legislator in Utah history. He served as President of the Utah 
State Senate for 6 years.
  While serving as a senator and representative for 42 years in the 
Utah State Legislature, Haven introduced and sponsored a number of 
pieces of legislation that formulated the landscape in northern Utah. 
In the field of education, one of Haven's passions, he supported the 
establishment of then-Weber State College as a 4-year school, Weber 
State's transition from college to university, and the securing of 
funding for the Weber State Davis Campus. Today, Weber State boasts 
over 24,000 students. Haven also supported the bill that turned Utah 
State Agricultural College into Utah State University.
  Haven backed legislation that created the Davis Applied Technology 
Center, which is now the Davis Applied Technology College. The 
vocational school trains students in a variety of technologies and 
skills that can be directly applied to the workplace. Additionally, 
Haven supported the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology Center, also now a 
college, which offers similar services to its students.
  In 1981, Haven was a proponent of the Hill Aerospace Museum, which 
was founded that year and is now home to over 90 aircraft. The museum 
hosted its millionth visitor in 1996, and now has nearly 200,000 
visitors annually.
  Even given his many accomplishments, there is perhaps nothing more 
admirable about Haven than his support for charity. He sponsored 
legislation that created the Utah Botanical Center, home of a ``giving 
garden'' which donates all produce to local food banks. He has also 
donated money and countless hours to the United Way of Salt Lake, and 
has been known to tell skeptical donors that if they wound up unhappy 
about their donations, he would pay them back personally. United Way of 
Salt Lake Regional Director Jim Young has said of Haven, ``[His] 
irrepressibly positive attitude makes him a joy to be around. He has 
what a colleague of mine calls `yes, in his heart.' Haven's heart for 
those around him challenges us to become more involved in our community 
and make a difference.''
  The world is a better place because of Haven Barlow. He is an example 
for all Americans to follow, and I wish him a very happy 90th