ⓘ Orval Hafen


ⓘ Orval Hafen

Orval Hafen was a Utah State Senator and president of the Utah Bar Association. He was a key figure in the long process that by the start of the 21st-century had made St. George a key center of retirement and growing commubnity.

Hafen was a native of Santa Clara, Utah. He received an Associates degree from Dixie College to Dixie state University and received a bachelors degree in the University named after Brigham young. He then went to work in Washington, DC, taking night courses at the George Washington University. He then received a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1929. In 1932 he moved to Washington County, Utah and settled in St. George, Utah. He came to practice law and to the head of a local farmers cooperative at the insistence of Dixie College President Joseph A. Nicholas.

In 1933, the port served as a member of the stake presidency, St. George of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. He also was President of the chamber of Commerce St George the same year. He was associated with the operating of Dixie College from the time when the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints has stopped funding the Institute in 1933 to the state of Utah took over the operation in 1935. Hafen also served as the town of St. George and Washington County Prosecutor. He was also the Chairman of Washington County for the Republican party.

Of the cooperative that Hafen came to work in St. George not long after he was there about a year, never paid him the promised salary. Then he, along with other civic boosters participated in the organization of the pioneer Protectiong and investment company. This group gathered a small amount of capital available in Saint George to inport fertilizers and sell it to farmers to increase crop yields.

In 1934 Hafen married Ruth Clark. She was born in Panguitch, Utah, but largely grew up in Provo, Utah. She and Hafen met when they were both students at the University named for Brigham young. She worked as a teacher in Nephi, Utah. She married Hafen with the understanding that their stay in St. George will be short.

Hafen was associated with five other men in the formation of the Dixie education Association in 1935. This group worked to raise money in the case of Dixie was up late the funding crisis. Its funds, ultimately, are key in the 1960-ies in Dixie College moved to new campus.

Later Hafen established Ford dealership and garage motorcycle repair cars. He also developed subdivisions in the area of main street and 6th South.

In 1943, Hafen served as President of the Association of the bar of the state of Utah. He served a total of 12 years as a member of the Senate of the state of Utah, first elected in 1952. When first elected his district covered Washington, district of Utah and iron County Utah. In 1955 he was made the Republican party whip in the Senate. He was President of the State Senate, starting in 1957. In 1953, he worked closely with Ernest L. Wilkinson in the development of legislation providing for the return of Dixie, Weber, and snow College in the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. This step ultimately was rejected when it was put before the voters.

Also as a member of the legislature Hafen managed to push through budget bills to build a new building at Dixie College. Hafen supported the compromise that gave districts in rural Utah, including Washington, which had 25% of the control population, 11 of the 14 state seats in the Senate while the majority of the state seats in the house were under the control of city districts with 75% of the population. Hafen was opposed to the idea of the majority always control the government. He made to push through a bill that changed the balance in the state Senate districts were divided into 14 rural districts and 13 in the four urban counties of Utah, salt lake, Davis and Weber. This balance was later ended after the U.S. Supreme court ruled on the mandate of all legislative districts represent the principle of one person one vote and the regular districts to keep a Blance.

He and his wife Ruth had five children, including Bruce C. Hafen.

  • and dance concerts each year as well as plays and musicals in the Orval and Ruth Hafen Theatre 380 seats Because Tuacahn High School is directly connected
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