Nation’s Leaders Convene in Salt Lake for Funeral of Senator Orrin G. Hatch
Salt Lake City, UT—This afternoon, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints led the funeral services for Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Utah’s longest-serving Senator. The funeral included eulogies from U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, President Dallin H. Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, former Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR), Orrin G. Hatch Foundation Chair Scott Anderson, and the Senator’s children, Brent and Marcia Hatch.
Hundreds of individuals—including members of Congress, federal agency officials, and leaders in business, law, academia, and politics—traveled to Salt Lake City from all parts of the country to bid farewell to one of the most prolific legislators in American history. At the conclusion of the ceremony, there was a 21-gun salute and flag presentation to the Hatch family.The funeral procession then traveled to Newton, Utah, where the Senator will be laid to rest.
Following are several tributes from close friends of Senator Hatch:
“Orrin was a master legislator,” said U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. “Sometimes that meant shepherding bold conservative victories—from his epic fight against Robert Byrd and Big Labor during his first term, to the historic tax reform he quarterbacked in his last. But Orrin also championed bipartisan efforts to lift up the vulnerable, including his leadership on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and today’s National Suicide Lifeline. He took his legislation to the same place where our Savior took his ministry: To the margins. To the periphery. Serving ‘the least of these.’”
“What happened to Orrin Hatch after our first meeting 50 years ago is well known and already reviewed,” said President Oaks. “I add only our longtime friendship and frequent contacts and work on subjects of common and public interest.  Now, born two years apart and tracing our ancestry through the same small Utah town, Orrin and I come together for what I like to refer to as Orrin G. Hatch’s graduation from mortality, with highest honors.”
“With Orrin’s passing, the work of his Foundation is just getting started,” said Hatch Foundation Executive Director Matt Sandgren. “We have a charge not only to preserve the Senator’s memory but to ensure that his legacy of innovative policymaking and legislative leadership continues to have a lasting impact on the public discourse for decades to come. ‘Civility and solutions’ were the ideals that underpinned Senator Hatch’s service and that guide our mission today. We will make sure that the Senator lives on through the first-class scholarship, policy work, and educational programs offered by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation.”
“Today we mourn the passing of a great American and a great Senator,” said Hatch Foundation Chair Scott Anderson. “But he was more than that. He was a bridge-builder, a collaborator, a sports enthusiast, a songwriter, a man of God, and a cherished friend. We will miss his physical presence, but his spirit lives on and his legacy will continue to impact people through the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation. We love you, Senator Hatch.”
To learn more about Senator Hatch’s remarkable life and legacy, visit the Hatch Foundation’s website at
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