Ed Mayne Friends Tribute Video

The tribute video was created for Ed by his friends, family and associates.

Pat Shea, Orrin Hatch, Jay Wulle, Peter Corroon, Wayne Holland, Gene Davis, Debbie White, Norman Matheson, Joe Hatch, Milt Saathoff, Scott Matheson, Tony Montano, Tim Rice, Red Mayne, Jim Matheson, Ruth Mayne, Wayne Holland Sr., Beverly Saathoff.

Video produced by Bonneville.

Tribute Video

An update to the previously posted tribute, I’ve added the duck hunt at the end.

In Memoriam

It’s been one year since the passing of this great man. Ed carried this poem in his wallet (found in a readers digest) for two decades.

To Those I Love

If I should ever leave you whom I love
To go along the Silent Way, grieve not,

Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk
Of me as if I were beside you, for

Who knows, but that I shall be oftentimes?
I’d come, I’d come, could I but find a way!

But would not tears and grief be barriers?
And when you hear a song I used to sing,

Or see a bird I loved – let not the thought
Of me be sad, for I am loving you

Just as I always have … You were so good
To me … So many things I wanted still

To do … So many, many things to say to you …
Remember that I did not fear … It was

Just leaving you I could not bear to face …
We cannot see Beyond … But this I know;

I loved you so– ’twas heaven here with you!

by Isla Paschal Richardson

Always and forever, Mom, Karen, Paul & Jana, Jamie & Trever, Connie, Shauna & Terry

Ed Mayne Stadium

The Mayne family was honored Friday night, September 19, 2008, to attend the naming of the Hunter High football stadium Ed Mayne Stadium. It was a beautiful night as the Wolverines took it to and a beautiful ceremony as the Principal of Hunter High and Mike Fraser lit up the score board and introduced Karen Mayne.

Thank you so much to all those who helped make this happen and donated time and money. It’s so sweet.

Hunter High Football stadium named after Ed Mayne

They passed out big Wolverine claws that said “Ed Mayne Stadium”. Thank you Xcape1 for providing these.

Ed Mayne Stadium

Tip your Hat to Ed Mayne
written by Bruce Smith is editor of Matchup:

The family of Ed Mayne is likely standing proud tonight, but don’t be surprised if you see some tears, too, as they realize our former legislator’s name will live long after he did.

We can’t rename Hunter High, but giving the football stadium his name seems appropriate. Besides everything mentioned earlier in this program (Page 2), the Mayne family aslo gave to help several other Hunter Sports, like the equipment for the volleyball team, the installation of the softball field and the dugouts on the baseball field.

The equipment and additional facilities made Hunter more competitive, and he was proud of the school’s successes, especially when the Wolverines captured the 2003 state football title.

That year, Ed had West Valley sign and declare a day, “Hunter High Football Day.” He presented the championship team to the Utah state senate and had the players do the Haka” in the Capitol Rotunda.

Ed and his family also founded the “Mike Fraser unsung hero” scholarship given to one female and male athlete from Hunter each school year.

Starting today, this is Ed Mayne Stadium.

Hunter High Football stadium named after Ed Mayne

Go Wolverines! Go Coach Dustin Pearce and Coach Danny Castro! Thanks for taking it to Spanish Fork on this special night.

An excerpt from the program:

Hunter vs. Spanish Fork

So, what makes this game a special event? Hunter High will rededicate its home field and call it “Ed Mayne Stadium,” after the former West Valley City legislator who died last year at age 62. A special ceremony is planned at halftime.

The Mayne family lived in the Hunter area, an two of the children, Paul and Jamie, graduated from Hunter. School officials said Ed and Karen Mayne were responsible for helping Hunter install lights on the field, the U.S. flag in the gym and countless other donations that they made anonymously.

Honored by Polynesian friends

West Valley City’s Polynesian community presented a monument to Sen. Karen Mayne at the Samoan Heritage Festival Saturday in Centennial Park in honor of the late Senator, Ed Mayne.

The monument, imported from India and donated by Etched in Stone owner Wallis Burnside of Ogden, will be displayed at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. It features a head shot of Ed Mayne and a series of logos. One is a heart representing the senator, “whose compassion for the people in this community inspired the development of this (Polynesian Youth Group) program,” Ioelu said.

Article: Late state senator honored by Polynesian friends By Lisa Rosetta, The Salt Lake Tribune

Father of the Year award

Today the American Diabetes Association, through its Utah Chapter, will recognize and honor Senator Ed Mayne as a 2008 Father of the Year.

A Deserving Father of the Year from Senator Ross Romero, UtahSenateDemocrats.org

Ed Mayne Portraits

I scanned and posted a couple photos. These were my dad’s favorite professional photos of himself.

Ed Mayne

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Missing You



Tribute Video by Paul Mayne

A Tribute To My Dad, Ed Mayne (blog post)

This is the first part of the video. Over the next few weeks we will post remaining tribute videos including an amazing interview tribute created by Bonneville.

Tribute to my Father, Ed Mayne from Paul Mayne on Vimeo.

Karen Mayne selected to fill the Utah Senate seat

Senator Karen Mayne

Deseret News: Women picked to fill 2 legislative vacancies

In Senate District 5, which comprises Kearns, West Valley City and Taylorsville, delegates selected Karen Mayne to fill the position of her late husband, Ed Mayne. She ran unopposed.

The new legislators will be sworn in before the start of the 2008 Legislature session begins in January.

Mayne, the only candidate seeking the Senate District 5 seat, vowed to carry on her husband’s legacy.

“My husband and I always worked as a team to take care of this district,” she said Wednesday. “This is just a natural thing for me, and my delegates feel the same.”

Mayne plans to focus on west-side issues, including better roads, more environmental protection and senior citizen care, she said. Mobile home issues are also important to her constituents, she said.

“We’re going to take care of our Senate district,” she said. (read full article)

Salt Lake Tribune: Democratic delegates elect Becker, Mayne replacements

Karen Mayne was also selected to fill the Utah Senate seat that had been held by her husband, the late Sen. Ed Mayne, who died earlier this month of lung cancer. Karen Mayne was unopposed. (read full article)

Karen Mayne

Kearns Senior Center named after Ed Mayne


Salt Lake Tribune: Center to be renamed for Ed Mayne

Kearns already has a “Mayne” street. Now the west-side suburb will get a Mayne senior center, too.
The Salt Lake County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to rename the Kearns Senior Center after Ed Mayne, the late Democratic union boss and West Valley City state senator who fought to get the building built.
“It is by far the least we could do for Eddie and what he has done for the community,” said Republican Councilman Michael Jensen, who represents the county’s western fringe. “He was a great man who did a ton for the west side of Salt Lake County and the state of Utah.” (full article)

Deseret News: Salt Lake County names center after Mayne

County officials said the senior center, located at 4850 W. 4715 South, likely would not have been built without his leadership. (full article)

Mayne mourned on both sides of the aisle

Deseret News: Mayne mourned on both sides of the aisle By Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb

Excerpt Pignanelli: The media reports detailing Ed Mayne’s life focused on his legislative and labor movement achievements, which were impressive. But Ed was more than just an officeholder or advocate. He played numerous roles: conscience to Utah politicians and employers; papa bear to the Democratic Party while overseeing its resurrection in the mid-1980s; mentoring numerous young politicos (including Randy Horiuchi, Blaze Wharton, Kelly Atkinson, Janet Rose, Grant Protzman, Kurt Oscarson, Gene Davis, Dave Spatafore, Wayne Holland, D’Arcy Dixon and me); and playing peacemaker during our incessant fractional squabbles. He and his incredible wife, Karen, set the standard of coequal political partners who loved and respected each other-long before Bill and Hillary were known. No one was prouder of his children. But we gravitated to Ed for deeper causes.

Excerpt Webb: Ed Mayne clearly exemplified those two traits. I was obviously not in his circle of friends, but I interacted with him on many occasions and always found him to be warm, gracious, genuine and willing to listen.

Over the years I have dealt with many people of wealth and power. Some of them were unhappy and miserable.

A great lesson of Mayne’s full, rich and happy life is something we all know, but too often forget in our busy, try-to-get-ahead world. It is that in the end what really matters, what is most important, is relationships. Family. Friends. Love. Caring. Service. The simple secrets to a happy and fulfilling life.

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Ed Mayne watched over us

Riding with his sister Shauna

Many of you know my brother, Ed Mayne, as a great statesman, senator and AFL-CIO leader. These wonderful qualities began many years ago.

I have always loved Ed’s big, warm hands and his kind and gentle eyes. Ed was the oldest of four children and then he had three little sisters. He would do anything to protect and watch over us all, and through the years that remained the same. He taught us so much as a family: how to stay unified, to help others, to be kind.

I was humbled that even through his fight with cancer and during his chemo treatments his conversations were never about himself. His determination to make sure that others were being taken care of, from senior citizens to children and animals, never ended. He loved his family and the people of this great state. He was a man of honor who found more joy in giving to others than anything he could ever give to himself. We have all been truly blessed to call him family, brother and friend.

I know in my heart we will all feel his big, warm hands in ours as he continues to watch over us, with his kind and gentle eyes, from heaven. Knowing my brother, he will say, “I have a great view to do just that.”

Shauna Petersen
Salt Lake Tribune Public Forum Letter

Thank You

Ed Mayne sign in Kearns

In friendship and deep appreciation, the family of Senator Ed Mayne would like to extend a sincere thank you for the love and support shown to them the past several months. We so appreciate the support given to Ed throughout the years he had the opportunity of representing this great community.

As a family, we are committed to continuing his legacy of good works and dedicated service to his constituents.

Karen Mayne
Paul and Jana Mayne
Jamie and Trever Jennings
Red and Ruth Mayne
Connie and Craig Webb
Shauna and Mike Petersen
Terry Glover
Phil and Barbara Hibler

Ed Mayne’s Funeral

What a beautiful day and an honor to Ed Mayne and the work he’s done. THANK YOU so much to all the people who have shown support over the last few days in making this a special memorial to a great man.


Front Page of the Salt Lake Tribune: Mayne hailed as champion of underprivileged – By Glen Warchol

excerpts: Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. remembered working with Mayne in the last year to find ways of funding better pay for teachers and health care for the poor.
“He will be remembered for bringing hope and healing to every corner of this state,” Huntsman told a few hundred mourners, including Republican U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, and dozens of state and local office holders.

But the most touching memories were of a man with a “heart so big,” who loved his family, fast food, poker, ducks on the wing and a golden retriever named Chance.

Mayne’s son Paul recited his father’s favorite prayer: “Bless the unemployed that they find work. Bless the homeless that they find shelter. And bless the children.”
Mayne was born in Magna in 1945 and graduated from Granger High School. He worked in Kennecott Copper’s Bingham Canyon mine. Mayne became active in the local chapter of the United Steel Workers of America and was elected president in 1977. At the age of 32, he became the leader of Utah’s AFL-CIO…

Paul Mayne said his father loved Christmas to the point he chose Christmas songs as cell phone ring tones and played holiday music in his car year around. Mayne was never happier than in his duck blind in the wetlands near Salt Lake International Airport.
“My father lived a great life, and he loved his life,” Paul Mayne said. (full article)

Family at the funeral

Deseret News: Ed Mayne’s magnanimity spotlighted at his funeral by Lisa Riley Roche

WEST VALLEY CITY — Ed Mayne always looked out for the little guy, a quality his family and friends recalled Friday at services for the late state senator and longtime labor leader.

“My dad was a man of the people,” Mayne’s son, Paul, told the nearly 1,000 people including political and union leaders gathered in the lofty hall of West Valley’s Cultural Celebration Center.

The prayers of the AFL-CIO president and influential Democrat always ended with a special blessing for the unemployed, the homeless and others in need, Paul said, describing his father as a man who also enjoyed a trip to Wendover to play the slot machines.

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., a Republican, praised Mayne for focusing as a lawmaker on issues aimed at lifting, promoting, healing and offering hope “to the corners of the community that need it most.”

Better known as “Eddie,” Mayne, 62, died of cancer Sunday at his West Valley home, surrounded by his family. He had served as a state senator since 1994 and was assistant minority whip.

Salt Lake County Councilman Randy Horiuchi said that while both he and Mayne liked to exaggerate, the simple truth is that “Ed Mayne did more for everyday Utahns than any public official in the history of the state.”

In addition to the legislation and labor initiatives that Mayne was directly involved in, Horiuchi said the “Great Oz” was often instrumental behind the scenes in getting projects funded, such as a senior center in Kearns.

Horiuchi, too, said that Mayne had a special touch with those who most needed help. “He was their hero.”

Another Democrat, Blaze Wharton, a former state senator who first met Mayne 30 years ago, said he “never disregarded or dismissed anyone” and earned the respect and even the affection of the state’s dominant GOP.

And Wharton said that although he counted their close relationship as one of the most important in his life, it was not unique. He said many of the men and women in the audience — some in business suits, some in work clothes — shared the same relationship with Mayne.

Mayne’s daughter, Jamie Jennings, tearfully recited the lyrics to her father’s favorite song, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” and said he was always willing to help someone out. “Nothing was too much for him. … He always did it with open arms.”

Dnews Funeral of Senator Ed Mayne

Paul, too, had to repeatedly wipe away tears as he spoke. He said while his father was seen publicly as a tough negotiator and politician, “when he came home and the cowboy boots came off, he was a real softy.”

A huge fan of the Christmas season, Mayne kept a holiday ringtone on his cell phone throughout the year. He loved to eat, Paul said, and would often take family and friends on fast-food runs that included multiple stops.

Sports were how Mayne relaxed, Paul said, ranging from fantasy football to duck hunting with his beloved golden retriever dogs. At the end, Paul said, his father told him to “look down the third-base line. I’ll always be there.”

Mayne was buried at Valley View Memorial Park in West Valley City. A fund-raiser intended to benefit his family as well as other cancer patients will be held Tuesday and will include tributes from Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and others.

Hatch was among the public officials present Friday, along with the only Democrat in Utah’s congressional delegation, Rep. Jim Matheson, and many current and former state lawmakers. (full article)

Dnews Funeral of Senator Ed Mayne

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Utah’s working families say goodbye to Ed Mayne ABC4 Utah

A long line of people gathered at the Union Labor Center on Redwood Road to pay their last respects to Ed Mayne. The Utah state senator and president of the state AFL-CIO passed away Sunday at the age of 62.

His friends explain why the turnout was so large,” AFL-CIO president Jim Judd says,” Ed had a passion that he threw into everything that he did whether it was serving on a county council, being the president of the state AFL-CIO or being a state senator, he touched so many lives.”

Many of those who were touched by Mayne waited patiently to say goodbye Wednesday night. Two firefighting honor guards flanked Mayne’s open casket, while his wife Karen greeted the well-wishers. Mayne was a fearless legislator and labor leader who always stood tall for working men and women. Mike Fredrickson of the Salt Lake City Fire Department says,” He was a gentle giant that could reach across party lines. He was a Democrat but all the Republicans liked him too. He was just a great man.”

Firefighters on watch

Many people Wednesday night called Ed Mayne a great man, but his daughter Jamie just called him dad. She told us what she’ll miss the most about her father. Jamie Jennings says,” Probably his heart. He fought for everything he believed in to the very last breath. He helped the people who couldn’t help themselves.” Mike Fredrickson says,” That was his motto. To make sure that every working man got their wages and working conditions taken care of.”

The crowds are expected to be even larger Thursday night when visitation is held at the state capitol. Mayne will be buried Friday in West Valley. (full article / video)

More Kind Articles

Mayne remembered as a man of character by Bob Bernick Jr.
Deseret Morning News

Eddie, as Mayne was known to all who knew him, was a character.

But also a man of character.

Elected as the then-youngest state president of the AFL-CIO in his early 30s, Eddie was a fixture on Capitol Hill long before he won a Senate seat in 1994 from his much-beloved Salt Lake County west side.

A fighter for the “working man and woman,” Eddie, a big man with a big heart, would drive up to the Capitol in a huge, American/union-made car and walk the halls in a swinging motion, talking to everyone.

There are a lot of lovely Eddie Mayne stories. I have but a few. (full article)

Mayne a champion for victim by Paul Rolly
Salt Lake Tribune

Since the death of Sen. Ed Mayne on Sunday, praise for his accomplishments and his compassion for the less fortunate has been streaming in from friends and colleagues.
But few have as personal a memory for the Democratic lawmaker and labor leader’s big heart as Jennifer Boone.
She was kidnapped and raped 10 years ago when she was 15. Her assailant was caught nearly five years later trying to kidnap another child. She picked him out of a lineup and he was convicted of kidnapping her. But she felt like a victim a second time when she learned that he would not be charged with raping her because the four-year statute of limitations on rape had expired.
She became an advocate for a longer statute of limitations on rape, talking to legislators and state officials, who ignored her – until she contacted Mayne.
“He really cared,” she said this week. He introduced a bill to extend the statute of limitations to eight years. When he brought Boone to the Legislature to testify on behalf of the bill, the legislators were so moved that even the fact it was sponsored by a Democrat didn’t deter it from passing.
“It was too late for my case,” she said. “But he empowered me. He gave me the closest thing to justice I could get.” (full article)

Utah Labor Leader Will Be Missed By Utah Workers KUTV 2 News

“The absence of Ed will be a huge void in my life, I’m not sure I’ll ever get over,” says Allan Ayoub of the AFL-CIO of Utah.

Ed Mayne’s office is empty, yet still alive with reminders of a life of meetings with presidents, influential leaders and of special honors, but his passion was always the workers of Utah.

Jeff Worthington of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers says, “He wanted a fair wage for everybody, wanted everyone to have health and welfare.”

Ed Mayne was born and raised in Utah. He married his love Karen and grew his family here. He was a hard rock miner for 14 years. At the age of 31, he was the youngest person ever elected to head a state AFL-CIO. For 30 years, he rallied laborers and helped strengthen unions in a state not friendly to organized labor.

“People began to accept organized labor in a totally different manner,” says Ayoub. (full article with video)

KVNU’s For The People

We’ll talk with Rob Miller, Vice Chair of the Utah Democratic Party and proprietor of UtahAmicus.com about the recent passing of State Senator Ed Mayne as well as other issues. (listen)

Friends Remember State Sen. Ed Mayne KSL 5 News

“He was a constant fighter for the disadvantaged,” Senate Minority Leader Mike Dmitrich said. “He always looked out for the working person — union or non-union.”

Dmitrich remembered Mayne as a very hard, tough lobbyist who wasn’t afraid to push hard for his cause. As a lawmaker, Dmitrich said Mayne was just as determined, but always had the respect of his opponents.

“He was probably the most compassionate, loving person you would ever know,” Dmitrich said. (video + comments)

Ed Mayne remembered for lifetime of service

On the Record
Fantastic article and news segment by Chris Vanocur and ABC4 News (video viewable on the right)

As a state senator and labor leader, he fought for things like a higher minimum wage, senior centers and ball fields for kids.

“That’s what life is all about. Judge me by my works. Judge me by the things I’ve done to help others,” said Mayne.

Randy Horiuchi, a close friend adds, “I am not certain there is a human being in the history of the state of Utah who have effected more people in a positive way than Ed Mayne.”

Daily Kos – In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Ed Mayne – by BlackGriffen

I was a bright high school student, and by the time I had reached my junior year I figured I was going places. I was a good student with decent grades, great test scores, and an Ok record in debate. In order to improve my chances to get into college, I figured going to one of the summer schools run by colleges was just the thing. One in particular caught my eye: this summer school at Georgetown run by the Junior Statesmen of America.

Attendance, of course, is not cheap. So much so that they include a Fundraising Packet with their other informational materials. Naturally, I applied for the scholarship and didn’t get it, so I had to turn to fundraising. Now, IRL I’m a rather shy person, so you can imagine that I’m not very good at asking people for money. I think I may have contacted a dozen people in all. One of my teachers had helped to identify philanthropic individuals in the community to contact, so I had better than zero odds, but none of the people we had brainstormed about I gave any money nor much of a response. At some later point, I figured, “What the Hell, I’ll try a couple of politicians. They should be able to see the value in sending someone to a school like that.” So, I contacted two State Senators. The result was the only donations I got for my efforts: two from Ed Mayne (one from him, personally, and one from the AFL-CIO) and one from Millie Peterson. It is worth noting that I was not one of Ed Mayne’s constituents.

In the end I did get to go, thanks to the generosity of these two and of my parents. (full blog post)

Ed's AFL-CIO office

Eddie Paul Mayne – A Life Well Lived

1945 – 2007
Ed Mayne’s Obituary
Senator Ed P. Mayne

Our devoted husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and friend, Eddie Paul Mayne, 62, passed away peacefully at home on November 25, 2007, surrounded by his loving family.

Ed was born on September 16, 1945, in Bingham Canyon, Utah, son of Rolland (Red) and Ruth Oliver Mayne. He married Karen Marie Hibler on September 21, and are the parents of two children. They shared their loving companionship for 39 years. Ed attended Granger High School, Snow College and the University of Utah. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Salt Lake Community College.

Ed was noted in a recent interview as one of the most influential Democrats in the State of Utah. He served as a State Senator since 1994, where he remained dedicated to the people in his district and guaranteed that their concerns and needs were heard and acted upon. He also proudly served as Utah State AFL-CIO President since 1977 and fulfilled his commitment to his fellow brothers and sisters with loyalty and honor.

During Ed’s career, he was a consumer advocate to the Federal Reserve Bank Of San Francisco representing Utah and nine other western states. Other committee’s include the United Way Executive Committee ; Workers Compensation Legislative Advisory Board; Blue Cross Blue Shield Executive Board; University of Utah Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and numerous other influential committees.

2002 Winter OlympicsEd was asked by then-SLC Olympic Organizer Mitt Romney, to carry the Winter Olympic Torch through Kearns. Ed was one of just three known public elected officials in the nation to have carried the Olympic Torch in 2002.

In 1993, “Ed Mayne Street” was dedicated as a tribute for his community service to Salt Lake County and his help in developing Oquirrh Hill Park across from Kearns High School. In recognition for his support to the schools within his district, Granite School Board is dedicating the Hunter High Football stadium in his name.

Ed is survived by his devoted wife, Karen; children, Paul (Jana) Mayne; Jamie (Trever) Jennings; parents, Red and Ruth Mayne; sisters, Connie (Craig) Webb; Shauna (Mike) Petersen; Terry Glover, and brother-in-law Phil (Barbara) Hibler. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jackson, Maddy, Eli, and several nieces and nephews. Ed will be missed by all those that knew and loved him.

Funeral services will be held:

  • Friday, November 30, 2007 at 11:00 am at the West Valley City Cultural Celebration Center (3100 South 1355 West).

Viewings will be held:

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2007, from 6-8 pm at the Utah Labor Center ( 2261 South Redwood Road), and
  • Thursday, November 29, 2007, in the Senate Chamber at the State Capitol from 6-8 pm.

The family would like to thank the many dedicated doctors and nurses who cared for Ed over the past several months, and a special thank you to Tony and Sandy Montano. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to the United Way of Salt Lake City, the Caring Foundation for Children, the Utah Cancer Specialists, the Golden Retriever Rescue Center, or a charity of your choice in Ed’s name.

A Tribute to Ed’s life will be celebrated on Tuesday December 4. For more information, please visit the following website: www.edmayne.com.

Funeral Service Information

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Viewing / Visitation
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Union Labor Center
2261 South Redwood Road

Thursday, November 29, 2007
Viewing / Visitation
Utah State Senate Chambers
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
West Building
Utah State Capitol Campus
Salt Lake City

Visitors to the Capitol may park in available employee parking stalls during the viewing.

Friday, November 30, 2007
Funeral Services
11:00 a.m.
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South
West Valley City

Please call the Utah State Senate for more information: 801-538-1035.

The December 4th event in honor of Senator Mayne is still on. More information here.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to:

Notable Articles and Posts

End of an Era—The Passing of Senator Ed Mayne – by Senate Minority Leader, Mike Dmitrich

“Ed was a champion,” Senator Gene Davis, Senate Minority Whip, remarked. “When Ed spoke, he spoke for and to the working men and women of Utah. He stood up for families be it a working wage, health care, education, or seniors. Senator Mayne championed the common person.” (full blog post)

Sen. Ed Mayne – by Steve Urquhart

Anyone who maintains that Democrats can’t be successful in the Legislature (because of the supermajority), only needed to follow Ed for a day, to see that Democrats can be very successful. (full blog post)

Ed’s Senate Intern – Curtis Haring

As an intern for Senator Mayne during this past legislative session, I found myself continually awed by how great of a man Ed Mayne was. After discussing a bill that was doomed to fail he said to me a quote I will never forget: “I know it won’t pass; but damn it, it is the right thing to do.” (full blog post)

You Will Be Eternally Missed – by JM Bell

I don’t think I’ve had my breath taken away from news as quick as this did it. Senator Eddie has been an inspiration to me and I cannot fathom the size of the hole Eddie’s passing will cause in the lives of those who knew him.

Senator Mayne once teared up when we talked about dogs we’ve had that have died, and, from that moment on, my feelings for him changed from appreciation to adoration. Senator Ed was a kind, irreverent and compassionate man who spent his life doing hard work. (full blog post)

KVNU’s For The People

he was a friend to all regardless of party or political philosophy and a salt of the earth kind of guy who identified with regular working Utahns. (full blog post)

Good Bye Old Friend – Obi wan liberali

Sen. Ed Mayne will be missed by many. Eddie was unashamed to stand up for working men and women. He valued those whose hands got dirty and greasy and brought home paycheck and raised a family. If first met Eddie Mayne back in 1984 when he was the head of the AFL-CIO and I was involved in as a political volunteer on several levels. Eddie was a guy who could motivate others to put forward alot of effort on behalf of issues important to them such as worker’s rights, benefits, health care and affordable housing. When he entered the Senate in the 1990’s, Utah gained a much needed legislative advocate for working people and the issues important to them. (full blog post)

Thank you all so much for your kind words. Ed loved you all.

Farewell Senator Mayne, by John Valentine

A beautiful farewell written by Utah Senate President, John Valentine

Ed Mayne on the Utah Senate Floor

We are saddened to have lost our good friend and colleague, Senator Ed Mayne. Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen and the rest of the family. Ed was a giant of a man, not only in physical stature, but in his passion for the working men and women of this nation. Ed’s humor, life, and work touched so many people on both sides of the aisle and throughout the state.

My introduction to Ed occurred as a freshman in the Utah House of Representatives. There was a “Union Guy” who often sat on the back row. It was clear that he was not a Representative, but seemed to commanded significant respect. I asked one of the more senior members of the House (Frank Knowleton) who the big guy was, sitting in the back on the Democratic side of the aisle and why did he have so much power. Frank said: “That’s Ed. You probably won’t agree with him all the time, but you will develop great respect for his ability to know an issue.”

Now, nearly twenty years later my early impression of Ed has not changed. Ed Mayne, now Senator Mayne, mastered the art of being a gentleman, while arguing forcefully for what he believed.

Ed has been an absolute blessing to the Utah State Senate. We all have Ed stories that make us laugh, or cry, or just serve to emphasize his courage and dignity. One thing worth mentioning is the unique friendship that developed between Senator Mayne and the current Senate Majority Leader. Both men are strong willed and able advocates of their often opposing positions. Yet, as the debates on the floor often intensified, I noted from the dais a fair and honest approach develop between them. This is true of his relationship with many if not all of his senate colleagues. Ed truly had mastered the art of being a gentleman senator, while not backing down on his core beliefs. That kind of respect and insightful discussion is exactly what we need to craft sensible policy. We need to hang on to that aspect of Ed Mayne’s legacy.

The friendship between Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator Ed Mayne is also noteworthy. On visits to the state senate, Senator Hatch would sometimes comment about his respect for Ed. Senator Mayne seemed to take it personally (in a good way) when Senator Hatch made references to the fact that he was once a union card holding member. I was too, for that matter, and walked picket lines in the summer of 1971. Of course Ed would never pass up a chance to scold Senator Hatch and me for leaving the true faith and becoming Republicans.

Ed Mayne leaves us a legacy of effective public service and commitment to principle.

We love you, Eddie, and we will miss you.

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Thank you John and all the Utah Senators.

KCPW Radio Interview with State Democratic Chair

Wayne Holland remembers Senator Ed Mayne and tells KCPW’s Eric Ray about his initial reaction to the death of Senator Ed Mayne. They also discuss Karen Mayne as the successor to Ed’s Senate seat.


Flags lowered in honor of Senator Ed Mayne

Riding with his sister Shauna

Governor Huntsman Extends Condolences to Mayne Family (link)
Salt Lake City – Utah Governor Jon Huntsman issued the following statement regarding the passing of Senator Ed Mayne:

“Senator Mayne served honorably and selflessly in an effort to make Utah a better place for all Utahns. Eddie epitomized pubic service in all that he did throughout his career and community. His devotion to those who were in need of help should stand as an example to all. One could always count on Senator Mayne to stand up for those who could not defend themselves. On behalf of a grateful State, Mary Kaye and I offer our most sincere condolences to Karen and the rest of the Mayne family.”

The Governor has authorized the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah to be lowered in honor of Senator Ed Mayne. The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all state-owned facilities on the day of interment.

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