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Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News
Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson, left, speaks about former Mayor Jake Garn, center, as current Mayor Jackie Biskupski looks on at the Salt Lake City-County Building on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, which Biskupski proclaimed Thursday to be Mayor Jake Garn Day. In the proclamation, Biskupski highlighted Garn’s service to the community and nation as a member of the U.S. Navy and Utah Air National Guard, member of the Salt Lake City Commission, mayor of Salt Lake City and U.S. senator. In 1985 Garn served as a volunteer payload specialist on the space shuttle Discovery, making him the first Salt Lake City resident in outer space.

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson, left, speaks about former Mayor Jake Garn, center, as current Mayor Jackie Biskupski looks on at the Salt Lake City-County Building, after Biskupski proclaimed Thursday to be Mayor Jake Garn Day. In the proclamation, Biskupski highlighted Garn’s service to the community and nation as a member of the U.S. Navy and Utah Air National Guard, member of the Salt Lake City Commission, mayor of Salt Lake City and U.S. senator. In 1985 Garn served as a volunteer payload specialist on the space shuttle Discovery, making him the first Salt Lake resident in outer space. According to the proclamation, Garn's legacy as mayor includes the enactment of urban renewal initiatives, Main Street beautification efforts, additional runway space at the Salt Lake City International Airport and creation of the city’s first 911 emergency telephone number system. “Sen. Garn’s lifetime of service to our community has helped strengthen both our city and the state,” Biskupski said. “He has represented the people of Salt Lake City with dignity, across the nation, world and even into space — our city is a better place because of him.”