A love for living, the Savior and for people everywhere characterized the life of former Gov. Herbert B. Maw, who will be honored at funeral services Wednesday in Salt Lake City.
Maw, 97, who served as Utah's eighth governor for two terms during the 1940s and who was a state senator and active in church and civic affairs, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 1990, in a Holladay health-care center. He had been in ill health since June.The funeral for Maw, a former counselor in the Salt Lake 9th Ward bishopric, a member of the Liberty Stake High Council and a member of the Sunday School and MIA General Board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be at noon in the Garden Park 1st LDS Ward chapel, 1150 Yale Ave.
Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour before services Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, where a flag ceremony will be conducted by the Utah Highway Patrol.
Maw's wife, the former Florence Buehler, whom he married June 22, 1921, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, died Nov. 14, 1984.
As Maw's family and friends prepared for the funeral, tributes were offered Monday by Gov. Norm Bangerter and former Gov. J. Bracken Lee.
As a young boy, Bangerter said, Maw was the first governor he remembers.
"Gov. Maw will long be remembered for his outstanding abilities. He was always optimistic and good-humored. His outgoing personality and enthusiasm for life was a good example for all of us. The people of Utah have lost a great leader."
Lee, 91, who was mayor of Price and Salt Lake City, recalled his long association with Maw.
"With the exception of our political differences, I always liked him. We were good friends and were able to maintain contact until he had to go into a nursing home. I sympathize with relatives in his loss because I know he had a lot of friends."
As a boy, young Maw was considered timid and a mediocre student. Not until high school did he began to realize his timidity and lack of self-confidence were weaknesses that could be overcome. He accumulated four academic degrees: bachelor of arts, master of science and bachelor and doctor of laws. He attributed much of his own success in life to the fact that he always set goals and worked to fulfill them.
He became involved in debate and government affairs. After three years, he finally won his first debate in his senior year.
"All disappointments over previous failures vanished at once, and my past doubts concerning continuing with my education disappeared," Maw once said.
One year, while working toward a law degree at the University of Utah, Maw mustered up courage to try out for a minor part in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." To his amazement, director Maude May Babcock chose him for the major role of Thesius, the King. He later starred in other university productions.
His participation in school plays and other forensics made him known to his fellow students. As a result, he was elected senior class president, appointed to the staff of the "Utonian" yearbook and chosen as a member of the Beehive Club, an honor society.
With determination, Maw overcame his timidity, Richard S. Fox, a fellow attorney and Maw's former bishop, observed, "He (Maw) puts everyone at ease, and he is equally at home with the young and old, famous and unknown."
"No worthwhile attainment comes easy," Maw wrote in his autobiography, "Adventures With Life," which was published in 1978. "So if one seeks achievement, he should expect problems, but when they appear, he should not surrender to them, or permit them to control his behavior. Instead, he should learn to survive discouragements and disappointments - to be master of himself and not become a puppet to opposition."
Plans for the funeral
Family members, Gov. Norman H. Bangerter and an emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be among participants at services Wednesday for former Gov. Herbert B. Maw.
Bishop Steven Tyler of the Garden Park 1st Ward, Bonneville Utah Stake, will conduct the services.
Eugene S. Bowers, first counselor in the Garden Park 1st Ward bishopric, will give a eulogy.
Ralph B. Maw, a son, will speak, and tributes will be given by grandchildren Ben Hathaway Jr., Richard W. Maw, Keri Lynn Smith and Shelley Larson.
Bangerter will give final remarks.
An organ medley will be played by Clyde Rasmussen, with other musical numbers to be presented by the family.
H. Warren Maw, another son of the former governor, will give the family prayer. Prayers at the funeral will be given by J. William Nibley, a son-in-law, and by Elder Sterling W. Sill. Benson L. Hathaway, a son-in-law, will dedicate the grave.