Herman J. Hogensen, longtime Salt Lake City recorder who for more than three decades was considered the public's best source of information on city government, died Wednesday, March 13, 1991, at the age of 83.

Mr. Hogensen was named acting city recorder and then city recorder in 1956, a job he held for the next 19 years. He maintained meticulous written records of all city government activities in the days before computers and could - and always would - retrieve any information requested by the press and public.Elected officials often referred to him as "Mr. Salt Lake City" and "a genuine public servant." In 1975, Mr. Hogensen was appointed city water commissioner, succeeding Jake Garn, who had been elected to the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Hogensen was born Aug. 23, 1907, in Salt Lake City to Herman Julius and Pernille Brekke Hogensen. He attended West High School and the LDS Business College. He was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad and later served as deputy Salt Lake County clerk and secretary to the County Commission.

Following a four-year tour of duty in the Pacific Theater during World War II, Mr. Hogensen returned to Salt Lake City and joined the city recorder's office as a clerk in 1946.

A lifelong member of the Capitol Hill Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as bishop for five years.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Larkin Mortuary Chapel, 260 E. South Temple, where friends may call one hour prior to the services and from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.