Ira Alvin Huggins, 93, died April 17, 1991 at his home in Ogden.
He was born March 8, 1898 in Fountain Green, Sanpete County, Utah, son of George William and Christina Hansen Huggins. He married Nannie Leona Ashcroft July 18, 1919 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple; she preceded him in death March 17, 1985.Surviving are two sons and two daughters, Ira Gordon (Camille Larsen) Huggins, Ogden; Hugh W. (Connie Reid) Huggins, Ogden; Mrs. Allen (Neva) Henderson, Salt Lake City; Mrs. James (Geraldine) Dokos, Irvine, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Hunggins passed the State Bar and received his LLB degree in law in 1925; he has practiced law in Ogden since that time specializing in Estate Planning, probate, eminent domain, and personal injury cases.
He served in the Utah State Senate for 16 years, 1930-46, and as president of the Utah State Senate, 1939-40. He served as secretary of the Weber County Democratic Party, and as Weber County Democratic Chairman for five years. He was a member of the Council of State Governments, and member of the Inter-State Corporate Commission. He was Chairman of the Presidential Electors in 1948-49; chairman of the Ogden Charter Commission, which drafted the Ogden City Charter. He served as president of the Weber County Bar Association, and president of the Utah State Bar Association; was Lawyer of the Year, by the State Bar Association, in July, 1978. He was a delegate to the American Bar and British Law Society Convention in London, England, 1957.
He was president of the Ogden Kiwanis Club and served as lieutenant Governor and Governor of the Utah-Idaho District Kiwanis International.
He had served as president of the Ogden Knife and Fork Club, as president and vice-president of the Lake Bonneville Council, Boy Scouts of America for two years, and received the Silver Beaver Scouting Award.
He was listed in "Who's Who in America" in 1960, 1970, and 1980. He also served as service officer for the American Legion. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Weber State College in 1970. He was a member of the Utah State Board of Regents for eight years. He received an honorary Masters degree in Higher Education from Weber State College September 21, 1977.
During the depression, he sponsored legislation to prevent the abolishing of Jr. Colleges in Utah, which included Weber State, Snow and Dixie colleges, and adoption of Utah as part of the higher education system. He worked closely with Weber College since that time. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Weber College for four years, and a member of the Advisory Board for 16 years. He received a Crystal Crest Award in 1988.
He served as the County Chairman for the March of Dimes for 10 years, and as state director, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis for 10 years. While serving as Polio director, he obtained a grant of $25,000 to equip a polio ward in St. Benedicts Hospital in Ogden.
He served in many positions in the LDS Church, including High Priest Group teacher, High Councilman, and served as a bishop for four years. He was known as an outstanding teacher and instructor of many Gospel Doctrine classes. He was a member of the High Priest Group, Ogden East Stake, and a member of the Ogden 41st LDS Ward.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., in the Ogden 41st Ward Chapel, 3254 Polk Avenue, in Ogden, with Bishop Glen M. Eliason officiating. Friends may call at Larkin & Sons Mortuary, 496 24th Street, in Ogden, Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, at the ward chapel from 10-10:45 a.m. Interment, Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Heart Fund.
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