The former chairman of the Utah Transportation Commission died Feb. 28, 1988, in Salt Lake City following a long illness. He was 59.

Clem H. Church resigned from the commission in July 1986, citing poor health as the reason. He had been appointed to the Road Commission in April 1965 by then-Gov. Calvin Rampton.He served under Rampton, Gov. Scott Matheson, under whose administration the name of the commission was changed to the Transportation Commission, and under Gov. Norm Bangerter. His 21 years of service was longer than any other commissioner in the history of either commission.

The Paris, Idaho, native was instrumental in developing the U-95 "Bicentennial Highway" through scenic southeastern Utah, the paving of U-12 from Boulder, Garfield County, to Grover, Wayne County, and the development of the interstate freeway system in Utah.

As a commission member, he represented Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Washington, Sevier and Wayne counties.

For 20 years, Mr. Church owned and operated the Blue Pine Motel and Service Station in Panguitch. He was president of the Panguitch Chamber of Commerce and served on the Garfield Board of Education and the Garfield Memorial Hospital Foundation. He was active in Garfield County real estate developments.

Funeral will by March 4 at 1 p.m. in the Panguitch LDS Stake Center. Friends may call between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The family suggests contributions to the Davis County Downs Syndrome Support Group, in care of the Barnes Bank, Kaysville.