Sen. Ed Mayne

There will be two viewings for Sen. Ed Mayne, D-West Valley, reflecting the twin arenas of his public service: first in a labor center, then in the Utah Capitol.

Mayne, who died Sunday, was president of the Utah AFL-CIO and was elected to the Senate four times.

The first viewing will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Utah Labor Center, 2261 S. Redwood Road. The following night a viewing will take place 6 to 8 p.m. in the Senate Chamber, West Building of the State Capitol Campus.

Funeral services for Mayne are scheduled for Friday, said Jamie Jennings, his daughter. They are set for 11 a.m. in the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City.

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. will attend the funeral.

"He sat around this table many, many times with Democratic leadership and brought a great deal of common sense to our debates and discussions," the governor said Monday in his boardroom.

Meanwhile, Salt Lake County Democratic Party delegates are planning to meet Dec. 12 to nominate successors to Mayne and Rep. Ralph Becker, D-Salt Lake, who is Salt Lake City's mayor-elect.

A fund-raiser to help the Mayne family with medical bills is scheduled for Dec. 4, said Randy Horiuchi, a member of the Salt Lake County Council. Planned for the Grand America Hotel, its speakers will include Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, he said.

"We're going to have a tribute, and his (Mayne's) family, of course, will all be there," he said. Before Maybe died, a video was prepared showing highlights from his life.

"I think it will still be a tribute and a bit of a roast," Horiuchi added, speaking of the fund-raiser. "Ed is one of the most beloved public officials that I've ever known."

Accolades for Mayne were continuing to arrive at the Deseret Morning News.

On Sunday, the Utah AFL-CIO noted in a press release, "His joyous, battling spirit that so distinguished his life and his politics will be missed."

For more than 30 yeas, the union group said, Mayne "raised his voice on behalf of Utah's working families. What some considered idealism, he called common sense."

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff issued a statement Monday noting that he worked with Mayne on a number of issues for nearly a decade. Shurtleff "learned from him what is the essence of public service: namely dedication to the people's good."

Although sometimes they differed politically, he added, Mayne's robust laugh and strong handshake left him knowing their disagreements were not personal.

"We could always find ways to look after the interest of the citizens we both served," Shurtleff said.

No one did more for rank-and-file working-class Utahns, the attorney general concluded, "than my friend and colleague, Sen. Eddie Mayne.

"I will miss him, and the state of Utah, while enriched by his service, is poorer today at his passing."


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Contributing: Lisa Riley Roche