Haven J. Barlow/Bonnie Rae Ellison Barlow

Haven J. Barlow was born in 1922 in Clearfield, Utah, and Bonnie Rae Ellison Barlow was born in 1923 in Layton, Utah. They were married in 1944, while Haven was serving as an officer in the U. S. Navy. They are the parents of six children: Jesselie (Anderson), Heidi (Harris), Haven J. Jr., Duncan E., Stewart E., and Rachel (Richardson).

As a young woman, Bonnie Rae served as the editor of the Davis High School student newspaper and later attended the University of Utah. She also studied at the University of Mexico, where she acquired a life-long love of the Mexican people and their culture. She has worked with emotionally disturbed children through the Children’s Center and been at various times a member of the Women’s Legislative Council, Utah Symphony Guild, Ballet West Guild, Salt Lake City Assistance League, and the Bay View Club. She has also served as an LDS Ward Relief Society president.

An enthusiastic horsewoman and photographer, Bonnie Rae also excelled in pottery making, a skill she enhanced by taking lessons from renowned Indian potter Maria Martinez.

Haven J. Barlow is a graduate of the Utah Agricultural College, now Utah State University. Following service in World War II, he entered the real estate and insurance business in Layton, Utah.

Active in business and community affairs, he served on the boards of the First National Bank of Layton and the Utah Symphony and is a past president of the Ogden Board of Realtors, and the Trapper Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Haven also served as an LDS bishop and is the recipient of the Silver Beaver award and an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Weber State University.

Haven J. Barlow is best known for his work as a member of the Utah State Legislature, where he served for forty-two years – longer than anyone else in the history of the state – serving for three terms as president of the Senate. While a member of the Utah State Senate, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Davis Applied Technology Center, Ogden/Weber Applied Technology Center, Davis Campus of Weber State University, Hill Aerospace Museum, and the purchase and creation of Antelope Island as a State Park.

This is one of several memorial plaques at the Senator Haven J. Barlow Field at Layton High School (440 N Wasatch Drive in Layton, Utah)