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Henry (Hank) Welch

Henry (Hank) Welch

Henry Burt (Hank) Welch passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 30, 2017, from natural causes. He was born on October 19, 1949.  Hank graduated from Highland High School in 1968, and he received an economics degree from the University of Utah.  He was a research director and was active in two senatorial campaigns as a legislative assistant/policy analyst at both a state and federal level.  He was a writer of satirical lyrics. He had a sharp and entertaining wit.

A memorial service was held in Emigration Canyon, one of Hank’s favorite places to be, on September 1, 2017, where his ashes were strewn. Hank was survived by a brother and three sisters, as well as many nieces, nephews, close cousins and many friends who loved him dearly.


A very close relative of Henry Welch  gave me this information to help me compose this tribute of his life and death. (Liz Kratzer)

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07/22/18 09:20 PM #1    

E. Patrice Jensen

I did not know of Hank's passing until reading  "In Memory".  I am so, so sad.  I invited Hank to the girl's day dance (Senior year?) and he was surprised and I was pleased.  We didn't really know each other - traveling in separate groups.  He just happened to be in my English class and read a piece from "The Catcher in the Rye".  It was a memorable dance for me.  Hank and I renewed our friendship in college  where I truly enjoyed his wicked wit and battled with his political views, which differed with mine. After college, when I moved to California, I would see him again while visiting Robynne Matheson and other Highland friends. He was so full of life and fun to be around. I hope he is  someplace nice and surrounded by friends and family.  He will be missed.  Patrice Jensen

08/08/18 07:39 AM #2    

Richard McAffee

This is a note to let people know of Hank Welch. My brother Tom McAffee who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada was a good friend of Hank's. When my brother would come home to visit he would stay at my house. If Hank was in town they would have breakfast at the Dee/s Family Restaurant on 700 East. They would spend hours talking about politics, life, and their friendship. My brother and Hank were loyal friends. I think we all can use loyal friends. I stayed and had breakfast one time and saw the wit flow from Hank. A wonderful guy. I know my brother was saddened when Hank passed away. This is one reason we hold reunions to keep friendships. Enjoy the reunion!

08/09/18 10:34 AM #3    

E. Patrice Jensen

Richard - Do you know the reason for Hank's passing?  I'm still reeling.  Patrice Jensen

08/15/18 07:40 AM #4    

Susan Jones (Callihan)

Cousin Hank:  I miss you a lot along with my brother Felton.  Between the two of you, not sure whose antics were better.  Combined I think.  I remember so, so many holidays, barbeques, birthdays, and other family gatherings and celebrations at my parents house, AKA: The Hartford Street Manor.   All those many Bear Lake trips to the family home.  My parents thought the world of you, along with your many cousins.  You were more like a brother to all of us.  We will always miss you.....Love, Susan (Jones) Callihan.

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