A pioneer in Utah aviation, jacob edwin garn earned the first pilot’s license issued in the State of Utah. He began his flying career as a pilot in World War I. With that experience and a background in engineering, he worked his way through the early Bureau of Air Commerce to become Regional Supervisor of eleven western states, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Recognizing the need for airport development in the state, the Governor of Utah recruited Garn to found and prepare legislation for the Utah Division of Aeronautics. Garn also became its first Director. The long range airport plan and the development of most major airports in the state airport system are largely due to his untiring efforts.
The many honors received by Garn were capped with his election as Vice-President of the National Association of State Aviation Officials. He was a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the father of former Utah senator and astronaut, Jake Garn.