Haven J. Barlow is first recipient of DATC's Legacy Award

Haven J. Barlow has a knack for appearing when opportunity knocks. As the first recipient of Davis Applied Technology College's Legacy Award, he humbly downplayed his achievements at the College's Community Recognition Luncheon, held Thursday. "Anyone could have done what I did," he said. "I was just in the right place at the right time."

Luckily for DATC, Haven knew how to take advantage of those opportunities. As a member of the Utah State Legislature for 42 consecutive years, Haven sponsored many bills to advance education in Utah, not the least of which was the creation of DATC's predecessor, Davis Applied Vocational Center, in 1978. He also led the effort to purchase land where DATC stands today. He also led Weber State University's transition to a four-year university, helped open Hill Aerospace Museum, Antelope State Park, Utah Botanical Center, and various other educational institutions.

DATC's president, Michael J. Bouwhuis, refers to Haven at the godfather of Applied Technology Colleges, and DATC clearly holds a special place in Haven's heart. He has been on the Foundation Board since its inception and has helped secure funding for the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Building and the Haven J. and Bonnie Rae Barlow Building. He continues to make gifts to students so that they have both funding and opportunity to change their lives.

Other speakers at the luncheon included Alanna Wilson, NASA scholarship recipient and founder of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund; Davis Hospital and Medical Center, Business Partner of the Year recipient; Weber State University, Education Partner of the Year recipient; and Senator Jerry W. Stevenson, Community Advocate of the Year recipient.

More information and a video tribute can be found at http://www.standard.net/Education/2016/05/13/True-legend-Haven-J-Barlow-honored-for-service.html