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Utah legislator, farm equipment dealer dies

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A farm equipment dealer and Utah lawmaker recently passed away.
A farm equipment dealer and Utah lawmaker recently passed away.

A recent story from the Salt Lake Tribune noted that a former legislator and farm equipment dealer from Utah died.

Charles "Chic" Bullen passed away on December 23 at the age of 90 in Logan, Utah. He served as a Republican representative in the Utah State Legislature from 1971 to 1976 and was also a member of the state's senate from 1977 to 1984. In all, he spent 14 years as a lawmaker for the state.

According to the newspaper, Republican Senator Lyle Hillyard - who took Bullen's place after he left the legislative body - said that Bullen was a "thorough" member of the body.

"He had the unique ability to bridge the gap between the Republicans and Democrats," Hillyard told the Tribune.

According to a report from the Logan Herald Journal, Bullen served as the state chairman for President George H.W. Bush's campaigns in 1980 and 1988. He also received a number of awards from universities and organizations across the state.

Born in Logan in 1919, Bullen earned a degree from the University of Utah and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He is survived by three children and his wife Joan, whom he married in 1940.
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