LAYTON -- Jim Judd, 60, vice chairman of the state Democratic Party and president of the Utah AFL-CIO, died Friday morning from injuries he suffered in a Thursday motorcycle crash near Dillon, Mont.
Judd, who was a Layton resident, was pronounced dead at 10:01 a.m. at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont., said Dale Cox, vice president of the Utah AFL-CIO. He was kept on life support overnight until his organs could be provided to donor recipients, said Cox.
Gov. Gary R. Herbert expressed sorrow Friday at Judd's death.
"Today the state lost a defender of families and our workforce with the passing of Jim Judd," Herbert said in a prepared statement. "While we are grieved by this sudden and tragic loss, we recognize his lengthy service and good heart benefited many statewide. Jeanette and I pray his family and loved ones will find comfort, strength and peace in their memories of Jim and the numerous lives he touched."
Herbert has ordered the flags to be lowered at the state Capitol, as well as in the plaza adjacent to the Heber Wells Building and Department of Workforce Services on the day of Judd's memorial services.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka also issued a statement Friday on Judd's death.
"We are deeply saddened by the news of Jim's passing," the statement says. "A proud firefighter, Jim was a true champion of working people in Utah and around the country who was never afraid to get his hands dirty. Jim was perhaps best known in Utah for being a consensus builder who always reached across the aisle and worked toward policies to make working people's lives better."