Former Utah Attorney General Jan Graham dies, leaving ‘a legacy of justice and compassion’

Former Utah Attorney General Jan Graham has died.

Graham, 74, died in her home after a near decade-long battle with cancer.

“In her final years, she undertook a massive labor of love: writing a detailed account of her mother’s family history with the help of her beloved brothers and some relatives discovered on Ancestry.com,” her obituary stated. “Even through various cancer treatments, she had boundless energy, a quick wit, and a zest for discovering the new and exciting.”

“She is survived by her husband Verl “Buzz” Hunt, son William Graham Hunt, stepdaughter Elisabeth Kay Hunt, brothers Steven Kesler Crump (Kay) and Kevin Ray Crump (Nancy), eight nieces and nephews and many grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by both of her parents,” the obituary said.

The only woman elected as attorney general in the Beehive State’s history, Graham was a founding member of Women Lawyers of Utah. She served as the state’s 18th attorney general for eight years.

Growing up in Sugarhouse, Graham graduated from law school at the University of Utah, according to Maren Peterson, writing for the Utah Division of Archives and Records Service. She married Buzz Hunt. Before she became attorney general, she worked as a partner at a law firm.

In 1993, Graham was elected Utah Attorney General, running as a Democrat. Reaching across the aisle was something that was important to Graham.

“I spent a good deal of time when I was first elected — this may surprise some — considerable energy and thought trying to get along with some Republican members of the Legislature. So I really put some effort into individually speaking to each of them (leaders), befriending them, getting to know them, getting them to know me,” Graham said. “Perhaps I could disarm them a little, showing

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