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Resolution unveiled in Utah Senate to honor late Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan

Sen. Lincoln Filmore’s put legislation forward to ‘honor a great citizen of the state’

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jerry Sloan, the Utah Jazz's Hall of Fame coach and beloved Beehive State icon, dies at 78, as the banner at Vivint Smart Home Arena honors his memory on Friday, May 22, 2020.

A resolution was filed Friday in the Utah legislative session by Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, a Republican from South Jordan representing Salt Lake County’s District 10, which seeks to honor “the life and achievements of Jerry Sloan,” the longtime coach of the Utah Jazz who died last year.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 7, which was filed in the Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee, notes many of the Hall of Fame-enshrined coach’s accomplishments — including serving as head coach of the Jazz for 23 seasons, leading the franchise “to 1,223 wins, 19 trips to the NBA Playoffs, seven division titles, and two NBA Finals appearances” — and makes mention of his renowned work ethic and lasting legacy.

The resolution concludes that the legislature and Gov. Spencer Cox should both “honor a great citizen of the state” in Sloan for leadership and enduring impact, and “express their sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Jerry Sloan for their great loss.”

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan on the floor of the Seante at the State capitol in Salt Lake City Monday February 12, 2018.

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