WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
GRANT & ELVA GRAF HAFEN
(educator, rancher, farmer)
BIOGRAPHYGrant Hafen was born on October 30, 1908, in Santa Clara. He was raised in Santa Clara. He graduated from Dixie High School and Dixie Jr. College. He attended Arizona State Teachers College in Flagstaff AZ for one year and the graduated from BYU in 1933.
Grant & Elva were married on August 23, 1933 in Provo, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple on July 12, 1950. The had four children.
Mr. Hafen's first teaching position was in Carp NV where he taught grades 1-8 for three years. He then taught school in Veyo for five years and in Hurricane for three years. The rest of his teaching was at Woodward Jr. High until his retirement in 1973.
Grant was a rancher and farmer. His domain reached from the Beaver Dam Slope to Bull Valley and beyond. He truly loved the Bull Valley area. Grant was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a member of the Santa Clara Bishopric, and in other various positions in the church. Grant was a true Jazz fan and had a great sense of humor. Grant was honest, dependable, trustworthy, sincere, genuine, and generous. He was always helping others, very hardworking. His word was his bond. Grant was also knowledgeable in treating sick animals. He was a most loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Elva died in Santa Clara on February 13, 1993. She was buried in Plot 186A at the Santa Clara City Cemetery.
Grant died in Santa Clara on May 27, 2007. His funeral as held on May 31, 2007 at the Santa Clara Valley Chapel, 3040 W. Santa Clara Dr. He was buried in Plot 186A at the Santa Clara City Cemetery.
WCHS-02600 Photo of the old Harmon Hafen home about 1915
WCHS-02601 Photo of Harmon & Frances Hafen
WCHS-02602 Photo of Harmon & Frances Hafen's family home in Santa Clara
WCHS-02603 Photo of the Carl & Hermina Graf Home in Santa Clara
WCHS-02604 50th wedding anniversary photo of Grant & Elva Hafen
WCHS-02605 Photo of Grant & Elva Hafen at their 50th anniversary party
WCHS-02606 Photo of Carl Albert Graf
WCHS-02607 Photo of Hermina Tobler Graf
REFERENCESHistory of Grant Hafen, 1908-2007
Memories of Elva Graf Hafen
Find-A-Grave entry for Grant Hafen
Find-A-Grave entry for Elva Graf Hafen
BillionGraves entry for Grant Hafen
BillionGraves entry for Elva Hafen (Graf)