Jim Judd was a firefighter who worked his way up through his union to become the head of the state's largest labor organization, the Utah AFL-CIO. He died Friday morning from the injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident in Missoula, Montana.
He was also vice-chairman of the Utah Democratic Party. State Senator Karen Mayne says he was someone legislators from both parties could trust.
"He had good skills of figuring things out and networking, and negotiating and making everyone feel part of the movement and part of whatever committee he was on," Mayne told KUER.