Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of Robert Garff's wife.
Robert Garff, chairman of Ken Garff Automotive Group, the 10th largest dealership group in the country, died Sunday of complications from the coronavirus. He was 77.
Garff and his wife, Katharine, tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to their Utah home from a trip to Palm Springs, Calif., according to a statement on the Salt Lake City-based dealership group’s website. Both self-quarantined. Garff’s condition later worsened, and he was hospitalized last week.
Melissa Garff Ballard, Garff’s daughter, announced her father’s death in a Facebook post Sunday.
In the post, she shared a photo showing Garff and Garff Ballard inside the Utah Capitol. Garff was a former Republican speaker of the Utah House of Representatives. Garff Ballard currently represents North Salt Lake in the Utah House.
“My loving dad passed away peacefully today from COVID-19. He has lived a long and happy life, full of vigor and love for our state and our families,” Garff Ballard wrote. “I count myself blessed to be serving in the Utah House of Representatives just as my dad did.”