The former Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott passed away Thursday morning, his family told ABC4. He was 66 years old.
Ott was diagnosed with dementia one year before his re-election in 2014. He was the County Recorder for over 15 years and ran an office of 44 employees.
Most recently he has been living in a medical facility.
His death comes amid a court battle over permanent governorship between Ott’s family and girlfriend. His family used temporary guardianship to initiate his resignation in July.
In August Adam Gardiner was named as the new County Recorder.
Governor Gary Herbert was notified of Ott’s passing during his monthly news conference Thursday.
“We all know the controversy that has taken place now, but let’s dwell on Gary the person. He was a diligent public servant. He served to the best of his ability. I know his skills probably diminished because of health concerns over these last years, but he was a good man. [He] worked very hard in his office…I hoped his declining years could have been more peaceful and restful.
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams learned the news during a news conference as well. He said the following:
“I had the pleasure of knowing Gary Ott before his condition set in. I knew him as a wonderful public servant, someone who cared passionately about doing a job and serving the public and he did that job well.”
City Council is planning a proclamation next week to thank Ott for his years of service. The family says his funeral is planned for Saturday, October 28th. Details will be posted as they become available.