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Rites held for Black, former Demo leader

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Funeral services were held Thursday for Wayne L. Black, 77, Sandy, attorney and former Democratic national committeeman from Utah, who died Sunday, March 9, 1997, from complications suffered in a stroke nine years ago.

Mr. Black served in many capacities in Utah and National Democratic Party circles. He was chairman of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party from 1960 to 1968, national committeeman from 1968 to 1976 and a delegate four different years to the Democratic National Convention.He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1942 and was admitted that year to the Utah State Bar.

But his legal career was interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. He was a communications officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lunga Point, and he participated in the battles of Leyte, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the occupation of Japan. Mr. Black and fellow military personnel received the Presidential Unit Citation.

He had served as assistant Salt Lake County attorney and assistant district attorney and was a partner in a number of law firms, including Rawlings, Roberts, Wallace & Black, Black & Moore, and Wayne L. Black and Associates.