Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s statement on the passing of Salt Lake County Council Member Sam Granato

“Throughout my career in public service Sam Granato was one of my closest friends, strongest champions, and trusted advisor. Whether a Democrat or a Republican, if you were in public service in Salt Lake County, you most likely spent time at Granato’s eating great food and learning from Sam—a man who could connect with people better than anyone.

I will always be grateful that I found my way to Sam and that he chose to bring me into his family. Sam loved an underdog, and supported people who stood on principal—he will be missed by all who knew him, and his legacy will be cherished by many more. Rest in peace my dear friend.”

For further information, please reach out to Granato family spokesperson Leslie Reberg at 801-403-0023 or