Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced today that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be headlining the Utah Women’s Conference the Senator and his wife Elaine have co-hosted for 27 years. The Conference, “Discovering the Diversity and Unity of Women will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
Elaine was working at American Optical in Salt Lake, and a friend told her she wanted Elaine to write to her cousin who was stationed in Korea. She started writing him and when he would come home from leave, they would date. He served a total of 3 years in the Marine Corp--13 months on the front lines in Korea. After his tour overseas, he was stationed in 29 Palms and in San Diego. He even participated in the Nuclear Bomb Tests in Nevada. He said that he saw and felt the atomic blast; the troops were half way out in the dessert when they were told that the wind had shifted and to turn back to the trenches. He said you could see the Joshua trees smoldering.
Elaine was born on February 24, 1925 in Porterville, Utah to Lawrence A. and Gertrude Alice Florence Porter.
She passed away December 03, 2010 in Seattle, Washington.
Elaine married Farris W. Peck March 15, 1946. Farris died May 23, 1978.