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Fifth Donor Tribute Plaque Revealed at Farmington Driver License Office – Honoring London Layton

Tuesday October 10, 2023

On Friday, the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Driver License Division (DLD) and DonorConnect unveiled the fifth of several tribute plaques, which honor members of Utah’s transplant community.

This Tribute Plaque features London Layton, who impacted several lives by selecting YES to organ, eye, and tissue donation.   

Brady Dransfield from DonorConnect speaks at the podium.

As Brady Dransfield from DonorConnect welcomed those in attendance at the event, he said, “Today we’re here to honor and remember London for the profound impact she had on several lives. Our hope is to inspire the public as they come in here, to read this and select yes to organ donation.”

The Farmington Driver License Division office was chosen for London’s plaque because she chose to be a donor in that particular building.

Casey Layton, London’s father, also spoke at the unveiling. He shared some of the challenges the family has faced following her death, saying it “has given us wisdom we don’t want. It has caused pain that we don’t need…It broke us in many different ways.” Mr. Layton also shared that, “on the other side of her death, we have been taught several lessons in service and compassion. Her death has also provided our family with experiences and opportunities that we know have improved us as human beings. Today is one of those experiences. We are most proud of London for her choice to donate and for the impact her story continues to have in this great work. Her decision to check yes and become a donor in this very building was a very easy choice for her.”

Casey Layton speaks at the podium.
“London was the ultimate example of unconditional love and acceptance for others,” Casey Layton said of his daughter.

We are grateful to the Layton family for sharing London’s story and her choice to become a donor.

Our Driver License Division is partnering with DonorConnect to bring more awareness to organ donation. by installing similar plaques across the state. The two organizations hope the plaques will inspire more Utahns to say “YES” to becoming organ, eye and tissue donors when obtaining their driver’s licenses.  All plaques honor either a deceased donor, living donor or recipient from the community in which the plaques are installed.

Saying “YES” is a priceless gift and can save or enhance the lives of dozens of people. There are more than 104,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplants in the United States, including more than 800 in Utah.  Utahns can register to give the gift of “YES” at their local DLD office or at DonorConnect.life.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety
hmkoellner@utah.gov

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