Elder Paul H. Dunn, an emeritus General Authority, died Friday, 9 January, of cardiac arrest in Salt Lake City while recovering from back surgery. He was 73.
“He was a longtime teacher and advocate of youth and served as a mission president and General Authority of the Church over a period of 34 years,” said the First Presidency in a released statement. “We extend our sympathy and love to his wife, Jeanne, and family.”
Born on 24 April 1924 in Provo, Utah, Elder Dunn earned a bachelor’s degree from Chapman College in 1953 and subsequently received master’s and doctoral degrees in educational administration at the University of Southern California. He began his association with the Church Educational System in 1952 as a seminary teacher in Los Angeles. After serving for several years as a Church institute coordinator in southern California, he was sustained to the First Council of the Seventy in April 1964. Elder Dunn served as president of the New England Mission from 1968 to 1971. He was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy in October 1976 and served in the Presidency of the Seventy from 1976 to 1980. He received emeritus status in 1989.
Elder Dunn married Jeanne Alice Cheverton on 27 February 1946. They became the parents of three daughters. He was named Utah’s Father of the Year in 1972.