Howard W. Hunter Highlights

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    (1907–1995)

    Howard W. Hunter Highlights

    Date

    Event

    1907

    November 14: Is born in Boise, Idaho.

    1911

    Contracts polio and recovers.

    1920

    April 4: Is baptized. June 21: Is ordained a deacon.

    1923

    May 11: Earns rank of Eagle Scout.

    1924

    Organizes dance band, Hunter’s Croonaders.

    1926

    June 3: Graduates from Boise High School.

    1927

    Sails with Hunter’s Croonaders to the Orient. February 6: His father is baptized.

    1928

    Moves to California. Works at a bank.

    1930

    Receives patriarchal blessing.

    1931

    June 10: Marries Clara May (Claire) Jeffs in Salt Lake Temple.

    1932

    Loses banking job because of the Great Depression. Begins a series of odd jobs.

    1934

    Obtains work in Los Angeles County Flood Control District. March 20: Son Howard William (Billy) Hunter Jr. is born; dies six months later.

    1935

    Enters Southwestern University School of Law.

    1936

    May 4: Son John Jacob Hunter is born.

    1938

    June 29: Son Richard Allen Hunter is born.

    1939

    Graduates from law school; passes bar exam.

    1940

    April: Begins law practice. September: Becomes bishop of El Sereno Ward.

    1946

    Released as bishop; serves as high priests group leader, then as high councilor.

    1950

    February 25: Becomes Pasadena Stake president.

    1953

    November 14: Is sealed to parents.

    1959

    October 15: Is ordained an Apostle.

    1960

    Organizes a new stake in Nevada, the first of many stakes he will organize in the United States.

    1961

    Is appointed chairman of the advisory board for New World Archaeological Foundation.

    1964

    Becomes president of Church’s genealogical society.

    1965

    Is appointed president and chairman of the board of Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii.

    1966

    Oversees dedication of Granite Mountain Record Vault, where Church genealogical microfilms are stored.

    1968

    Organizes a stake in Tonga, the first of many he will organize worldwide.

    1969

    Coordinates first Church-sponsored World Conference on Records.

    1970

    Is called as Church historian and recorder. Attends International Congress on Archives in Moscow and International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences in Vienna.

    1971

    Helps negotiate Church microfilming in Italy.

    1972

    Claire’s health begins deteriorating.

    1974

    Begins overseeing funding and building the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden in Jerusalem.

    1975

    Organizes 15 stakes from 5 in Mexico City. May: Accompanies BYU dancers to China.

    1977

    Dedicates Panama for preaching of the gospel.

    1979

    April: Begins overseeing a decade of complex negotiations to build BYU’s Jerusalem Center. October 24: Attends Mount of Olives dedication of Orson Hyde Memorial Garden; receives Medal of the City of Jerusalem from Mayor Teddy Kollek.

    1980

    June: Is hospitalized for removal of benign tumor. July: Suffers heart attack.

    1983

    October 9: Claire dies.

    1985

    February: Visits Jerusalem to defuse opposition to construction of BYU’s Jerusalem Center. November 10: Is set apart as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve.

    1986

    October 12: Undergoes coronary bypass surgery.

    1987

    Seeks treatment for pain related to spinal bone deterioration. Has surgery for bleeding ulcer. Has back surgery, limiting use of his legs. October 4: Addresses general conference in a wheelchair. December 15: Attends temple meeting using a walker.

    1988

    June 2: Is set apart as President of the Quorum of the Twelve.

    1989

    May: Dedicates BYU’s Jerusalem Center.

    1990

    April 10: Marries Inis Egan Stanton in Salt Lake Temple. October: While meeting with General Authorities, stands up for first time since April 1987. December: Is hospitalized with pneumonia.

    1991

    Is hospitalized for lung ailment.

    1992

    September: Dedicates Austria for the preaching of the gospel. October: Attends rededication of London Temple. November: Is hospitalized for internal bleeding.

    1993

    February 7: Endures a threatening intruder at BYU. April: Attends San Diego California Temple dedication. May: Undergoes gall bladder surgery.

    1994

    June 5: Is ordained President of the Church. June 26: Speaks in Nauvoo and Carthage, Illinois. August 8–16: Meets with Saints in Switzerland. September 13: Speaks on a satellite broadcast to missionaries worldwide. September 18: Speaks at a conference in Arizona. September 23: Speaks at General Relief Society Meeting. October 1: Is sustained as President of the Church at general conference. October 9: Dedicates Orlando Florida Temple. October 15–16: Attends 58th anniversary of the Pasadena California Stake and speaks at stake conference. November 13: Speaks at 100th anniversary celebration of Genealogical Society of Utah. November 18: Presides over inauguration of new president of BYU—Hawaii. December 4: Speaks at annual First Presidency Christmas devotional. December 11: In Mexico City, presides at creation of the Church’s 2,000th stake.

    1995

    January 8–14: Dedicates Bountiful Utah Temple and presides at six dedicatory sessions. January 12: Is hospitalized. Later continues working from his home. March 3: Passes away at home.