Howard W. Hunter Highlights


(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.