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Robert K. Dellenbach Robert K. (Kent) Dellenbach

1937 - living
  • Born 1937 Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to West Germany
  • Married Mary-Jayne Broadbent, Manti Temple, 1962; three sons
  • Bishop, Stake President, Regional Representative
  • President of Germany Dusseldorf Mission
  • President of Germany Munich Mission
  • Second Quorum of Seventy 1990-1992
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1992-2007
  • Named General Authority Emeritus 6 October 2007

    It wouldn’t be uncommon to find Elder Robert Kent Dellenbach helping homeless people sort cans as part of a recycling project in Denver. It wouldn’t be uncommon, either, to find him helping scientists and engineers with a high-tech project in the Soviet Union. What would be uncommon would be to find Elder Dellenbach without a smile while he’s working on any project that involves interaction with others.

    “I love people,” he said sincerely, when interviewed by a correspondent for The Ensign on the occasion of his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. “They’re what make me tick.”

    Elder Dellenbach, was born on 10 May 1937 in Salt Lake City to Frank and Leona Conshafter Dellenbach and was reared in Clinton, Utah. “I grew up on a farm, and we worked with many different people from many walks of life,” he says. “There were the businessmen, the other farmers, and the migrant workers who came up to help with the fall harvest. We worked together, and we worked hard. I learned to accept and honor their individuality and the differences among us.”

    Those attitudes are reflected in Elder Dellenbach’s feelings toward the gospel. “It gives comfort to everyone,” he said. “Every person is entitled to the grace of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice and to blessings from the Father.”

    Elder Dellenbach and his wife, the former Mary-Jayne Broadbent, have always tried to put the gospel first in their lives. They were married on 17 August 1962 in the Manti Temple. They had three sons—Rob, David, and Dan.

    “Family prayer is the bedrock of our family relationship,” said Sister Dellenbach. “We have it both morning and evening. It’s the most stabilizing force in our family life.”

    Working together on the garden, the house, and other chores helped the family stay unified, as did playing together—they enjoyed fishing, skiing, and traveling. “And the emphasis that Mary-Jayne (a former schoolteacher) has placed on music and books in our home has also been a great influence,” he said.

    After serving a 2 1/2 year mission in West Germany, Elder Dellenbach returned to earn a degree in international relations from the University of Utah and then a master’s degree in business from BYU. He and his family have been on the move ever since.

    The Dellenbachs lived in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska, where Elder Dellenbach served as a business manager and as a vice president and president of local universities. They have also lived in southern California, where Elder Dellenbach worked with the Salk Institute; in Washington, D. C., where Elder Dellenbach was involved with a company that assisted agencies and scientific institutes in the Soviet Union; and in Germany, where Elder and Sister Dellenbach presided first over the Germany Dusseldorf Mission, then over the Germany Munich Mission.

    Although Elder Dellenbach held many Church callings, including bishop, stake president, Sunday School president, and regional representative, he had a special love for the time he spent as a mission president. “In the mission field you deal with such an exciting element,” he says. “You’re working with the young people of the Church, dedicated couples, and new converts. What more could you want?”

    He paused for a moment, then added: “Actually, we want more missionaries. We need 100 percent of our young men to serve. We need more couples. Opportunities are opening up all over the world, and we need to be ready to share the light of the gospel with others.”

    In the six years prior to his call as a General Authority, the Dellenbachs lived in Salt Lake City, where Elder Dellenbach dealt with a variety of environmental issues.

    “In working with people from all echelons of life, I’ve learned that there’s a lot of good in everyone,” said Elder Dellenbach. “We need to keep encouraging that.”

    Elder Dellenbach served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy for only two years before being called to the First Quorum of the Seventy June 6, 1992. On October 6, 2007, he was released from the First Quorum and named General Authority emeritus.

   "News of the Church: Elder Robert K. Dellenbach...," The Ensign, May 1990
   "Ten New Leaders Called to 2nd Quorum of Seventy." Church News Archives, Apr. 7, 1990
   "Releases, Sustainings at Conference," Church News Archives, 10 Oct. 1992
   "General Authorities released after long service," Church News Archives, October 13, 2007
   2005 Church Almanac, p. 33

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