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Paul H. Dunn Paul Harold Dunn

1924 - 1998
  • Born 1924 Provo, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Married Jeanne Alice Cheverton 1946; three daughters
  • First Council of the Seventy 1964-1976
  • President of New England Mission 1968-1971
  • First Quorum of the Seventy 1976-1989
  • Presidency of First Quorum of the Seventy 1976-1980
  • Named General Authority Emeritus 1989
  • Died 1998 Salt Lake City, Utah

    The following biographical sketch is adapted from: "News of the Church: Elder Paul H. Dunn Passes Away" the Ensign, March 1998, page 74 and other sources.
    Elder Paul H. Dunn, an emeritus General Authority, died Friday, 9 January 1998, 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 to Joshua Harold Dunn and Geneve Roberts, 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.

    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.

    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 on 6 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 1 October 1976 and served in the Presidency of the Seventy from 1976 to 1980. He received emeritus status 1 October 1989.

    Elder Dunn was regarded as one of the most electrifying speakers among the General Authorities and often spiced his talks with parables of real life experiences. After he was accused of fabricating or embellishing the events he reported, Elder Dunn requested permission to send an open letter to members of the Church. The First Presidency and the Twelve accomodated that request. The following is a text of his letter of apology as published in the Church News:

October 23, 1991
    I have been accused of various activities unbecoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    I confess that I have not always been accurate in my public talks and writings. Furthermore, I have indulged in other activities inconsistent with the high and sacred office which I have held.
    For all of these I feel a deep sense of remorse, and ask forgiveness of any whom I may have offended.
    My brethern of the General Authorities, over a long period of time, have conducted in-depth investigations of the charges made against me. They have weighed the evidence. They have censured me and placed a heavy penalty upon me.
    I accept their censure and the imposed penalty, and pledge to conduct my life in such a way as to merit their confidence and full fellowship.
    In making these acknowledgements, I plead for the understanding of my brethren and sisters throughout the Church and give assurance of my determination so to live as to bring added respect to the cause I deeply love, and honor to the Lord who is my Redeemer.

Sincerely, Paul H. Dunn

    Jeanne C. Dunn, 84, who served with her husband, Elder Paul H. Dunn, as he served in many capacities in the Church, died Sept. 16, 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sister Dunn was first introduced to the Church in 1946 by her future husband. He later baptized her and married her that same year. She served with her husband as he presided over the New England Mission from 1968-71.

    The Ensign; March 1998; "Elder Paul H. Dunn passes away"
    The LDS Church News; October 26, 1991; "An open letter to members of the Church"
    The LDS Church News; October 7, 1989; "Sustained as First Quorum of the Seventy Emeritus"

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