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Ermel Joseph Morton, 77, known for his work in translating the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price into Tongan, died March 23, 1992.

He taught at Ricks College from 1946-80 and served as president of the Ricks College Language Training Mission from 1969-76. He was principal of Liahona College in Tonga from 1951-57; member of the Tongan Board of Education, 1952-57; and member of the Pacific Board of Education, 1957-60.Brother Morton served as patriarch in the Rexburg Idaho East Stake and then in the Ricks College 2nd Stake. He was a member of the Rexburg 4th Ward, Rexburg Idaho East Stake.Leone W. Doxey, 92, a member of the Primary general presidency for 16 years, died March 23, 1992. She served as second counselor from 1953-62 and as first counselor from 1962-69. She also served on the Primary general board for a year.

She served with her husband, Graham H. Doxey, when he was called as president of the East Central States Mission from 1943-46. She was a member of the Monument Park 17th Ward, Salt Lake Monument Park North Stake.Edward Y. Okazaki, 69, a former regional representative and mission president, died March 20, 1992.

His wife, Chieko N. Okazaki, is first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.

A member of the Wasatch 5th Ward, Salt Lake Wasatch Stake, Brother Okazaki served as president of the Japan Central Mission from 1968-1971 and as a regional representative to Japan and Taiwan from 1972-1975.

He worked for the Red Cross and Veterans Administration Hospital and was the first director of the Utah State Commission on Aging.Vinal Mauss, one of the world's oldest living triplets, died March 19, 1992, at age 91. He was a member of the Walnut Creek 2nd Ward, Oakland California Stake.

He served as mission president in Japan from 1949-53. His triplet sisters, Vilda Hughes and Velma Torpin, are still living.

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