Merrill K. Bradshaw, 71, well-known LDS composer, died July 12, 2000, in Bountiful, Utah. Brother Bradshaw was Composer-in-Residence and the John R. Halliday Professor of Music at BYU, where he served on the music faculty for 37 years. Among his many works of oratorios and pageants is "The Restoration," for which he is well-known. Brother Bradshaw's works have been performed by regional, national and international symphonies and choirs, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He was a former member of the Church Music Department.
Elder Clark Henry Pixton, 20, who had been serving in the Ukraine Donetsk Mission, died July 14, 2000, from a head injury received in an accidental fall on July 5. Elder Pixton, who is from Logan, Utah, and who had been on his mission for 17 months, underwent surgery for his injury but did not regain consciousness.
Charles Ivan Sampson, 91, president of the Samoan Mission from 1957-1961, died July 11, 2000, in Orem, Utah. He also served as the first president of the Apia Samoa Temple from 1982-1986, and was the sealing supervisor in the Provo Utah Temple for 11 years.