'A giant of a man' who will be missed

Elder Loren C. Dunn is eulogized by Church leaders

Hundreds gathered May 25 to honor the life of Elder Loren C. Dunn — a tireless "friend and brother" whose name became synonymous with service.

"I don't know where we'll find another man like Loren Dunn," said President Gordon B. Hinckley during Elder Dunn's funeral service at the Salt Lake Mount Olympus Stake Center. "[Elder Dunn] was the most willing worker I think I have ever seen."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, accompanied by his wife, Marjorie, said he developed a "great personal appreciation" for Elder Dunn and his decades of service.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, accompanied by his wife, Marjorie, said he developed a "great personal appreciation" for Elder Dunn and his decades of service. Photo: Photo by Johanna Workman

Elder Dunn, an emeritus Seventy, was presiding over the Boston Massachusetts Temple when he died May 16 at the age of 70. His calling in the Church's 100th dedicated temple was one of more than 30 assignments Elder Dunn served around the globe during his 33-year tenure after being called as a General Authority.

President Hinckley said he had a "great personal appreciation for Loren," adding Elder Dunn and his wife, Sharon, were the kind of people who never complained about Church duties or hesitated to say "Yes" when calls were extended.

Elder Dunn "was a nobleman in the finest sense of the word," he said.

The prophet recalled how Elder Dunn often shared a unique testimony that was rich with heartfelt conviction and earnestness. Elder Dunn, he added, was an instrumental factor in defining the present-day role of the Seventy as Church administrators throughout the world.

President Thomas S. Monson, first counselor in the First Presidency, said Elder Dunn was a proud father, loyal husband and devoted colleague — a "giant of a man" who will be missed.

"There was no chink in Loren's armor, no guile in his soul, no flaw in his character," he said.

Kindness was a hallmark of Elder Dunn's character, President Monson said. His consideration for others was demonstrated once after President Monson returned home following a hospital stay.

"The first persons to arrive at the door were Loren and Sharon Dunn with homemade soup and homemade bread," he said.

President Monson said Elder and Sister Dunn were the products of faithful parents. He spoke of the strength of the Loren Dunn family. The family, he said, had assembled for the final moments of Elder Dunn's life, then spent part of the next day together in the Boston Massachusetts Temple.

"A giant oak among us has fallen," said President James E. Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency.

President Faust remembers Elder Dunn being a "committed, obedient and dedicated" servant. The two sometimes talked about their common roots in Tooele County, Utah. Elder Dunn was raised in Tooele, while President Faust's great-grandfather helped establish a pony express station in Faust, Tooele County.

Elder Loren C. Dunn
Elder Loren C. Dunn

President Faust recognized the Dunn's five children for supporting their parents through decades of Church service. He told Sister Dunn that her husband will continue to accompany her.

"You will feel his presence and he will be a continuing and sustaining influence for you," President Faust said.

President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve, said Elder and Sister Dunn were "a team that was equally yoked together."

President Packer said he witnessed Elder Dunn's devotion when the two men were both living in Boston. President Packer was the president of the New England States Mission at the time and came to rely on the service of Loren Dunn, whose career had taken him to Boston.

"Much of the success we had in our mission can be attributed to Loren Dunn," he said.

President Packer said Elder Dunn served unselfishly — regardless if the assignment was visible or obscure.

While Elder Dunn's funeral marked a period of mourning, it also allowed friends and family to celebrate "one who is worthy and able," President Packer said.

The knowledge of the Atonement is the "great comfort," while the Spirit is the "great Comforter," he added.

Besides his wife and five children, Elder Dunn is survived by eight grandchildren.

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