Church News: Obituaries

Spencer John Palmer, 73, president of the Seoul South Korea Temple from 1988-1990, and president of the Korean Mission from 1965-1968, died Nov. 27, 2000, in Provo, Utah. Brother Palmer had served on the religion faculty at BYU and assisted in the establishment of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. During his teaching tenure, he traveled extensively in Korea, Japan, China, India, South Africa, Israel and the Middle East. He authored, co-authored and edited some 13 books on world religions and religious practices. He was also a regional representative in Southeast Asia, a counselor in two stake presidencies and a bishop.

Wayne Adelbert Reeves, 82, president of the Los Angeles California Temple from 1989-1992, died Nov. 26, 2000, in Provo, Utah. Brother Reeves also served as a counselor in the temple presidency from 1982-1989, and he and his wife, Madge, served as missionaries at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center from 1978-1981. He was also a bishop, stake president and counselor in mission presidency.

Olive Lunt Smith, 91, member of the Primary General Board from 1962-1966, died Nov. 29, 2000, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sister Smith also accompanied her husband, Gerald Gay Smith, when he presided over the Eastern States Mission and when he served as director of the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors Center.

Melvin Alma Weenig, 85, president of the Central Pacific Mission from 1945-1950, died Nov. 29, 2000, in Riverton, Utah. Brother Weenig also served numerous other missions, including to Japanese-speaking people in Hawaii from 1937-1939. He served at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and in the Idaho Falls Idaho, Provo Utah and Jordan River Utah temples. He served temple missions in later life to the Philippines and Korea, and also a welfare services mission to Japan, as well as part-time missions to Bannock and Shoshone Indians in Fort Hall, Idaho. He served the earlier missions with his wife, Georgia, who died in 1973, and his temple missions with his wife, Betty, who died in 1996. His wife, Lois, survives him.