Elliott Dixon “Bud” Simons, 76, who was employed as an industrial engineer at Beehive Clothing in Salt Lake City from 1976-95, and was instrumental in helping to establish clothing manufacturing factories in Central and South America to provide apparel for use in temples, died Oct. 24, 2009, in San Manuel, Ariz.
Clarence R. Campbell, 83, who presided over the California Los Angeles Mission from 1984-87, died Nov. 8, 2009, in a car accident near Pendleton, Ore., but was living in Salt Lake City, Utah.
E. Dale LeBaron, former BYU professor known for his missionary work in Africa, died Dec. 3, 2009, in Orem, Utah, from injuries sustained in an auto-pedestrian accident. He was 75.
Brother LeBaron is most remembered for his service in Africa as he presided over the South Africa Johanesburg Mission from 1976-79. He had served in Africa as a young missionary and returned later with his wife, Laura, to preside over the mission.
While serving in Africa in 1978, the revelation on the priesthood made it possible for all worthy males to receive the priesthood, opening the doors for many Africans to receive the priesthood and fullness of the gospel and be baptized and sustained to Church leadership.
His love for Africa and its people continued after returning home to the United States, including chronicling the history of the Church in Africa. In 1988, Brother LeBaron returned to Africa in an effort to collect oral histories of many of the early Church members and leaders. He produced a written history of the African pioneers, and continued those friendships as he returned to Africa many times.
Brother LeBaron taught Church history for many years at BYU and, prior to his service as mission president, he served in the Church’s educational program in Africa.
Brother Lebaron and his wife, Laura, are the parents of six children and 34 grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for Dec. 12, in Orem, Utah.
Paula Hawkins, the first Latter-day Saint woman elected to the U.S. Senate, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla. She was 82.
Elected to the U.S. Senate from Florida in 1980, Sister Hawkins worked to pass legislation for women and children.
In 1982, Senator Hawkins won a hard-fought battle to pass the first piece of federal legislation for missing children: The Missing Children’s Act. The bill, which established a national missing children’s clearing house, resulted in locating more than 2,000 children by 1983. In 1984, she was instrumental in passing a second bill, the Missing Children’s Assistance Act. That same year she also worked to help establish the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a nonprofit organization that works with the Department of Justice to recover missing children, and initiated investigations into child pornography operations.
Sister Hawkins was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1927. She attended Utah State University before marrying Gene Hawkins. She is survived by her husband and three children.