Elder Graham Doxey, Former Seventy, Passes Away

Contributed By Church News

  • 23 October 2013

Article Highlights

  • Elder Doxey was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy on April 6, 1991.
  • During his lifetime Elder Doxey served as a bishop, stake president, mission president, area president, and temple president.
  • Elder Doxey’s funeral services were held Monday, October 21, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Elder Graham Watson Doxey, former member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, passed away at his home in Salt Lake City on October 13, 2013. He was 86.

“He was a very gentle person and close with his family,” David Doxey, his brother, said. “He had strong family ties with his wife, children, siblings, and parents.”

Elder Doxey was sustained to the Second Quorum of the Seventy on April 6, 1991, and honorably released on October 5, 1996.

Elder Doxey served as a bishop, stake president, president of the Missouri Independence Mission from 1973 to 1976, president of the Europe North Area, Manti Utah Temple president, and president of the Church’s Europe West Area.

“Family is really the only association that is eternal,” Elder Doxey said after being called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. “Other relationships in life come and go, so why not concentrate on the one unit that is going to endure?” (Ensign, May 1991).

Elder Doxey had strong family ties. He and his wife, Mary Lou Doxey, are the parents of 12 children. Photo ©IRI.

His wife, Mary Lou Doxey, shared that same family spirit. “I always wanted a large family,” she said in a Church News interview. “When I was growing up, I heard my father say many times, ‘There’s nothing that will bring you greater joy than having a large family,’” (Church News, Apr. 27, 1991). Elder Doxey and his wife are the parents of 12 children and have 84 grandchildren and 92 great-grandchildren.

Elder Doxey was president of Doxey-Layton Co., a real estate management firm, and a graduate of the University of Utah in 1952, after attending a year at the University of Louisville. He also attended graduate school in 1953.

Before his college education, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946. Shortly afterward, he served a mission in the newly created Central Atlantic States Mission for two years.

Elder Doxey was born in Salt Lake City on March 30, 1927, to Graham H. Doxey and Leone Watson Doxey. He and Mary Lou Young were married on June 22, 1950, in the Salt Lake Temple.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 21, at 11:00 a.m. at the Salt Lake Foothill Stake Center, 1930 S. 2100 E., Salt Lake City.