Elder Loren C. Dunn Dies at 70

“Elder Loren C. Dunn Dies at 70,” Ensign, July 2001, 77

Elder Loren C. Dunn Dies at 70

Elder Loren C. Dunn, 70, an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, died on 16 May of complications incident to surgery. At the time of his death he was serving as president of the Boston Massachusetts Temple.

Elder Dunn was sustained as a General Authority on 6 April 1968. He served as President of six of the Church’s geographical areas around the world and, in addition, was an executive administrator or counselor in other Area Presidencies.

He served as executive director or assistant executive director in the Church’s Correlation, Curriculum, Family History, Historical, and Missionary Departments. He also served as president of the Australia Sydney Mission and of Nauvoo Restoration, Inc.

Loren Charles Dunn was born on 12 June 1930 in Tooele, Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1953 with degrees in journalism and economics. He served a Church mission to Australia, then a tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Germany. He later received a master’s degree in public relations from Boston University and worked as a newspaper editor.

He married Sharon Longden on 15 December 1959 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of five children.

During general conference in October 2000, Elder Dunn bore a powerful testimony of the restored gospel: “I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer and that He has purchased us by the shedding of His blood and by the anguish which He suffered on Gethsemane. This, my brothers and sisters, is the gospel of Jesus Christ. This work is true” (“Testimony,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 14).