Grampa Bill's General Authority Pages
Loren C. Dunn Loren C. (Charles) Dunn

1930 - 2001
  • Born 1930 Toole, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Married to Sharon Longden; five children
  • President of the Australia Sydney Mission 1983-1985
  • First Council of the Seventy 1968-1976
  • First Quorum of the Seventy 1976-2000
  • Granted Emeritus Status 2000
  • President Boston Massachusetts Temple 2000-2001
  • Died 2001 Boston, Massachusetts

    Loren C. Dunn, President of the North America West Area and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy was born June 12,1930, in Tooele, Utah, to Alex F. and Carol Horsfall Dunn. In a BYU devotional several years ago, Elder Dunn gave a striking example of the spiritual of his father in an everyday experience. He described how his father, a busy stake president in Tooele, gave his two young sons the responsibility of raising cows on the family farm. The boys had large latitude in what they could do, and they made some mistakes. These were observed by an alert neighbor, who complained to their father about what the young cow-raisers were doing. "Jim, you don't understand," President Dunn replied. "You see, I'm raising boys, not cows."

    Elder Dunn took his Baccalaureate degree in journalism and economics from BYU and his Master of Science in public relations from Boston University.

    Elder Dunn was married to the former Sharon Longden. The Dunns were parents of five children.

   He was sustained to the First Council of the Seventy April 6, 1968, at the age of thirty-seven, and to the First Quorum of the Seventy Oct. 1, 1976. Shortly thereafter he was called as President of the Australia Sydney Mission . Elder Dunn lived in Brazil, Australia, Philippines and New Zealand while in Church leadership positions.

    From 1983 to 1985 Elder Dunn served as Second Counselor to President Hugh W. Pinnock in the General Sunday School Presidency. In 1991 he was called as Executive Director of the Church Historian's office and as the Historian.

    He was an executive with the economic development board in Boston, where he was noted for his work in regional economic planning.

    After many years of serving the Church full-time as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Dunn was named a General Authority Emeritus on October 8, 2000. He remained, however, engaged in the Lord's work as President of the Boston Massachusetts Temple.

    On 16 May 2001, Elder Loren C. Dunn, President of the Boston Temple and Emeritus Member of the First Quorum of the Seventy sucumbed to cancer and died in a Boston area hospital. Shocked members of the Church learned of his death only hours after learning that the Massachusetts Supreme Court had ruled that the temple's steeple could be erected despite a vexatious and frivolous lawsuit filed by enemies of the Church.

    Elder Dunn died surrounded by wife and family.

   "Three members of Seventy given emeritus status," Church News Archives, Oct. 14, 2000
   "Elder Loren C. Dunn dies after long life of service," Church News Archives, May 19, 2001
   "'A giant of a man' who will be missed," Church News Archives, June 2, 2001
   2005 Church Almanac, p.80

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