“Everything in temples reflects love”: Mormon Church leader who oversaw the design and construction of temples dies
General Authority Seventy Dean Davies dies after “protracted battle with cancer” five days before his 70th birthday.
Dean M. Davies, a general authority who once oversaw real estate, temple design and temple construction projects for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has passed away.
The Salt Lake City native was 69 years old.
“With tender feelings we announce that Elder Dean M. Davies of the Seventy has passed away after a long battle with cancer Tuesday night in North Salt Lake,” a new church statement said Wednesday. He would have been 70 on Saturday.
Davies, who is survived by his wife Darla, their five children and their 17 grandchildren, was appointed Seventy of General Authority in October 2020. Prior to that, he served as a councilor for eight years in the diocese president, the ecclesiastical office that manages the vast financial, real estate, investment and charitable operations of the Utah-based faith.
Before becoming a general authority, Davies was the general manager of the church’s special projects department. In this role, he oversaw the design and construction of the temple.
Davies served a full time mission in the Uruguay / Paraguay mission. He received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from church-owned Brigham Young University and also completed advanced executive programs at Stanford and Northwestern universities.
Davies previously served as president of the San Juan mission in Puerto Rico, counselor to mission president, stake (regional) president, counselor to stake president, stake executive secretary, high councilor, and in several bishoprics.
Davies was born in Salt Lake City in 1951, according to a biography posted on the church’s website. He was one of eight children.
“As a teenager,” Davies said in the bio, “having the best-cut lawn in our neighborhood brought me joy, and I learned an important lesson: that a little extra effort can do. a real difference in almost everything we do. “
He married Darla James in 1973 in the Salt Lake City Temple.
The Church News reported in 2016 that prior to working for the church, Davies held managerial positions in several large companies. When he was told by senior management that his church service would interfere with his ability to succeed in the corporate world, he tendered his resignation.
“The Lord guides and directs you if you are open to the promptings of the Spirit,” he told Church News. “He’ll get you to know what to say, what to do, or what information to have if you invite him and invite Spirit into the process.
Davies’ most recent General Conference address, “Come, hear the voice of a prophet,” was given in an October 2018 session.
In this address, he shared the story of working with then-church president Gordon B. Hinckley to secure a site for the Vancouver BC temple. Davies and his colleagues believed they had found a perfect location for the temple, Davies said, but Hinckley, using “the gift of prophetic clairvoyance,” guided them to “where the temple of God should stand.”
“Listening to and listening to living prophets will have profound, even life-changing, effects in our lives,” Davies said at the time. “We are strengthened. We are more assured and confident in the Lord. We hear the word of the Lord. We feel the love of God. We will know how to lead our lives with purpose. “
On June 12, 2021, Davies spoke at the northern Utah groundbreaking ceremony for the Syracuse Temple, where he said, “Everything about temples reflects love. The love of the Father and the Son, the love of the living prophets, and the love of church members throughout the world.
Funeral arrangements are pending.