Elder Dean M. Davies of the Seventy dies of cancer, at 69

Elder Dean M. Davies and Elder Kevin R. Duncan, General Authority Seventy, smile prior to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Syracuse Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Syracuse on June 12. Elder Davies died Tuesday at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer.

Elder Dean M. Davies and Elder Kevin R. Duncan, General Authority Seventy, smile prior to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Syracuse Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Syracuse on June 12. Elder Davies died Tuesday at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)



NORTH SALT LAKE — Elder Dean M. Davies, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Tuesday in North Salt Lake after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

The Salt Lake City native served full-time in the church for nine years, eight as a counselor in the Presiding Bishopric — serving as both first and second counselor — and one as a General Authority Seventy. His most recent calling was announced during the October 2020 general conference.

Following his education at Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics, he worked in real estate investment, construction and management. Eventually he became managing director of the church's Special Projects Department, overseeing special purpose real estate and temple design and construction. He completed advanced executive programs at Stanford and Northwestern Universities.

Elder Davies also served as president of the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission, mission president's counselor, stake president, stake president's counselor, stake executive secretary, high councilor, service in several bishoprics and a full-time missionary in the Uruguay/Paraguay Mission.

He is survived by his wife, Darla, their five children and 17 grandchildren.

Arrangements for Elder Davies' funeral are in progress.

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