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J. Elliot Cameron 1923 ~ 2011 With our mother and the children gathered together, our father passed away on Sunday, 27 February 2011. He was our hero and the best example of Christ-like living we know. J. Elliot Cameron passed away on February 27, 2011, in Provo, Utah, due to causes incident to age. Elliot was born in Panguitch, Utah, February 9, 1923, to Benjamin Archie Cameron and Leonia Sargent. He graduated from Springville High School and attended Branch Agricultural College (now Southern Utah University) where he was active in athletics and student government. He met his wife at BAC, and they were elected President and Vice President of the freshman class. They were married after a 15-month courtship. Elliot served as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II before returning to Brigham Young University, where he graduated with both BS and MS degrees in June 1949. He was a life-long educator, serving as Principal of Duchesne High School and South Sevier High School, Superintendent of Sevier County School District, President of Snow College, and Dean of Student Services at Utah State University. In 1962 Elliot joined BYU as Dean of Students and Vice President and served there for 18 years before serving as President of BYU-Hawaii for six years and Commissioner of the LDS Church Education System for three years. Upon retirement, he and Maxine served as President and Matron of the Provo, Utah Temple. While at BYU he completed a study of formal world-wide educational opportunities available to members of the LDS Church called "The Cameron Report." An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elliot served as a bishop, stake president, LDS General Sunday School Board member, Regional Representative, and as a sealer in the Provo Utah and Laie Hawaii Temples for 36 years. He and Maxine served an LDS mission for two and a half years training temple missionaries. He also served as President of the National Society of Sons of the Utah Pioneers during the sesquicentennial year, 1997. Elliot is survived by his wife of 68 years, Maxine, as well as sons, Bruce (Carolyn), Kim (Melinda), Preston (Tamra), and daughter Kerry Lynn (Don) Herrin, and foster son Anthony (Brenda) Beyal, 23 grandchildren, and 40 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sister Mary Martindale and granddaughter Gena Cameron. Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 5th at 2:00 p.m. at the Grandview 9th Ward chapel, 1555 North 1350 West in Provo. A visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sundberg_Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State Street, Orem, and also Saturday from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the ward chapel. Interment will be in the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo with military rites conducted by American Legion Post #72. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sundbergolpinmortuary.com

Published in Deseret News from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2011
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