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J. Thomas Fyans

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J. Thomas Fyans 1918 ~ 2008 Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully in his home May 18, 2008.He was born May 17, 1918, in Moreland, Idaho. Elder Fyans is the son of Joseph and Mae Farnsworth Fyans. On May 28, 1943, he married Helen Cook in the Salt Lake Temple. Elder Fyans served in the Spanish American Mission from 1940 to 1943. He served as a Bishop of the Butler Ward and later served in the East Jordan Stake Presidency. He was called to serve as the Uruguayan /Paraguayan Mission President from 1960 to 1964. He also served as Regional Representative, and was involved with the Internal Communication Division, Family History, Correlation, Distribution and Translation Dept., and the Presiding Bishopric Office. He was the coordinator for area general conferences and a Zone Supervisor in many parts of the world. He was called as a General Authority in April 1974. Assignments included Area President in South America South and Mexico areas. He served as President of the First Quorum of the Seventy. In 1989 he was made Emeritus after 25 years of service. In 1992 he and Sister Fyans were called to serve as President and Matron of the St. George Temple. Civic and business involvement included 20 years as an Executive of Z.C.M.I., President of Memorial Estates and Board of Directors, Deseret Book Company, Utah Investors Trust and Montek. Tom was active in the Salt Lake Junior Chamber of Commerce and received numerous awards including "The Most Outstanding Young Man of Utah." He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years and five daughters: Carole Lynn (Robert Leon) Nelson, Kathleen (Robert) Blair, Patricia (Paul) Streiff, Pamela (Vern) Delahunty, Suzanne (Jim) Nance. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren, one deceased. A viewing will be held Wed., May 21st from 6-8 p.m. at Crescent North Stake Center, 1050 E. 10600 S., Sandy. Funeral Services Thurs., May 22nd at 12 noon and additional viewing from 10:30-11:45 a.m. at Crescent North Stake Center. Interment Mountain View Memorial Cemetery. The family would like to express their deep appreciation for 1st Choice Home Health and Homewatch Caregiver for their loving tender care. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the LDS Missionary or Humanitarian Fund.
Published in Deseret News from May 20 to May 21, 2008
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