1918 ~ 2013|
Richard LeRoy Gunn traveled extensively to every continent showing its beauties and teaching world cultures to countless people. On March 28, 2013, at 94 years of age, he traveled on to his next great adventure. He was born on September 28, 1918 to Benjamin LeRoy and Fanny Louise Ensign Gunn in Salt Lake City. He served a mission to Hawaii, and the spirit of Hawaii stayed with him throughout his life. Pearl Harbor was attacked while on his mission, and he enlisted in the Army upon his return, serving in the mapping unit of the 948th Army engineer corps during World War II. He married Jeanne Wright in 1942 and they had six children-Kathy, Elizabeth, Rick, Jeremy, Becky and Candy. He received a doctorate in art education from Stanford. He was a well-loved professor of art and master teacher at BYU for 34 years. In 1972 he was recognized as Professor of the Year. He had a tremendous impact on those he came in contact with. He was an avid, diehard BYU sports fan, attending games long after he lost his sight. As a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in various capacities including Bishop and served on the Young Men's General Board for over 20 years.
He was preceded in death by Jeanne, his dedicated wife of 47 years who passed away from cancer. He later married Jeanine Done Hansen, his devoted wife of 22 years, who gave tender loving care to him in his failing years. He is loved and remembered by their combined 12 children and spouses, and their 53 grandchildren and 57 great grandchildren.
A Visitation will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Oak Hills Hillside Chapel, 1960 North 1500 East, Provo, UT. Funeral Services will also be held at the church on Friday, April 5th, at 12:00 Noon, where a Visitation will be held prior to services from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Interment in East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church Perpetual Education Fund.
Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.uvfuneral.com.
Published in Deseret News on Apr. 2, 2013