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Jerald D. Tanner 06/01/38 ~ 10/01/06 Jerald D. Tanner, age 68, died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, due to complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. He was born June 1, 1938, in Provo, Utah, to George and Helen Tanner. He married Sandra McGee on June 14, 1959, in Mission Hills, California. He graduated from West High School, attended the University of Utah and graduated from Salt Lake Trade Technical Institute in 1959. After a few years as a machinist Jerald launched his own business, Modern Microfilm Co. and began publishing historical research. He closed his business in 1983 and established the non-profit organization Utah Lighthouse Ministry, which continues to publish his research. He authored more than forty books, including "Mormonism-Shadow or Reality?", and in 1980 his book "The Changing World of Mormonism" was published by Moody Press. For many years Jerald served on the board of the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake, volunteered in the office and held prayer time with the men throughout the week. He also served as an Elder and was on the Governing Board for Discovery Christian Community. He was a quiet man who loved to pray and memorize scriptures. He also enjoyed walks, hikes, Jazz games, animals, and an occasional practical joke, especially if it was his idea. We will all miss his keen mind, sense of humor and gentle teasing. Jerald's commitment to Christ was an inspiration to many people. Jerald was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruth Mellor. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; three children, April (Brian) Muegge, Dennis (Sherri) Tanner, Teresa (Chuck) Vanderpool; five grandchildren, Nathan, Samuel, Vanessa, William and Brandi; two sisters, Irene (Carl) Bonner and Evelyn (Chris) Miller; plus numerous nieces, nephews and his special friends and co-workers, Wendell, Marlene, Mark and Tony. During Jerald's long illness, he was lovingly cared for by his wife of 47 years until the final four days of his life. The family wishes to thank all those at CareSource Hospice facility for their compassion and support. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at the Salt Lake Christian Center, 4300 South 700 East, Murray, Utah. The family will receive visitors from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made in Jerald's memory to the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake or CareSource Hospice. Condolences may be sent to

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6, 2006.
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October 16, 2006
The work of Jerald Tanner provided documented answers to my questions which were unavailable from other sources. My condolendes to Sandra and her family. He was a great historian, husband and father.
Eugene Campbell
October 12, 2006
Dearest Sandra and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed the times we spent with you and Jerald and know he is in a better place.
Love, Bill, Ardell, Melissa and Danielle
Bill and Ardell Carroll
October 11, 2006
Jerald's book,"Mormonism, Shadow or Reality" is a wonderful account of Mormon history backed by documents that bear out Jerald's and Sandra's quest for the truth, and for publishing it for everyone.
God Bless.
Joseph Campbell
October 11, 2006
The lost of an honest man is always sad. He will be missed!
Gary Kimball
October 11, 2006
Jerald, you were "a quiet man" but your research and publications spoke loudly to me and to so many others. Thank You
Richard Foster
October 9, 2006
We have traveled a long journey together from the first years of my conversion you and Jerald were my most avid supporters and best friends. I will miss him and his contribution to ministry.
In 1969 right after I was saved by the Lord and was in Bible school preparing for ministry, I met you, I had no money for your books, and you guys had very little yourself. You gave me some of your works. I still have those books Thanks for believing in me.
Rev Gary and Cheryll Atwood
October 9, 2006
Sincere sympathy to Mr. Tanner's wife, Sandra, and to his family and friends. Because of the Tanners' courage and commitment, many people, including strangers like me, have been served, educated, encouraged, and inspired. May God's love bless and comfort you.
Marilyn Johnson
October 8, 2006
To stand for truth in Christ and teach others is the very purpose of our being. No greater gift can we offer to others. We are all mortal and none of us are perfect but praise the Lord for those who try. I thank the Lord for the time we had with this COURAGEOUS man in Utah. I pray for strength for all of us left. May the work continue.
A sister in Christ
Stephany Jensen
October 8, 2006

My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Jerald provided much vital information and the truth does set us free.

Thank you both for all you have done for so many.

God Bless.
Ernest Hein
October 8, 2006
I'm sure Jerald is feeling better now in his new eternal home enjoying the company of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May God be with Sandra and her family and shower them with his grace in their time of sadness. Love Always A Friend in Christ.
October 7, 2006
Thoughts and best wishes to the Tanner family. Jerald will never be truly gone as long as the passion he believed in is carried in his family, friends, and all those touched by him over the years.
T. Marble
October 7, 2006
Jerald was truly a great man. Our condolences to Sandra and their children.
Paul and Lois Burt
October 7, 2006
I only knew jerald through his work-but from that work, the light of courage and truth shown forth in so many ways.
peace be with sandra and her family!
frank mcleskey
October 7, 2006
Only in eternity will we fully know just how much Jerald Tanner touched the world for the cause of Christ. For those of us fortunate enough to have known him personally his impact was not just through his research and writing (impressive as it is) but in the life he lived each day to make real the love of God to those around him.
Steven Lee
October 7, 2006
Condolences to the Tanner family
Dennis Knutson
October 7, 2006

Sorry for the loss of your husband and friend, Jerald, but we are all thankful for the tremdous work that you both have done for the kingdom. We know that we will meet some day.
Carol Kappes
October 7, 2006
My sympathy goes to Jerald Tanner's family at this time. He was a dedicated man who demonstrated great comapssion for others.
S. Gauthier
October 7, 2006
I have read a substantial amount of Jerald's (and Sandra's) research and it was rare that I ever agreed with it. HOWEVER, I saw him as a man who valiantly fought for what he honestly believed. He would not accept at face value an arguement, however positive to his research, without first checking it out throughly. We call that integrity. My condolences to Sandra and the family and may God Bless you all.
C.W. McBrayer
October 7, 2006
Dear Tanner Family,
May the lord comfort you at this time of loss.Although I never personally met your Husband/father/Grandfather,I am certain that I speak for many Christians in the valley when I say he was an inspiration to us all.I feel a light has passed out of our presence and into the presence of our King.We are grateful for his courage and perserverance.His dedication to the truth is so wanting in our day, but as the savior said in Jn.8:32 it is the truth that sets us free. Jerald was a true freedom fighter and he will be deeply missed. Thank you for sharing him with us for a little while.
the Johnstons, Steven,Annette,&Family
Steven Johnston
October 6, 2006
Jerald Tanner HAS changed the world. The world WILL notice even if they are not conscience of it. His life has touched so many that no one will ever know the sum total... Here is an illustration that I wish I could paint for you, but just picture my words: His Christian character that drove his work was dropped into the sea of humanity and the ripples are going out across this sea so far reaching that you may never see the end, nor will it end. Many knew of him in Salt Lake, next, spreading throughout Utah, then looking farther, people who have left Utah or share his works, his character, with relatives in other states know of him - his influence goes out farther and farther! Don't forget, his books will continue to change lives for as long as the ink is legible on the paper. And don't mistake this: His life goes on forever in God's Kingdom where he will bless us when we are with him again.
Eloise Reeves Pike
October 6, 2006
I was saddend to read of The passing of Mr. Tanner. I knew you both as a child. My Grandparents had great respect for you and your work. How wonderful for him that He has entered into God's Kingdom and is free from his illness.
Lori Huhn (Bateson)
Lori Huhn
October 6, 2006
My deepest sympathies at this difficult time.

He inspired me to do the impossible, to set myself free.
Helen Alexander
October 6, 2006
Jerald was a very amazing person and will never be forgotten. Though I hadn't seen him in many years, I will never forget his intelligence, dedication or his wonderful sense of humor. God be with you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Reeves Ford Family
October 6, 2006
God's blessing upon you in this time. Thank you for your life's work and working on reality, truth and common sense. My prayers are with Sandra and the Tanner during this time of grief.
Darin Burrell
October 6, 2006
Thanks !!
Mark Linnell
October 6, 2006
Jerald was an example of a person honoring the ideal of truth. He'll be missed.
William Wilson
October 6, 2006
Dearest Sandra & Family,

I was sorry to hear of your loss. Truely, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your dear family. May God's blessings of comfort, peace, and love be with you Sandra.

Sincerely with love,
Sherrie Rose
October 6, 2006
A good man and a life well lived.
Brian Barnard
October 6, 2006
David Hyatt
October 6, 2006
Be at rest, now.
Thank you for making a difference, Jerald
Henning Müller
October 6, 2006
Sorry for your loss. Best wishes for the future.
Jarom Olsen
October 5, 2006
Thank you, Jerald, for your lifelong commitment to searching for the truth. You helped me and countless others in our search. I never met you, but you were a friend to me. You will never be forgotten. Peace.
Jennifer Levine
October 5, 2006
Jerald and Sandra, thank you for the time and effort you put into your research.

The truth shall set us free!

Your Sister in Christ,
Cathy Seither
October 5, 2006
It is with profound sorrow that I have learned of the passing of Jerald Tanner. His example of integrity said so much. He was a beacon in the historical community and I know so many will miss him.
Raymond Cunningham
October 5, 2006

I so appreciate everything you and Jerald have done for exmormons. I hope you find comfort and peace.
October 5, 2006
Jerald and Sandra were more than gracious and welcoming to me when I visited with them in their bookstore. Jerald's quiet strength touched me and thousands through the years.
Steven Clark
October 5, 2006
Jerald was a true gentleman, he will be missed by all of us. I cannot tell you how much your research has done for me and my family. Thank you, may he rest in the peace he deserves.
Terry Nay
October 5, 2006
I am deeply grateful for the work that Jerald and his wife did and do in terms of research into all things Mormon. The work they have done is staggering in its scope. Thank you and God bless.
M. DeAnn Morris
October 5, 2006
Thank you so much for your tribute to truth, Jerald. You have helped many realize that there is life and vibrancy in living honestly.

May you rest in peace.
Jason S
October 5, 2006
Our sincere sympathy to you and yours. We appreciate so much all you both have done to reveal the truth to those who are enslaved. We rejoice that Jerald is now with his savior and whole once more.
Tom and Sarah Ballard
October 5, 2006
Thank you for standing for your convictions, preserving truth and quietly doing the right thing.
Odell Campbell
October 5, 2006
My condolences to Sandra and the rest of the family.

Jerald was a man of great integrity. People who are willing to speak truth to power are rare. The world is a better place because of Jerald Tanner.
Jolene Arnoff
October 5, 2006
Sorry to hear about Jeralds passing. He has provided much good information to those of us who lost a loved one to Mormonism. Look forward to the newsletter.
Jim Martin
October 5, 2006
Mrs. Tanner,

Please accept my condolences on the death of your husband, Jerald. May you find peace in knowing that his life was well spent in helping so many people all over the world, myself included. I cannot thank you both enough.


October 5, 2006
You will be missed. You touched my family. Thank you for your courage.
Cynthia Jensen
October 5, 2006
J Byrnes
October 5, 2006
Sandra - - you and Jerald do so much to educate the world. I pray that your ministry will continue and thrive and that Jerald's spirit will continue to guide you and your family.

Thank you always for what you did for me and my family
Pat Hada
October 5, 2006
Jerald Tanner has done more during the past few decades to expose the truth about Mormonism and the LDS Church than any other person, save his wife, Sandra. I'm grateful for his vision, integrity, steadfastness, and work. May he rest in peace.
Blair Watson
October 5, 2006
Thank you, Mr. Tanner. You have my respect and gratitude.
Sandie Valerie
October 5, 2006
Wow, I am shocked to read of Jerald's passing. I just happened to "tap" into deseret news and read the obit. I have appreciated many of the works written by the Tanners, and I hope that their combined efforts will continue to shed light on those who are brave enough to ask questions about the LDS faith. My sincere condolences.
Sue Berns
October 5, 2006
Sandy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Gerald was such an easy man to be around. He was a great encourager and friend. We will remember him always.
Darryl & Wendy Fenn
October 5, 2006
To the Tanner family, with my deepest sympathy: For the last 2 and a half years since moving from Utah, I have read as much of Jeralds work and word as I can get my hands on. Ufortunatly, I had never heard of this brilliant man until I moved from Utah. Otherwise, I would have loved to pick his brain and get some answers that I have much needed. A very dear friend of mine in Nebraska contacted Sandra to inquire about a custody case I was battling with Utah County and the LDS church. This friend was appauld to hear that what sounded so absured from my mouth, sounded founded and real from the Tanners. We spent the whole day reading about Jeralds findings and beliefs. I was looking to move back to Utah and came across his obituary. I am so thankful that I did so that I can let the family know what a wonderful, brilliant and influential man Jerald was to someone who had never met him.
Amber Nilsson
October 5, 2006
We can only hope that God would use us, like God has used Jerald. I know God used Jerald’s writings to bring us into the Light.

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:
Louis and Diane Wilkins
October 5, 2006
I didn't know Jerald personally but I knew of his work. Please accept my sympathy and love.
Dan Judy
October 5, 2006
You thought so clearly,
reasoned so well,
fought for truth like a gentleman,
and blessed us immeasurably,
Mike & Ann Thomas
October 5, 2006
Dear Sandra:

You ministry and friendship has always been a blessing in my life.

Leaving the comfort of the loving care that you gave him, Jerald has finally moved on to his special place with Christ.

Until you are reunited with him, may you be blessed in all that you do. May you have the strength to continue the much needed work that touches the lives of so many.

Helen Radkey
Universal Life Church Minister
Helen Radkey
October 4, 2006
Sandra, your one of the best examples of true love that I have seen in my life. You were long suffering and took your role as wife seriously. I know that you will miss Jerald a great deal and that you have been missing him for a long time even before this.
You will be re-united with Jerald and now he is with the Lord and himself once again, complete and perfect. Thank you for your example in your Christian life. You and the family will be in my prayers. Love Lisa Del Toro
Lisa Del Toro
October 4, 2006
Gerald Tanner is a man whose mind is once again free to continue working and serving the God that he so dearly loves. A soul that will be sorely missed by all who knew him, though we know he is now at peace.
Tim and Jill Bailey
October 4, 2006
Our Dearest Sandy:
Our Prayers and heart are with you.
He is with the Lord! Praise be HisName John 3:16 In his precious
name, Love
Ceasar Martha and Melva
Ceasar and Martha Carrion
October 4, 2006
Jerald was a courageous man and committed to the Truth. He is now receiving his reward for his service to the Lord. May God be with you Sandra while you continue the work until the time comes for you to meet with Jerald again.
Brent Budge
October 4, 2006
Although I did not agree with the conclusions that Mr. Tanner came to through his research, I cannot argue with his commitment to the causes he set out to support. May we all be as committed to the things we believe in as he was. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family.
C. Britton
October 4, 2006
Jerald was a Utah pioneer of a different sort, courageously blazing a trail which many have since followed and for which many have been repeatedly grateful. Thank you for your quiet faithfulness dear brother.
Living Hope Ministries
October 4, 2006
I was one of the unknown thousands of people touched by Jerald's meticulous research and writting. The few occasions I had the privilege of talking with Jerald I was impressed by his soft spoken manner and true humility. He will be sorely missed by all of us who gained so much from his devotion to saving lost souls. My condolence to Sandra and all of his family and associates. Till we meet again, Jerald, thank you for being the man God called you to be.
Judy Robertson
October 4, 2006
I never knew you personally, but I appreciated many, many things that you have done. Thanks for sharing your life and talents. May God be with you now and forever. My love and sympathy.
Chris Probst
October 4, 2006
Jerald Tanner was a man of integrity and courage who was not afraid to speak his own personal truth- no matter the cost.
The effects of his work (and that of his wife) are far reaching and will not be soon forgotten.
He was truly loved and will truly be missed.
Amy Bjorge
October 4, 2006
I never met Jerald Tanner but visited his bookstore frequently. I always left feeling grateful for his talent and gift, and at the same time a little amazed @ his bravery and perserverance and also Sandra's for that matter. I sincerely hope the bookstore will continue. My heartfelt condolences to his family and I submit his passing will indeed be felt even on a global level even though not perhaps on a high profile arena; it surely will be felt by those far and wide that appreciated and needed his work. Gods blessings ~ 'til you all meet again.
B. Soter
October 4, 2006
May the blessings of peace and comfort surround the Tanner family and friends at this heartfelt time. May the memory of Jerald's life and the work that continues on be a beacon to the lost and hopeless. There is no way to count the number of lives that have been influenced by this one life of one of God's faithful! May we rejoice in the knowledge that this is one man who heard, "Well DONE thou GOOD AND FAITHFUL Servant!"

With love and sympathy and prayers for those left behind to carry on the memory and the work...

One who was touched and continues to be,
Karrie Browning
October 4, 2006
I've admired Jerald's research and writing from a far for quite a few years. I offer my condolences to his friends and family.
Jake Dinsdale
October 4, 2006
A Great Loss!!
Darrell Bonzo
October 4, 2006

The world will survive the death
of my father -
Life will not screech to a halt
at the news.
There will be no mention on CNN
Or scroll-bys on MSNBC,
No billboards will flash in
Times Square.

His death will be but a drop
Into a bucket full of faceless
One of a myriad on that average day.

And yet, with his passing
Will go one of the best men
I've ever known -
A man who was kind
To even the smallest of animals,
Who shared his time and money
With the poor and rejected,
A man who took seriously his roles
Of husband, father and son,
A man who did his best
With the two-pair hand life
Dealt him.

The world will not notice
his absence,
But I will grieve none the less.

April Tanner Muegge
Dedicated to Jerald Tanner, my Dad
April Muegge
October 4, 2006
Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into your Master's joy!
Ross Anderson
October 4, 2006
Our sympathy and prayers to the Tanner family. We are both extremely grateful for the dedication of Jerald to his work. His commitment to his work and to Christ were instrumental in our lives and helped lead us along in our commitment to Jesus. The impact Jerald's work has had on our lives is immeasurable.

We praise God for his life and look forward to seeing Jerald when this life is over!
Mark and Stephanie Lish
October 4, 2006
Mr. & Mrs. Tanner's research and ministry has been a blessing in my life. I was saddened to hear of Jerald's passing. Praying for God's blessings on the Tanner family through this difficult time.
October 4, 2006
I am very saddend to hear of Jerald's death. I was a reader, from Iowa, of his works and writings
and was very grateful to know about him.May he rest in peace.
Richard Reiseck
October 4, 2006
"The truth will set you free"
You guys contribution to truth is much appriciated.
Honesty is the best policy. Thank you so much.
Ron Steele
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