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Former diplomat David Timmins dies

Published: Monday, July 21 2008 12:10 a.m. MDT

David Brighton Timmins, a former U.S. diplomat, died Wednesday. He was 78.

During a well-traveled, 32-year career as a U.S. foreign-service officer, Mr. Timmins held posts in the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Morocco, Guatemala and Spain, where he served as a counselor at the U.S. Embassy in the 1970s.

While on a two-year leave of absence from the U.S. State Department, Mr. Timmins organized and staffed Weber State University's economics department, helping it achieve national accreditation.

Mr. Timmins also launched an unsuccessful bid for Utah's 2nd Congressional District in 1996, running on a platform that promised to fight for a balanced budget and term limits for congressmen.

Mr. Timmins was raised and educated in Salt Lake City, graduating from East High School and the University of Utah. He later earned his Ph.D. from Harvard.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ensign Peak LDS Church, 125 N. Sandrun Road, on Capitol Hill. A viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Mr. Timmins will be buried in the Smithfield City Cemetery.

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