Obituary: YARN, DAVID H. JR

Published: Saturday, April 19 2014 7:06 p.m. MDT

David H. Yarn, Jr.1920 ~ 2012David H. Yarn, Jr., devoted husband and father, teacher, and gentleman, died of natural causes at his home in Provo on February 29, 2012. This was two years to the day (but for Leap Year) after his beloved companion, Marilyn S. Yarn, passed beyond the veil. He was 91. David was born to D. Homer and Bessie Haskell Herring Yarn on July 7, 1920, in Atlanta Georgia. He had one younger brother, Loyd, who died at the age of 17.Marilyn Stevenson and David were married on August 27, 1946, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They were the parents of six daughters, the grandparents of 22 and the great-grandparents of 28. He attended Georgia Tech before serving for two years in the Western States Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his return from his mission, he enrolled at Brigham Young University, where he spent more than four decades as a student and professor. After graduating from BYU, he studied at Columbia University where he earned his masters and doctoral degrees. During his years at "the BYU" (as he called it), he was a professor in the Department of Philosophy, served as the first dean of Religious Instruction, and was a recipient of the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teaching Award. He delighted in teaching and bearing solemn witness of the ministry and mission of the Savior, whether in the classroom, at church, or at home. He served faithfully in many church callings, including gospel doctrine teacher, bishop and stake president. He was a sealer in the Provo Utah Temple for many years both before and following his retirement from full-time teaching at BYU. Perhaps the greatest joy he experienced in church service was the opportunity of returning to his native Georgia to serve with his dear wife as president and matron, respectively, of the Atlanta Georgia Temple from 1986 to 1989.David's love for his sweetheart, Marilyn, and their daughters was unsurpassed. He was ideally suited to be the father of six daughters and treated "his girls" with great respect. His concern, compassion and care for them was exemplary and he took particular pride in their varied accomplishments. In every sense, Marilyn was his equal partner in the grand enterprise of life. As a recognized scholar and prolific author, David took special satisfaction in his role as the general editor of the J. Reuben Clark Papers project at BYU, with Marilyn's able assistance. He is survived by his daughters, Karen (Les) Brown of Provo, Steffani (Paul) Washburn of Orem, Rebecca (Michael) Allen of Bountiful, Teresa (Dan) Pulleyn of Brigham City, Jennifer (James) Montgomery of Villa Rica, Georgia, and Joanna (Jon) Norton of Pleasant Grove, and their families. He will be remembered for his gracious and gentle manner, his understated sense of humor, and his life of service to his family, neighbors and Savior. His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 1 p.m. In the Grandview 9th Ward Chapel, 1555 North 1350 West, Provo, Utah. There will be a viewing Friday, March 9, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State Street, Orem, Utah, or from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Grandview 9th Ward chapel. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sundbergolpinmortuary.com