Donald T. Adams, 83, attorney, businessman and former state official, died of natural causes Feb. 5, 1991, in the San Juan Hospital, Monticello.

He was born April 4, 1907, in Monticello, an area his ancestors helped settle. Mr. Adams owned a dry farm and cattle ranch and had lived in the Monticello area most of his life, except for the time he served on the State Tax Commission and lived in Salt Lake City.Mr. Adams was named chairman of the commission in 1965, having earlier served as a member for a number of years. For four years he was a member of the Utah Public Service Commission.

He was a member of the Monticello City Council and a member of the Monticello Lions Club. In the 1950s he served two terms as a Democratic state senator.

Mr. Adams was San Juan County attorney from 1933 to 1937 and 7th Judicial District attorney from 1937 to 1945. He received a law degree in 1932 from the University of Utah and was instrumental in building the first uranium processing plant during the uranium boom in the 1940s in San Juan County.

Mr. Adams was director of the Southern and Eastern Utah Civic Club director of the Navajo Trail Association and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Funeral will be at noon Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Monticello Stake Center, where friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. before services. Burial will be in the Monticello Cemetery.