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Trent Toone, Deseret News
LDS artist Grant Romney Clawson poses with his portrait of President Thomas S. Monson. The painting will hang with the other presidents’ portraits in the Salt Lake City Temple.

Grant Romney Clawson, a Murray resident who painted portraits of prophets and created artwork for temples and LDS Church buildings, died Sunday, July 10, a few weeks short of his 89th birthday, according to his family.

The 88-year-old artist passed away Sunday night, likely from a heart attack, the family said.

Clawson served as a cook for the military during the Korean War before spending 16 years at KSL-TV. His heart returned to creating art, the passion of his youth, in the late 1950s, according to a 2010 article in the Deseret News.

Over the past five decades, the self-taught artist, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, created hundreds of paintings depicting Jesus Christ, prophets, scriptural scenes and other gospel artwork, often using his loved ones as models. Some of Clawson's art resides inside Latter-day Saint temples and other church-owned buildings around the world, he said in the article.

Some of Clawson's most recognizable original works include "Boy Jesus in the Temple"; "Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream"; and a 66-by-14-foot mural titled "Go Ye Therefore," which is on display in the lobby of the Church Office Building, a family member said in an email.

In the late 1960s, Clawson was commissioned to paint a series of enlarged paintings of Harry Anderson's works depicting the life of Jesus Christ, which hung the North Visitors Center at Temple Square.

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In 2010, at age 82, Clawson completed a portrait of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson.

Outside of his LDS artwork, Clawson preferred Western art.

Clawson leaves behind his wife, six children, 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Clawson's funeral services are scheduled to be held at the Ridgecreek Ward building, 5735 Fashion Blvd., Murray, Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. A viewing will take place at the same location Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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