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Marion Duff Hanks
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Birth: Oct. 13, 1921
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Aug. 5, 2011
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Marion Duff Hanks age 89
LDS General Authority

1930 Census Salt Lake City, Utah
Maude F Hanks 46, widow
Jeanette Hanks 20, secretary church office
Beulah Hanks 17
Stanley B Hanks 15
Marion D Hanks 8
Own home, radio

Northern States Mission, headqtr. Chicago
J.D. University of Utah
LDS Church General Authority, Emeritus 1992
Author of:
That Easter Morn LDS hymn
Bread Upon the Water
Now and Forever
The gift of Self


2011 Death Notice: Salt Lake City, Utah
Elder Marion Duff Hanks, 89, a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1953, died Friday, according to the church's Public Affairs Department.

"The church lost a valued and respected leader, educator and friend with the passing of Elder Marion D. Hanks," the church's First Presidency said in a statement released late Friday afternoon. "He was an admired leader who served in numerous church callings, including the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Maxine, and their family."

One of the youngest men to be called as a General Authority in the church during the latter half of the 20th Century, Elder Hanks was 31 when he joined what was the First Council of the Seventy on Oct. 4, 1953.

He also served as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve from 1968 to 1976 and twice served in the presidency of the Seventy from 1976 to 1980, and from 1984 until he was given emeritus status on Oct. 3, 1992.

Elder Hanks had been the oldest living member of the First Quorum of Seventy and the second-oldest General Authority. Former church patriarch Eldred G. Smith, also an emeritus General Authority, is 104.

In the early 1960s, Elder Hanks served as president of the British Mission. Among the missionaries he mentored were Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook, now both members of the church's Quorum of the Twelve.

Elder Hanks was born in Salt Lake City on Oct. 13, 1921, a son of Stanley Alonzo and Maude Frame Hanks. His father was a prominent municipal judge who died when Elder Hanks was 2. His widowed mother reared six of the seven children to maturity. Elder Hanks was the youngest.

A World War II veteran he served in the Navy Elder Hanks returned from the war to earn a law degree at the University of Utah.

He wrote the lyrics to one of the church's hymns, "That Easter Morn," was honored with the Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America and was president of the Salt Lake Temple from 1982-85.

Hanks and his wife, the former Maxine Christensen, are the parents of five children.

Asked in 1993 by Dennis Lythgoe of the Deseret News what he thought his epitaph could read, Elder Hanks was hesitant to answer but offered a few possibilities:

"A teacher affects eternity. (It's definitely the most fun I've ever had.)"

"We live on in the lives we have influenced for good."

"Through Christ he early caught a glimpse of what man might be. His generous investment as a teacher produced rich dividends in the lives of others."

"I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from thee ... but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." Job 42:1-6.

"I would have ended my last general conference address with Job but didn't have the time. I think these verses mean that Job sees that what he did pales beside that of the Savior. If I had anything on my epitaph, I would be happy with these verses from Job."

Funeral Services are pending.
CONTRIBUTING: Tom Hatch.
Utah; The Deseret News, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 3:05 p.m. MDT

2011 Death Notice: Salt Lake City, Utah
A submarine chaser in the Navy during World War II, Elder Marion D. Hanks risked his life to fly into hot combat zones during the Vietnam War to minister to LDS soldiers.

When a few of the first letters he wrote back to the families of soldiers didn't arrive until after the soldiers were killed in action, Elder Hanks took to staying up late into the night dictating the letters. Each morning, he put the tapes on a plane back to Utah, where his secretary would immediately type and send the letters.

"I can tell you by experience in my own family that a letter from a General Authority who has recently visited your 'loved one' in the field in Vietnam is a morale-builder," Army Col. Russell Meacham said in the book Saints at War about the letter sent by Elder Hanks to Meacham's family.

Elder Hanks, who served for nearly 40 years as a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Friday in Salt Lake City, a week after suffering a stroke, surrounded by family members who recalled his remarkable capacity for ministering to the one.

"His intellect was just incredible, enormous, but his ability to touch the individual person in a personal way was his greatest legacy," his son Richard D. Hanks said Friday night. "The person before him always had his full devotion."

A mentor to apostles, a teacher and an athlete, Elder Hanks was the oldest living member of the Quorum of the Seventy nearly 60 years after joining what then was the First Council of the Seventy on Oct. 4, 1953, at the tender age of 31, one of the youngest men called to serve as a General Authority in the latter half of the 20th Century.

"The church lost a valued and respected leader, educator and friend with the passing of Elder Marion D. Hanks," the church's First Presidency said in a statement released late Friday afternoon. "He was an admired leader who served in numerous church callings, including the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Maxine, and their family."

In the early 1960s, Elder Hanks served as president of the British Mission. Among the missionaries he mentored were Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook, now both members of the church's Quorum of the Twelve.

"President Hanks had a profound influence on my life," Elder Holland once said, "as he did upon all the missionaries."

"Elder Hanks was the most incredible teacher and learner that I have ever known," said Richard G. Whitehead, who also served as a missionary under Elder Hanks

"I don't know of anyone who has had an influence on me or believes in youth like this man," said Whitehead, now vice president of Institutional Advancement at Southern Virginia University. "He just had the capacity to instill in everyone the desire to do their best."

Whitehead recalled that Elder Hanks encouraged the missionaries to memorize worthwhile writings that could help shape their lives. "Thankfully, I did," Whitehead said Friday, recalling this quote from Samuel Johnson:
"The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove."

Elder Hanks also served as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve from 1968 to 1976 and twice served in the presidency of the Seventy from 1976 to 1980, and from 1984 until he was given emeritus status on Oct. 3, 1992.

Elder Hanks had been the oldest living member of the First Quorum of Seventy and the second-oldest General Authority. Former church patriarch Eldred G. Smith, also an emeritus General Authority, is 104.

Born in Salt Lake City on Oct. 13, 1921, Elder Hanks was a son of Stanley Alonzo and Maude Frame Hanks. His father was a prominent municipal judge who died when Elder Hanks was 2. His widowed mother reared six of the seven children to maturity. Elder Hanks was the youngest.

Elder Hanks returned from World War II to earn a law degree at the University of Utah. He and his wife, the former Maxine Christensen, are the parents of five children.

An author and compelling speaker, he also wrote the lyrics to one of the church's hymns, "That Easter Morn," was honored with the Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America and served as president of the Salt Lake Temple from 1982-85.

Asked in 1993 by Dennis Lythgoe of the Deseret News what he thought his epitaph could read, Elder Hanks was hesitant to answer but offered a few possibilities:

"A teacher affects eternity. (It's definitely the most fun I've ever had.)"

"We live on in the lives we have influenced for good."

"Through Christ he early caught a glimpse of what man might be. His generous investment as a teacher produced rich dividends in the lives of others."

"I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from thee ... but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." Job 42:1-6.

"I would have ended my last general conference address with Job but didn't have the time. I think these verses mean that Job sees that what he did pales beside that of the Savior. If I had anything on my epitaph, I would be happy with these verses from Job."

Funeral services are being planned for Aug. 13.
After receiving emeritus status, Elder Hanks became chairman of the Ouelessebougou Mali-Utah alliance group, which has supported a program of community service for a consortium of villages in Mali, West Africa.

In addition, he chaired the International Enterprise Development Foundation, which assists people in the Philippines and Third World countries in establishing small-business and other economic improvement efforts.
In April 1993, he received an honorary doctorate of Christian service as the main speaker at BYU's graduation.

Elder Hanks had also continued as a public speaker in his later years. For example, in 2002, he gave a talk titled, "I Do Not Do My Work in the Spirit of Benefaction but of Atonement" (a quotation from Albert Schweitzer), at Utah Valley State College in Orem.

He received BYU's David M. Kennedy Public Service Award in 1995. When he received that award, Ray Hillam, Kennedy Center associate and emeritus BYU faculty member. said, "The career of Marion D. Hanks has been a career of service. We cannot recognize all of his accomplishments. They are legion. However, the center wishes to honor Marion D. Hanks for his service in two specific areas: refugee work and rural and free enterprise development."

LDS-oriented Southern Virginia University in Richmond has also honored Elder Hanks with its Leader-Servant Award.

Elder Hanks was executive director of the Priesthood Department at the time he received emeritus status. He had also been executive director of the Correlation Department and chairman of the Communications Coding Committee.

As a youth, he won the Utah State Marble Championship, attended West High School and was offered a basketball scholarship to the University of Utah, but declined to serve a church mission.

His mission to the Northern States was cut short by World War II. He served in the Navy where he was group leader of 600 LDS servicemen.

On another assignment, while on an extended tour through the South Pacific, he was the only LDS member aboard a submarine chaser. Appointed acting chaplain by the ship's captain, he conducted weekly services, attracting many of the crew. He achieved the rank of first class petty officer.

He received a law degree from the University of Utah. in 1948. While at the university, he was active in Delta Phi, the returned missionaries' social fraternity. He later was an adviser to this group.

He never practiced law, but worked for the church's seminary and institute system until becoming a general authority.

As a general authority, he served for a number of years as military relations representative of the church.

His service in the Navy is credited with his introduction to his wife-to-be, Maxine Christensen, who was living in Hawaii with her parents at the time. Their four-year courtship led to marriage in the Hawaii Temple on Aug. 27, 1949. They were the parents of four daughters and a son.
After returning from the service, Elder Hanks continued his schooling and entered the teaching profession, becoming a principal and teacher of the seminary at West High. He was also an instructor at the Institute of Religion at the University of Utah.

He held these positions at the time of his call to the First Council of the Seventy. He remained as an institute teacher until 1970.

"I grew up participating in all kinds of sports, partly because of the example of my brother, who was an outstanding athlete, and partly because it was born in us, I guess," Elder Hanks said in a 1984 Church News interview. He was a member of the 19th Ward basketball team that won the all-Church championship in 1947.
Elder Hanks also earned his Master M-Man award and during June conferences of the MIA performed a number of special services for the MIA general boards.

For a number of years at the Mission Home, Elder Hanks taught classes in the Book of Mormon and conducted a "difficult" questions class.

He was a popular fireside speaker at the time of his call as a general authority and was noted for his attention-holding style of speech and for his rapport with audiences, especially young people.

Elder Hanks was active in numerous civic programs and was especially active in Scouting. He formerly served on Scouting's National Executive Board and International Committee and also was a member of the National Advisory Board. In 1988, he received the Silver Buffalo, the highest honor of the Boy Scouts of America, for nationwide service to youth.

He also was chairman of the Deseret Gym board and in February 1995 spoke at the gym's 85th anniversary open house.

Elder Hanks and his wife also founded the Hanks Foundation, a Salt Lake humanitarian group.

CONTRIBUTING: Tom Hatch, Rick Hall
Utah; The Deseret News;
Friday, August 5, 2011 11:31 p.m.


2011 Obituary Salt Lake City, Utah
Marion Duff Hanks 1921 ~ 2011 Marion Duff Hanks died August 5, 2011 at the age of 89, in Salt Lake City, Utah, of causes incident to age. Elder Marion D. Hanks was one of the great souls born to this earth. He lived his life by the teachings in the Holy Scriptures, with which he was intimately acquainted and which he loved so deeply, and taught as no other. He was a teacher, a scholar, a defender, a great intellect, and a servant, but above all, he was a man of God.

Elder Hanks was born into poverty but was unfailingly generous with his time, money and spirit to all who needed him. He was fatherless from his babyhood, but was a mentor, counselor, protector, leader and father to innumerable others. He believed the words of the Savior and chose the weightier matters of life judgment, mercy, and faith. He felt that he personally needed to feed the hungry, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, defend the defenseless, and comfort those who mourned. He loved his family and was kind and courtly, courteous and generous to everyone he met.

Elder Hanks was commanding and charismatic. He was an advisor to five Presidents of the United States, serving on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, beginning with Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was a local, national and international leader of many organizations including Rotary, Ouelessebougou Alliance, Enterprise Mentors, Boy Scouts of America, Salvation Army, Utah Boys Ranch, Salt Lake Cancer Society, Sons of the Utah Pioneers, and numerous others.

Elder Hanks was a consummate community bridge builder. He spent many years on the Board of Trustees for Brigham Young University. He possessed a strong mind with a deep capacity for language and thought. He was serious from his childhood. He resisted the proud. Elder Hanks succeeded in many arenas, but the focus of his life was the Kingdom of God and all of God's children.

Elder Hanks was born October 13, 1921 in Salt Lake City to Stanley A. and Maude Frame Hanks. He was married to Maxine Lehua Christensen in the Hawaii Temple in 1949. They are the parents of five children. He graduated from the University of Utah Law School, served an LDS mission to the Northern States Mission, and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

At the age of 31, Elder Hanks was called by President David O. McKay to serve as a General Authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He spent the next 40 years serving others across the earth with Maxine. He served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on three occasions, as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve, as a Mission President in London, England, Area President/Supervisor in Hong Kong, the Pacific Isles, Central Utah, South America, and the Atlantic Northeast Areas, editor of the New Era Magazine, Director of the Correlation Committee, Military Relations and Chaplains, The Priesthood Department, and President of the Salt Lake Temple, to name but a few. He traveled on multiple occasions to Vietnam, during that war, in order to comfort and meet with LDS servicemen. He would stay up late into the night dictating letters to the servicemen's families that he had visited. In Asia, he was the catalyst for the creation of the refugee programs for the Church in Thailand and the Philippines.

Elder Hanks influenced the lives of thousands of students as a teacher of the Book of Mormon in Seminary and Institute classes for many years. He was always willing to say 'yes' to one more request and filled innumerable speaking assignments. He loved the Temple, and was beloved by all who worked with him there. He was a gifted athlete who loved sports and excelled in basketball, handball and squash. He loved his country deeply. He also loved literature and books and would often quote long passages of Shakespeare. He loved to chop wood, shovel snow, move rocks in the stream at Aspen Grove, and occasionally go home to the Hawaiian Islands with Maxine. His wife and partner in all things, Maxine, has taken care of Duff throughout his long illness with devotion, passion, and love. His five children love and honor him and are so grateful to have had such a kind, wise and remarkable father who gave each of them the gift of unconditional love.

Elder Marion Duff Hanks is survived by his wife, Maxine and their five children: Susan (Paul) Maughan, Nancy (John) Baird, Ann (Spencer) Clawson, Mary (Chris) Clifford, Richard (Liz) Hanks, 23 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren. His parents, brothers: Lincoln and Bruce, and sisters: Jeanette, Maurine, Beulah and Maude May all preceded him in death. Elder Hanks' family would like to thank the many friends who continued to visit him, some of whom could scarce afford the time, and the caregivers who loved and respected him and treated him with such kindness, respect and compassion.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holladay So. Stake Center, 4917 Viewmont St., Salt Lake City. Visitation will be held Friday August 12, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 13th, 2011 from 9:00-10:30 a.m., also at the Holladay So. Stake Center. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park (3401 Highland Dr, Salt Lake City). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Marion D. and Maxine C. Hanks Humanitarian Foundation, P.O. Box 9672, Salt Lake City, Utah 84109.
Utah; The Deseret News Sunday, August 7, 2011

Elder Marion D Hanks Laid to Rest
Elder Marion D. Hanks' greatest desire in life was to qualify to be a friend of Christ.

He would realize that sacred desire through decades of selfless service and devotion, said friends and relatives who paid tribute to the late Latter-day Saint leader at Saturday's funeral services in Holladay. Elder Hanks' 90 years on earth, they declared, were defined by service, dedication, learning and always speaking out for those in need.

Called to the Seventy at age 31, Elder Hank's would spend almost two-thirds of this life serving as a general authority. He died Aug. 5 at the age of 89.

"He was a beloved friend and associate in the work of the Lord," said President Thomas S. Monson, who spoke and presided at the funeral.

Friends, associates and relatives filled the Holladay South Stake Center to hear Elder Hanks honored as a man of God and of the people a "man's man" and loyal friend who looked out for the little guy, adored his family, cherished the scriptures and his country, competed fiercely on the athletic field and devoted his life to his church.

"No one who has known Marion D. Hanks or Duff, as we like to call him will ever forget him," said President Monson.

The leader called his late friend "a man for all seasons" and a decorated fellow Scouter. The two served together for decades as fellow general authorities. During the final years of his life, Elder Hanks battled illness and was living at an assisted-living center. There, President Monson would often visit his old associate. They would talk about Elder Hanks' "glory days" playing church basketball, along with other fond memories.

Elder Hanks, he said, accepted in full the Apostle Paul's challenge to be "an example of the believers."

Marion D. Hanks was known as "Duff" to close friends and family members. He was Elder Hanks to millions of Latter-day Saints. But he will always be "President Hanks" to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook, members of the Quorum of the Twelve who also served under Elder Hanks when he presided over the British Mission.

Both men spoke at Saturday's service.

Elder Holland said that his mission president "has been like a father to me." President Hanks, he added, was also a learned, sensitive teacher who would enlist the words of Shakespeare or the world's greatest poets to teach the missionaries a valuable lesson or perhaps inject a measure of needed humor.

The scriptures, meanwhile, "were the hammer and tongs he used to forge our souls."

Elder Holland marveled at his mentor's capacity to protect, defend and elevate the disenfranchised, the fatherless and the forgotten. "Everywhere he labored, he sought ways to bless the poor and the needy."

Elder Hanks, he added, counted everyone in the room and everyone in the room counted.

Elder Cook remembered his mission president as a man who perpetually called for moral agency and correct choices. Elder Hanks taught that people can't always control their circumstances, but they can control their spiritual reactions and make correct choices. He taught the importance of making the day-to-day decision to do the right thing.

Marion D. Hanks was a man devoted to both the gospel and his family, noted Elder Cook. As a full-time missionary, young Elder Cook observed the gospel being lived in full inside the walls of the mission home.

Elder Hanks also bore a rich testimony of Christ and lived a life defined by faith in the Lord. "His main emphasis was to do what the Savior wanted him to do," he said.

Several of Elder Hanks' children also spoke at the funeral. Nancy Hanks Baird said her father taught his children "to love truth." He was tenacious in his quest for truth and had a deep aversion for pretense and arrogance. He taught all in his vast circle of friends and associates that Christ was the key to the abundant life.

He was a "real human being" who lived life with great urgency in his efforts to serve and help others.

Another daughter, Susan Hanks Maughan, said her father utilized every opportunity to use the scriptures to teach his children. His calling as a general authority often took him away from his family as he traveled across the globe to minister to congregations. "He was always willing to say yes to one more request if he could bless other."

But his church duties never placed a hardship on the Hanks' children or his marriage, she said. Marian D. and Maxine C. Hanks enjoyed "a 62-year-old love affair."

"He never stopped expressing his love for our mom," said Hanks Maughan.

A son, Richard Duff Hanks, called his father "a good man who honored God with his life."

On the playing field, Elder Hanks taught his children how to throw, kick, swing and shoot. Richard Hanks said his dad also instructed him on the finer points of working with a hammer, swinging an ax and fixing a sprinkler.

"Being a teacher is what made my dad tick it's what he was born to do," said Richard Hanks.

He also taught his children and students the importance of embracing what's truly important. "Dad taught us that the things that matter most are not things," he said.

Interment was at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
Utah, The Deseret News; Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 11:44 p.m. MDT

Siblings:
Lincoln Frame Hanks
Maurine Helen Hanks Busath
Jeannette Hanks Sorenson
Beulah Hanks Olsen
Stanley Bruce Hanks
Maude May Hanks child

GF Archibald Frame, Sr.
GM Helen Duff Frame

 
 
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 Parents:
  Stanley Alonzo Hanks (1878 - 1924)
  Maud Frame Hanks (1883 - 1967)
 
 Siblings:
  Lincoln Frame Hanks (1905 - 1968)*
  Maurine Helen Hanks Busath (1907 - 1992)*
  Jeannette Hanks Sorenson (1910 - 1971)*
  Beulah Hanks Olsen (1913 - 1971)*
  Stanley Bruce Hanks (1915 - 1989)*
  Maude May Hanks (1917 - 1919)*
  Marion Duff Hanks (1921 - 2011)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: Whispering 408-5
 
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