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Church News: Deaths

Wilburn Clyde West Sr., 88, former president of the Eastern States Mission, died Oct. 4 in Salt Lake City. While presiding over the mission, he directed missionary activities at the Hill Cumorah Pageant and at the Mormon Pavilion during the 1964 New York World's Fair.

He was one of the 69 original regional representatives of the Council of the Twelve in 1968. He served on the Churchwide Home Teaching Committee, and was president of the Salt Lake Emigration Stake and bishop of the Federal Heights Ward. In 1944, he represented the Church on U.S. President Harry Truman's "National Conference on Prevention and Control of Juvenile Delinquency."He spent four years with National Geographic magazine, becoming assistant to the editor. He served two years as Washington, D.C., correspondent for `World Radio," official organ of the British Broadcasting Company. He worked in the U.S. Department of State, the War Department and the Social Security Administration. He became director of the Utah Institute of Fine Arts (now the Utah Arts Council) and co-founded the Western States Arts Foundation.

Richard Lynn Chapple, 53, former president of the Russia Moscow Mission from 1993-96, died Oct. 8 in Tallahassee, Fla.

He was a professor of Russian at Florida State University and was chairman of the Department of Modern Languages from 1991-1993. He also served as regional representative, as president of the Tallahassee Florida Stake from 1977-86, and as high councilor and bishop.