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Sitting in his office at the Church Administration Building, President M. Russell Ballard holds a worn and heavily marked set of scriptures—bound together with two rubber bands—and talks about his friend Jon M. Huntsman Sr.
It is hard to say everything about Huntsman’s service to his family and the Church and his work as an international businessman and philanthropist, said President Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
But, he adds as he holds up Huntsman’s scriptures, which he borrowed from the family to use in his funeral address, “This says a lot.”
Huntsman, 80, died Friday, February 2, 2018, “surrounded by a loving family, following long-term health challenges.”
Married to Karen Haight Huntsman—the daughter of Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Ruby Haight—Jon Huntsman was the father of nine children.
“We share today in the grief of the Huntsman family,” wrote the First Presidency in a statement. “We honor Jon as a cherished husband, father, and friend, esteemed as a leader for his exceptional capacity, commitment, philanthropy, and service throughout the world. We express our love to Karen, to their children, and family. Jon’s legacy of faithful leadership, generosity, and goodness stands as a beacon for the entire Huntsman family and many others throughout the world.”
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