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Richard LeRoy Gunn

(Salt Lake City, Utah, 1918 - 2013)

Richard LeRoy Gunn was born on September 28, 1918 to Benjamin LeRoy and Fanny Louise Ensign Gunn in Salt Lake City. He served a mission to Hawaii for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Pearl Harbor was attacked while on his mission, and he enlisted in the Army upon his return, serving in the mapping unit of the 948th Army engineer corps during WWII. He married Jeanne Wright in 1942 and they had 6 children- Kathy, Elizabeth, Rick, Jeremy, Becky and Candy. He received a doctorate in art education from Stanford. He was a well-loved professor of art and master teacher at BYU for 34 years. In 1947, Gunn caught the attention of the Board President for Springville Museum of Art. He was offered a position as curator and served for one year before joining BYU Art Education Department. In 1972 he was recognized as Professor of the Year. He had a tremendous impact on those he came in contact with. He was active in his Church and served in various capacities including Bishop, and served on the Young Men's General Board for over 20 years. He was preceded in death by Jeanne, his dedicated wife of 47 years who passed away from cancer. He later married Jeanine Done Hansen, his devoted wife of 22 years.

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