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Former Regional Representative Vern R. Peel dies
Salt Lake Tribune 11Jan00 P2
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Former Regional Representative Vern R. Peel dies Salt Lake Tribune 11Jan00 P2

ST. GEORGE, UTAH -- Former LDS Regional Representative Vern R. Peel died Saturday, January 8th at age 93. Peel was a Regional Representative for seven years, was President of the Minnesota-Manitoba Mission (now the Minneapolis Minnesota Mission) and was a Stake President over 3 different Stakes for 19 years.

Peel was born in La Grande, Oregon March 31, 1906. As a young man Peel moved to Los Angeles, where he started working at age 15 for the California Fruit Growers Exchange (now Sunkist) as an office boy. He worked for Sunkist for 51 years before retiring in 1972.

In 1950 Peel was called as President of the San Bernardino Stake. When that stake was divided two years later, he became President of the Mt. Rubidoux Stake (now the Riverside Stake). That stake was then divided in 1962, when he became president of the Pomona Stake (now the La Verne Stake).

Peel was finally released from stake service in 1969, when he was among the first called as Regional Representatives for the Church. He was then called four years later (1973) as president of the Minnesota-Manitoba Mission. At age 70, he was again called to serve as a Regional Representative, serving for another 3 years.

His church service started early, beginning with a call as a bishop's counselor at age 27. Three years later, after he and his family moved to Pomona, California, Peel was called as the first bishop of the Pomona Ward, where he served for nine years.

He married the former Hilda Robinson in 1927, and they were the parents of six children. A funeral will be held on Friday, January 14th in Farmington, Utah.


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