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Sent on Mormon-News: 12Mar01

By Kent Larsen

Wendell G. Eames, Washington Stake, Temple President, Dead at 83

LOGAN, UTAH -- Longtime Washington DC area Church member and former stake and temple president Wendell Geddes Eames died Saturday in Logan, Utah from complications of Parkinson's disease. A native of Preston, Idaho, Eames worked for the FBI in counter-espionage and for the US government in highway safety before he retired to serve the Church in the Washington DC Temple presidency. Eames was 83.

From an early age, Eames was highly successful. As a youth he became a Four Palm Eagle Scout and won a scholarship to the University of Idaho, where he earned a BA degree in Political science. He also attended graduate school at New York University and at Northeastern University. After marrying Nedra Cole in 1939, Eames started work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation the next year, working in counter-espionage during World War II. In 1960, Eames won an appointment as the first Director of the National Driver Register Service, and in 1969 was appointed Director of Accident Investigation and Data Analysis in the National Highway Safety Bureau of the Department of Transportation.

In 1970, Eames was called as president of the Washington DC Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was released 3 years later to serve as first counselor to President Edward E. Drury Jr. of the newly-constructed Washington DC Temple, retiring from government service at that time to serve full-time in the Temple. When Drury was released in 1978, Eames was called to succeed him, serving as temple president until 1983. Since his release, Eames has been a resident of Logan, Utah.

Wendell Geddes Eames
Salt Lake Tribune 12Mar01 P22


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