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Elder David M. Bodily
David died of brain cancer on Sunday, April 10, 2008. We didn’t know David well. Eight years my senior, he served in Japan before I did when missions were three years long. He and his wife came to some of our senior missionary dinners while we served in Tokyo from 2005-06. Once we visited their apartment in Nakano for dinner.
What strikes me now is that I never knew David had his Ph.D. from Cornell University, that he was a professor at the University of Utah for 30 years, that he served as Chair of the Fuels Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments and as Associate Dean of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences, and that he had many academic publications. How did I miss knowing this?
I didn’t know because he didn’t tell me. Instead, he served humbly and without fanfare with his lovely wife as the office couple on two different missions in Japan. We knew him when they were serving in their last mission at the Tokyo North Mission headquarters. When they finished their mission, he was 72. He became ill shortly after they returned home to Utah. He died at age 74, having spent the last years of his life in the same service he loved and remembered from his youth in Japan some 50 years ago. What an example to all of us. I am grateful to them for their wonderful service. I salute him and thank his wife, BethAlene, for serving with him in Japan so happily.
At the home of the Bodilys in Nakano-ku, Tokyo, Japan just before the Bodilys returned to the United States. Elder David Bodily is on the far right, Sister BethAlene Bodily is sitting at the table on the left. Elder and Sister Snow are standing on the left. Elder and Sister Korth are in the middle. The other two are Sister Fillmore and me.