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FORMER REGIONAL OFFICIAL OF LDS CHURCH DIES AT 69

Edward Yukio Okazaki, 69, a former regional representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Friday, March 20, 1992.

His wife, Chieko N. Okazaki, is first counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency of the church.Mr. Okazaki received the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for gallantry above and beyond the call of duty during World War II. He was a soldier in the 442nd Infantry Combat Team, the most decorated Allied unit during the war and was wounded in France during the rescue of the 36th Texas Division (the "Lost Battalion").

He worked for the Red Cross and Veterans Administration Hospital, and was the first director of the Utah State Commission on Aging. Mr. Okazaki also served in numerous social service capacities in Colorado.

Mr. Okazaki served as president of the Japan Okinawa and Japan Central LDS missions and as a regional representative to Japan and Taiwan.

Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday, March 24, in the Salt Lake Wasatch Stake Center, 8170 S. Shorthills Dr. (3425 East) Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 E. 1300 South, and at the church one hour prior to services Tuesday. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Estates in Sandy.