David M. Kennedy was eulogized Monday by President Gordon B. Hinckley as a negotiator, a peacemaker, a "man for all seasons and a man for all people."
The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was among speakers at funeral services for the former U.S. secretary of the Treasury, banker and LDS Church official.Mr. Kennedy, who was born in Randolph, Rich County, and went on to fill many major callings in banking circles, in government and church service, died May 1 at age 90 in his Salt Lake home. Services were held in the Mount Olympus 4th Ward chapel.
President James E. Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency; a daughter, Patricia Campbell; and Bishop Boyd Peterson also addressed the service. A group of Mr. Kennedy's grandchildren provided two musical selections.
In his address, President Hinckley told of Mr. Kennedy's humble beginnings of growing up in rural northeastern Utah and of later being "welcomed by the great and famous, the rulers of nations who respected him and called him by his first name. Men everywhere were his friends."
Mr. Kennedy was secretary of the Treasury in the Nixon administration, was a successful Chicago banker, served as U.S. ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and went on to also serve as an ambassador for the First Presidency of the church. He said in a Church News interview last year that that was his most important job.
Funeral speakers also recalled his devotion and attentiveness to his family and to many other callings, including service as a missionary in Britain, bishop, a counselor in a stake presidency and home teacher.
"Underlying all of his nature was a sublime and quiet and marvelous faith in the living God. There was no doubt about it in his mind . . . ," President Hinckley said.
In his talk, President Faust recalled his association with Mr. Kennedy and singled out his many accomplishments, saying any one of them would "have been enough to single out any man for greatness."
But he said his foremost accomplishment was that he was a "loving husband and father and grandfather. Second, he was a humble, loyal, faithful, tried and true servant of God. Third, he was a true patriot to his country. Fourth, he was a citizen of the world."
President Faust told of Mr. Kennedy's support to his parents and of his love and devotion to his wife and family. Mr. Kennedy and his wife, Lenora, were married in the Salt Lake Temple in November 1925, just two months before he left to serve in the British Mission.
Mrs. Kennedy died last August. Barbara Law, a daughter, said last week that the family was happy their parents were together again.