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Donald Barton, U. language professor, dies at 81

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Donald K. Barton, professor of languages and literature at the University of Utah for the past 50 years, is dead at the age of 81.

Mr. Barton served as honorary French consul for the state of Utah for 10 years and was recently recognized by the U. for his 50 years of distinguished service.Mr. Barton was born in Ephraim in 1915. He attended Snow College in Ephraim where he met and latter married Erma Allred. The couple had four children.

After earning an associate's degree from Snow College in 1934, Mr. Barton served an LDS mission in Belgium, France and Switzerland. He earned an associate's degree from the Sorbonne in Paris, a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and his doctorate in Spanish from the University of Iowa.

Mr. Barton began teaching in the department of languages and literature at the University of Utah in 1946.

Beginning in 1967 Mr. Barton lead study-abroad tours in Europe. This summer he lead a study-abroad tour of 55 U. students in France and Switzerland.

Mr. Barton also served as an LDS bishop, in an LDS stake presidency, and as an LDS mission president in Belgium for three years.

He died peacefully at home on Aug. 24.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Aug. 29, at noon at the LDS East Millcreek 9th Ward chapel, 3750 S. Hillside Lane (2600 East).