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Obituary: Hugh Wallace Pinnock

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Hugh Wallace Pinnock, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away Friday, December 15, 2000 surrounded by loved ones after a brief battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 66 years old.

Elder Pinnock was born January 15, 1934, in Salt Lake City to Lawrence S. and Florence Boden Pinnock. He graduated from Granite High School where he was student-body president. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1958 with a business degree; he was class president in his freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and student-body president his senior year. He was a Sigma Chi fraternity member, was member of several honor societies. He served in the Finance Corps of the U.S. Army.

Elder Pinnock was a general agent for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company and was a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Elder Pinnock was active in public service. He was president of the Deseret Foundation of the LDS Hospital and was a committee chairman for the Chamber of Commerce. He served as a member of the Granite School District Board of Education and as a Trustee of Westminster College. He received honorary doctorate degrees from Westminster College and Salt Lake Community College. In 1968 he was chairman of Senator Wallace F. Bennett's re-election campaign.

Elder Pinnock served The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in numerous capacities, beginning as a full-time missionary in the Western States Mission where he was second counselor to the mission president. He was a stake high councilor, bishop, Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission president and Regional Representative. He served on various general Church committees, including chairman of the Hymnbook Committee. He also served as president of the General Sunday School on two occasions and as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.

In October 1977, Elder Pinnock was called to the First Quorum of Seventy. He served on the Church Curriculum Committee. From 1995 to 2000 he was president of Nauvoo Restoration, Inc, working to restore the section of the city founded by Mormon pioneers. During his tenure there, he presided over the 1997 re-enactment of the Mormon pioneer trek.

Elder Pinnock was known for his homespun stories, vigorous work ethic, and love of fishing. He was fondly known by his family as "The General."

He is survived by his wife, Anne; children: Lawrence (Tamara), Annette (David) Wells, Marcus (Jennifer), Jonathan (Laura), Nathan (Alison), and Andrea (Robert) Ferguson; 21 grandchildren; brother, Roger (Kathleen) and sister, Kathleen (Franklin) Johnson.

A viewing will be held Tuesday, December 19, from 5-7 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary at 3401 South Highland Drive. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 20, at 12 noon in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the LDS Church General Missionary Fund, American Lung Association (1930 South 1100 East, SLC 84106), or American Parkinson's Disease Association, (310 East 4500 South, SLC 84107).