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Obituary: Kline Duncan Strong

Kline Duncan Strong

1927 ~ 2007

Kline Duncan Strong was born January 23, 1927, in Driggs, Idaho to Leon Marshall and Mabel Holmgren Strong. He was the second of four children. A brother Grant and a sister Helen Mar Lyman preceded him in death.He is survived by his sister Loralie (Paul) Stowell. On July 6, 1950 he married Suzanne Brinton in the Idaho Falls Temple. They have been married for 57 years and have three children, Richard (Jan), Gregory (Deena), and Debra Ann (Richard) Hutchison as well as 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Kline was raised in and around Sugar City, Idaho. He tried to impress upon his family that you've never really experienced work until you've hoed sugar beets.

He served his country in the Navy V12 program during World War II.

His professional education included a CPA/MBA from Northwestern University, a law degree from the University of Colorado and he was the first person to obtain a Ph.D in law office management. He was the author of several books and monographs on law office management and spoke round the world for the Economic Sections of the American and International Bar Associations. He was made a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management of the American Bar Association.

Kline had a lifelong love of music. He formed a dance band in High School, played the cornet in the drum and bugle corp in the Navy, led ward choirs, sang in quartets and was an opera and classical music lover. Over the course of his adult life, Kline has been an attorney, law professor, baseball coach, scoutmaster, handball and squash player, inventor and history buff. He was often planning the next trip, especially to Europe. Earlier in his life he served a mission for the LDS church to the Southern States and later in life a mission with Sue in the Europe Mediterranean Area office. In between were years of church service. He had various interests in life, but whatever the family was doing was number one at the time. He attended numerous games, plays, and performances of his grandchildren and he was their biggest fan.

Kline spent many hours in community service serving others less fortunate than himself. People admired him for his selfless example, his humor, wit and wisdom and his love for everyone regardless of background, religion or circumstances.

Kline is survived by his wife and all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We honor him as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of CareSource for their compassionate care of Kline during the last weeks of his life.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday October 30, 2007 at 12 noon at the Big Cottonwood 2nd Ward, 2054 E. Donelson Lane (5165 S.). A viewing will be held prior to the services from 10:45-11:45 a.m. There will also be a viewing Monday evening, Oct. 29th from 6-8 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Dr. Interment will be at the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LDS Humanitarian Services or the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.