Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 23, 2012
Duane Jakins



Duane Jakins, age 75, of Springville, passed away on Feb. 19. He was born on a gold mine near Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 31, 1936 to Richard Bradfield Jakins and Eileen Vivienne Vice. Duane was sixth generation South African; his family were some of the original British settlers there. Duane Jakins obit 2-23-12He married Merril Thomson, whom he met when she was sixteen. They were married on Dec. 16, 1960, and were later sealed in the London England Temple. Duane was a King Scout, with his scouting certificate signed by King George VI. He served in the South African Army, where he commanded the Natal Field Artillery and later served as a staff officer in the South African Defense Headquarters. He retired as a Colonel in 1990 when his family emigrated to the United States. Duane was valiant in his testimony of Jesus Christ. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he served in various capacities including home teacher, temple ordinance worker, elder’s quorum president, branch president, district president, stake high councilor, stake mission president, counselor in the mission presidency and stake president. Duane was a man of unquestionable integrity, quick wit and grateful spirit. He touched the lives of many because he cared. Duane was preceded in death by his son, Dean, and is survived by his wife, Merril, five children, Brent, Darrell, Glenn, Clarissa and Bronwyn, their spouses, and 25 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 24 in the LDS chapel located at 996 W. Center Street, Springville. A public viewing will be held at the same location from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at


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