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In Memoriam: Dale Kilbourn

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 08, 2012

Dale Kilbourn, the artist whose images of Joseph Smith are some of the most familiar in our culture, and who illustrated so many of the Be Honest With Yourself cards posted at Keepa, has died. His daughter Diana Kilbourn Yates writes:

Just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know that my dad passed away today [Monday, May 7]. He had some surgery in December, but never fully recovered. He died quietly at home, surrounded by people who loved him. I want to thank you for the opportunity you gave me to write about him for your blog. He was so pleased with the comments from your readers.

We will miss him, but we know he is reunited with our mom, our sister, and with other family members.

I’ll link here to obituaries as they become available.

Thank you for sharing your father with us, Diana.


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  1. As a young boy growing up from Dale on Delsa Drive, I have often wondered about him and his family. He had such great talent. He was an interesting, eclectic man, who would sit in his 1962(?) Jaguar XKE at late hours warming it up, and then cruise who knows where, returning much later. I even had a few rides to school in that car, which was awesome. I always thought it was great to say that my neighbor did the Beneficial life artwork on the back covers of the old Improvement Era. He was truly a great talent.

    Comment by Paul H — May 8, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

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