Dwan J. Young

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Dwan J. Young
7th Primary General President
April 5, 1980 (1980-04-05) – 1988
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
Predecessor Naomi M. Shumway
Successor Michaelene P. Grassli
Personal details
Born Dwan Jacobsen
(1931-05-01) May 1, 1931 (age 87)
Education Bachelor of Education
Alma mater University of Utah
Spouse(s) Thomas Young, Jr
Children 5
Awards Silver Buffalo

Dwan Jacobsen Young (born May 1, 1931) was the seventh general president of the Primary organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1980 to 1988.


Dwan Jacobsen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from South High School (Salt Lake City) in 1948 and later graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Education. She married Thomas Young, Jr. and they are the parents of five children.

Young became a member of the Primary general board 1970. Ten years later, she was selected to succeed Naomi M. Shumway as the organization's general president. Young served in this capacity until 1988, when her second counselor, Michaelene P. Grassli, was chosen to succeed her. During Young's tenure, Primary changed from a weekday activity to one that was incorporated into the LDS Church's three-hour consolidated worship services.

Upon her release, Young accompanied her husband to Canada, where he served as president of the church's Canada Calgary Mission.

In 1990, Young was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America for her work to incorporate Cub Scouting into the LDS Church's Primary program.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Naomi M. Shumway
Primary General President
April 5, 1980 (1980-04-05) – 1988
Succeeded by
Michaelene P. Grassli