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Charles W. Penrose - A Tribute By his Son, Frank W. Penrose



In the passing from this stage of existence of my beloved and loving father, President Charles W. Penrose, I feel that I, and all of his kin, have sustained a great and irreparable loss. The taking away of this kindly spirit who was our companion, comrade, counselor and friend is, for the time being, like taking away a part of our very lives. Because of my close and intimate companionship with him I feel that my knowledge of his characteristics and of the spirit that shone through his long life is quite complete and what I say I speak from the heart, fully realizing the utter inadequacy of words to express my appreciation of his wonderful life. A life that was, during every minute of seventy-five years, spent in the Master’s service and which was, through sun and storm, ever on the firing line of eternal truth.

At every step of his career there are abundant evidences of divine inspiration and guidance. It was the Divine Spirit burning within him that led him to forsake home, kindred, friends, and native land. It was the spirit of truth that ruled his life, sustained him, cheered him, advanced him. As a Latter Day Saint, he put on full armor and never laid it down. To every precept he was true as steel and was one of the faith’s most eloquent expounders. President Joseph F. Smith said of him, when speaking at a birthday in 1912, “No prophet, ancient or modern, knew so much of the gospel of Jesus Christ as Charles W. Penrose. The beautiful spirit of Christ shone out through all his acts, and in his dealing with human kind. The keynote of his life was expressed by Paul, which he often quoted, “All things work together for the good of them that love the Lord.”

As a father he was gentle, tender, just and true. Any child or grandchild might go to him at any time with full confidence, and no matter what the business or the cares, not one ever went away uncomforted, always feeling that it would be good to linger longer in his presence.

As a man he was four square to all the world, and, to my eyes, without sport or blemish--always noble and exemplary. He dealt justly with all men; he sided with the poor, the weak, and sometimes with the fallen. He was tolerant, broad-minded and liberal. He was generous to a fault and believed sincerely in the idea expressed in a line of one of his hymns, “hear defense before deciding.”

To me and to all his kin, he was absolutely everything that it is possible for one man to be to another of his kind in the filial bond. There is a great lonely void where he dwelt, and we shall wait in vain throughout the years of mortality to see it filled.

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