Barton David Lynn

June 4, 1933 – Sept. 3, 2023

Barton David Lynn, 90, passed away peacefully Sept. 3, 2023, of causes incident to age.

Bart was born on June 4, 1933, near Deaver to Ervin and Clea Harriet Davis Lynn. His family soon moved to Lovell, where Bart spent his formative years. He graduated from Lovell High School in 1951 and enrolled at Brigham Young University in early 1952. 

In 1954, Bart interrupted his college coursework to enlist in the U.S. Air Force Aviation Cadet program, which led to a distinguished and decorated 22-year career as an officer and fighter pilot. His wartime service included 95 combat missions over Vietnam as a U.S. Navy exchange pilot aboard the USS Oriskany and a year in Thailand as a flight instructor to Cambodian and Laotian military pilots.

Bart married Lynne Croft in the Salt Lake Temple on Nov. 20, 1959, with Elder Spencer W. Kimball officiating. They were a talented, complementary couple, who provided a nurturing home environment for their six children from California to Iceland and from Virginia to Alaska, with many posts in between. Following Bart’s 1976 military retirement as a lieutenant colonel, the family settled in Orem.

With a bachelor’s degree from BYU in University Studies already in hand (1974), Bart turned his post-retirement attention to pursuing an associate degree in drafting technology from Utah Technical College (1981), which led to another 22-year career as an instructor and professor at what would become Utah Valley University. Bart was a patient, dedicated educator who always went the extra mile to help his students succeed. His positive impact was recognized with an Alumni Outstanding Educator of the Year Award in 1999 for the School of Technology, Trades and Industry.

Bart was a man of unwavering integrity. He was also a gifted artist, photographer, gardener and craftsman, who was capable of creating, designing, building and repairing almost anything. His painstaking precision made every project a well-planned, well-executed masterpiece. 

Bart’s understated, self-deprecating humor was always delivered with a twinkle in his eyes. Lynn family gatherings are characterized by laughter, and Bart had a great deal to do with that.

As a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bart’s approach to Christian discipleship was a ministry away from the spotlight. He faithfully magnified countless church callings and assignments (including service as Lynne’s unofficial Compassionate Service Assistant during her callings as Relief Society President) and quietly observed and addressed the needs of those around him. 

His most important work was the work he did within his own family. He is beloved by the young and not-so-young family members he blessed throughout his life. This world is a better place because Barton David Lynn helped make it so.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; parents-in-law Thomas and Elna Croft; siblings Marjorie Glenn and Bob Lynn; sisters-in-law Jean Anderson, Myrtle Lynn and Helen Peters; brothers-in-law James Anderson, Richard Croft, Avery Glenn, J. Rex Kocherhans, Manfred Nelson and August “Pete” Peters; and grandson Maxwell Rasmussen.

Bart is survived by his children, Kimball (Pam), Lisa (Bob) Hess, Shawn, Amy (Sam) Andrus, Jennifer Rasmussen and Christopher (Maria); 20 grandchildren; soon-to-be 13 great-
grandchildren; brother Dennis Lynn; and sisters-in-law Deana Croft, Mary Kocherhans and Carol Nelson. 

Funeral services were held on September 16 in Orem with interment in the Orem City Cemetery.