Skip to main content

Done, Willard, 1865-1931



  • Existence: 1865-1931

Biographical History

Willard Done (1865-1931) was a teacher and academic administrator in Utah.

Willard Done was born on December 10, 1865 in Moroni, Utah to John Done and Sarah Barker, and grew up in Payson, Utah. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Done attended Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah. While a student he was active in the Polysophical Society, and served as an assistant to James E. Talmage during the 1877-1878 school year.

After graduating with a normal degree in 1883, Done joined the Academy faculty as head of the Primary and Preparatory departments, where he served from 1884 to 1886. During this time, Done also supervised the Academy Boarding House and acted as the school's librarian. In December 1885, Done married Sarah A. Forbes, and together they had ten children.

In 1886, Karl G. Maeser selected Done to help establish the Salt Lake Stake Academy. Done moved to Salt Lake, where he served as the institution's first teacher and functioning principal. In 1892, after completing a bachelor's degree in didactics, Done became the principal of what was then called the Latter-day Saints' College (LDS College). He resigned in 1899 and briefly joined the faculty of Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah.

After the 1899-1900 school year, Done returned to teach in Salt Lake City. During this time he also served as secretary to the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1902 he was also elected to the Utah House of Representatives.

By 1920, Done had left the teaching profession to become an insurance agent. Between 1925 and 1926 he also served as a missionary in the Western States Mission. He passed away on January 10, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Familysearch, via WWW, Jan. 10, 2019 (Willard Done; b. Dec. 10, 1865 in Moroni, Utah; parents: John Done and Sarah Barker; baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sept. 1874; m. Dec. 23, 1885 in Logan, Utah to Sarah A. Forbes, ten children; d. Jan. 10, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah), via WWW, Jan. 10, 2019 (Willard Done; raised in Payson, Utah to farming family; 1900, theology teacher in Logan, Utah; 1910, school teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah; 1920, insurance agent in Berkeley, Calif.; 1930, insurance agent in Salt Lake City, Utah)

Closing the church university in 1894: p. 118 (Willard Done replaced James E. Talmage as principal of LDS College, 1892) p. 191 (became secretary to the General Board of Education)

Brigham Young University, 1976: p. 90 (Done left Brigham Young Academy in 1886) p. 100 (Done was in charge of the Primary and Preparatory departments, 1884-1886) p. 109 (Done served as an assistant to James E. Talmage in the Polysophical Society, 1877-1878) p. 114 (Done supervised the Academy Boarding House, 1884-1886)

Brigham Young University, 1975: vol. 1 p. 147 (Willard Done left Provo for Salt Lake Academy, 1887)

Find-a-Grave, via WWW, Jan. 10, 2019: Joshua Hughes Paul (Willard Done became president of faculty at LDS College, 1895; resigned in 1899)

Early Mormon missionaries, via WWW, Jan. 10, 2019 (Willard Done; missionary to the Western States Mission, 1925-1926)

History of the LDS Business College and its parent institutions, 1995: p. 55 (Willard Done; received a normal certificate) p. 56 (graduated from Brigham Young Academy in 1883; received Bachelor of Didactics degree by 1891) p. 66 (Willard Done, acting principal, 1886-1888; James E. Talmage, president, 1888-1892; Willard Done, president, 1892-1899) p. 71 (taught at Brigham Young College, 1899-1900; General Board of the YMMIA, 1898-1917; member of Utah House of Representatives, 1902- )

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Catalogue of Brigham Young Academy library

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 215
Scope and Contents Catalog with an inventory list of the library's books divided by subject. List produced by Willard Done in August 1886.
Dates: 1886 August

Willard Done notebook

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1026
Scope and Contents Holographic study notes from courses taken at Brigham Young Academy in 1884 and in 1890. These materials came from chemistry, geology, logic, and Latin classes. Some of the notes were taken in Pitman shorthand.
Dates: 1884-1890

Life of Joseph Barlow Forbes

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3305
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a typed biography of Joseph Barlow Forbes. Joseph was born in Maine in 1840 and died in Goshen, Idaho, in 1927. He served in the American Civil War (1861-1865) and migrated to Utah where he lived in American Fork for nearly the remainder of his life. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, married, had 27 children, and worked as a teacher.
Dates: 1930