July 24, 2015

​Eldyn Karr, Long-Serving Voice of Prophecy Public Relations Director, Dead at 68

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Eldyn Karr, who served as Voice of Prophecy’s public relations director for 40 years until his retirement last December, has died at the age of 68.

Karr was known for his intellect and impeccable memory, but his love for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Voice of Prophecy, the church’s 85-year-old pioneer in religious broadcasting, will likely remain his most enduring legacy.

“Only eternity will reveal the full reach of Eldyn’s efforts,” said Shawn Boonstra, Voice of Prophecy’s speaker and director since 2013. “He worked with every speaker/director of the Voice of Prophecy, and really helped to shape this ministry. And most importantly, his efforts led others to Christ. We feel so grateful to have worked with him, and look forward to seeing him again on that great day of reunion.”

The Voice of Prophecy inaugurated Christian broadcasting in the United States and is regarded as the forerunner of international broadcasting for the Adventist Church. H.M.S. Richards founded the evangelistic ministry in 1929 in Los Angeles with the radio program “Tabernacle of the Air.”

Karr joined the Voice of Prophecy in 1974 as its public relations director, a position he held until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2014. He also served as writer and editor for the Voice of Prophecy News.

Karr was known for an ability to organize and remember the history of seemingly almost everything — especially the Voice of Prophecy, which he deeply loved. He kept personal and professional archives of the Voice of Prophecy spanning 40 years.

Eldyn L. Karr was born on Aug. 31, 1946, to Willard and Ella Austin Karr. He graduated in 1963 from Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania and went on to receive degrees in biology and religion from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Eldyn L. Karr died on Saturday, July 18, in Newbury Park, California. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Karr was a member of the Thousand Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church and regularly attended services at The Place Adventist Fellowship in Newbury Park. He enjoyed travel, was a professional photographer, and loved to read, family and friends said.

He is survived by an uncle, Perry Austin of Shinglehouse, and many cousins.

A memorial service is planned for Aug. 9, and Karr will be buried beside his mother and father in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Shinglehouse.

Well-wishers can leave condolences or share a fond memory at virgillhowardfuneralhome.com (the page will be up later this week) or on the Voice of Prophecy’s Facebook page.

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