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Condolences on the death of Elder Jeffrey Flint 04 Apr 2003
Dear Russia St. Petersburg Returned Missionaries:

It is with great sorrow that we receive the news of the passing of Elder Jeffrey Flint, who served in the Russia St. Petersburg Mission from 1992-1994. Jeff apparently died of a heart attack this past Sunday, 3/30/03. He leaves behind his wife Inga and three children. Jeff was active in international business and traveled to Russia numerous times after his mission. He will be missed by all.

Condolences may be sent to

Inga Flint
425 Western Street
Hoffman Estates, IL 60194
Tel. 847-882-2223

I hope all is well with you. Below is the obituary from the Chicago Tribune dated 3 April 2003.

David Stewart,1,2561504.story

Business analyst, ex-missionary

By Tiffany Ray
Special to the Tribune
Published April 3, 2003

As a missionary, consular assistant in Russia or in his most recent position as director of operations for a competitive intelligence firm, Jeffrey A. Flint poured boundless energy into everything he did, said colleagues and family.

At age 30 he was already a father figure for many at Proactive Worldwide Inc., said Gary Maag, chief executive officer of the Rolling Meadows company.

"People looked up to him, viewed him as a mentor, somebody to emulate," Maag said. He was "always there to help give some guidance, always there to listen. He left a big imprint within the organization."

Mr. Flint, 30, died of a heart attack Sunday, March 30, in his Hoffman Estates home.

Born and raised in Arcadia, Calif., Mr. Flint graduated from Arcadia High School in 1990. After two years of study at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he sang in a Russian choir, he traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"He was thrilled to get called to Russia," said his father, Richard.

Though Mr. Flint brought his father's wool herringbone coat for the cold climate, he soon gave it away to someone who needed it.

"That was his nature," his father said. "He seemed to have a particular affinity for the poor, elderly Russians. He extended himself to them, and they responded."

Two years later Mr. Flint returned to Brigham Young but again put his education on hold when he was recruited by United Way International to develop service programs in Naryan-Mar, Russia.

He spent 15 months in the remote northern region and began an exchange program for Russian and American nurses, among other programs. He also met Inga, his wife since 1997.

He returned to Provo and completed dual bachelor's degrees in communications and Russian in December 1996.

He went on to work as a consular assistant in the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg, working with visas and assisting international criminal investigations.

He returned to the U.S. in 1998 to study international management at Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, in Glendale, Ariz. He received a master's degree the following year and soon after began his career at Proactive.

Maag said he was immediately impressed by Mr. Flint's "ability to walk through the door and hit the ground running, knowing what needed to be done."

Mr. Flint started as an analyst, compiling hard-to-get data on the marketplace or competition for client companies. He quickly worked his way up the ladder to overseeing the work of other analysts.

"He really worked hard," his father said. "He spent long hours at it but he loved it."

He also taught competitive intelligence courses with Maag at Dominican University in River Forest.

"He was really a dynamic individual," Maag said. "He was definitely a person with great equanimity ... kind of the rudder that gave that steadfast consistency and direction."

Other survivors, besides his wife and father, include two daughters, Ilona and Alina; a son, Richard; his mother, Phyllis; two brothers, Randall and Christopher; and his grandparents, LeRoy and Helen Gravell.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1320 W. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg.
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