Joel LeBaron
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Joel Franklin LeBaron (1923 - 1972)

Joel Franklin LeBaron
Born in La Verkin, Washington, Utah, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 12 Nov 1951 [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexicomap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Apr 2015
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LeBaron was born in La Verkin, Utah, the eighth of 13 children. Joel was baptized into the LDS Church in 1931 in Colonia Juárez,Chihuahua, Mexico, where. the LeBarons had moved when Joel was an infant. Soon after Joel was born on 9 Jul 1923, his parents Dayer LeBaron and Maud McDonald, were excommunicated from the Latter Day Saints Church, which was foundational to their family history.

In 1955, Joel LeBaron and two of his brothers established the Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times in Salt Lake City, Utah with Joel as President of the Church. Upon returning to northern Mexico, their parents and most of the members of the LeBaron family joined the new church. In 1967, Joel's brother Ervil LeBaron was removed from leadership in the church when he began to preach that he, and not Joel, was the proper leader of the church.

In 1972, Ervil LeBaron established the rival Church of the Lamb of God and began teaching his followers that in accordance with the doctrine of blood atonement, Joel had to be executed for his sins. On 20 August 1972, in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, one of Ervil's followers Daniel Jordan (who was married to one of their nieces) shot Joel LeBaron in the head while Joel's young son was asleep in a car in the driveway. [1]Ervil was tried and convicted in Mexico for Joel's murder, but the conviction was overturned. Ervil LeBaron was eventually convicted in Utah for ordering the killing of rival Mormon fundamentalist leader Rulon C. Allred. Joel LeBaron was succeeded as president of the church by his brother Verlan.

Joel is buried in Colonia Juarez, Mexico. [2]


  1. Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974 NameJoel Franklin LeBarchAge49Birth Dateabt 1923Death Date20 Aug 1972Death PlaceMexicoFatherDayer LeBarchMotherMaura De LeBaron
  2. Mexico, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current NameJoel F LeBaronBirth Date9 Jul 1923Death Date20 Aug 1972CemeteryPanteon Municipal #02Burial or Cremation PlaceColonia Juarez, Casas Grandes Municipality, Chihuahua, MexicoHas Bio?NFatherAlma Dayer LeBaronMotherMaud Lucinda LeBaronURL
  • Head of the breakaway Mormon polygamist sect known as "Church of Firstborn of the Fulness of Times"
  • Joel was murdered by one of his brother Ervil's followers, Daniel Jordan. Ervil LeBaron was convicted for the murder but the conviction was overturned.
  • Chihuahua, Mexico, Civil Registration Births, 1861-1947Name: Jol Franklin Le Baron Gender: Hombre (Male) Birth Date: 9 jul. 1939 Birth Registration Place: Colonia Juárez, Chihuahua, México (Mexico) Registration Date: 28 sep. 1939 Father: Alma Dayer Le Baron Mother: Maud Lucinda Mc Donald Page Number: 113
  • Lyle O. Wright (1963). "Origins and Development of the Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times." (M.S. thesis: Brigham Young University)
  • Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 27 November 2019), memorial page for Joel F LeBaron (9 Jul 1923–20 Aug 1972), Find A Grave: Memorial #141324237, citing Panteon Municipal #02, Colonia Juarez, Casas Grandes Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico ; Maintained by BillGransee (contributor 47643549) .

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LeBaron-660 and LeBaron-364 appear to represent the same person because: didn't match, accidental duplicate
posted by Nathan Kennedy
Spouse: Soto_Gaytan-1
posted by Robin Rainford

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