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Hafen was raised in southern Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in the West German Mission. In 1964, he married Marie Kartchner and they are the parents of seven children.
Hafen received a bachelor’s degree in political science and humanities from Brigham Young University and a juris doctorate from the University of Utah.
Hafen then began his career at the law firm of Strong, Poelman and Fox. From 1971 to 1976, Hafen worked as an assistant to the president of BYU. While in this role, he started as a professor at BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1973. From 1976 to 1978, he worked for the LDS Church’s correlation department.
Hafen served as president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho from 1978 to 1985 and from 1985 to 1989 he was the dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. From 1989 to 1996, he was the Provost of BYU.
In 1996 Hafen was appointment as an LDS general authority to the First Quorum of the Seventy and served in a variety of assignments.
On October 2, 2010, Hafen was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and designated an emeritus general authority. He became president of the St. George Utah Temple in November 2010.
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