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Elder L. Tom Perry

Salt Lake City — 

Elder L. Tom Perry was called to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 6, 1974, after serving as an Assistant to the Twelve since 1972.

Elder Perry’s Church service began with a mission to the Northern States in 1942, after which he served for two years with the Marines in the Pacific. Subsequent Church positions include counselor in a bishopric in Lewiston, Idaho; counselor in a stake presidency in Sacramento, California; high councilor in the New York Stake; and president of the Boston Stake.

He was born August 5, 1922, in Logan, Utah, to Leslie Thomas and Nora Sonne Perry. He received his B.S. degree in finance from Utah State University in 1949 and did graduate work there. His professional career was spent in the retail business, where he served as vice president and treasurer in companies located in Idaho, California, New York, and Massachusetts.

On July 18, 1947, he married Virginia Lee of Hyde Park, Utah, in the Logan Temple. She died December 14, 1974. They are the parents of two daughters and a son.

He married Barbara Taylor Dayton on April 28, 1976, in the Salt Lake Temple.

In April 2015, Elder Perry was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Despite early treatments, the cancer spread aggressively to his lungs and beyond. Elder Perry died at his home, surrounded by family on May 30, 2015. He was 92 years old.

To learn more about his service and ministry, visit MormonNewsroom.org.

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