Earl M. Monson, American Mormon elder, Died at 84


Earl Merrill Monson was born on July 26, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah and died on May 17, 2017.

He was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1998 to 2002.

Monson was a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy.

Himself and his wife, Ortencia H. Merrill.

Monson was raised in that city, where he learned to play the violin and was in multiple orchestras conducted by Frank W. Asper.

He attended the University of Utah, where he met his wife, Donna Mae Hill.

Following their marriage in the Salt Lake Temple in 1954, Monson joined the United States Army.

Later, Earl earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.

He was a civil engineer, and from 1962 he worked full-time for the LDS Church as a structural engineer.

During 1982, Monson became the head of the church’s Temple and Special Projects Division and was closely connected with building many temples in the 1980s.

Before his calling as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, Monson had served as a bishop and a stake president.

Monson lived most of his adult life in Kearns, Utah, but in the early 1990s moved to Sandy, Utah.

Himself and his wife, Donna, are the parents of five children.

Earl M. Monson passed away at 84 years old