LDS Church Emeritus General Authority Dies

LDS Church Emeritus General Authority Dies

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Robert Leatham Simpson, an emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has died at 87.

Simpson died Tuesday at his home in St. George, the church said.

Simpson, an Air Force captain in World War II, began his service as a general authority in 1961 when he was named a first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.

In 1972, was made an assistant to the Council of the Twelve Apostles and during that three-year period was managing director of the church's social services agency and associate managing director of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA.

He held various supervisory mission posts from 1975 to 1978, after which he became a managing director of the church's correlation department, an area supervisor for the Salt Lake City area and a managing director of the missionary department.

He and his wife served as president and matron of the Los Angeles Temple until 1982, at which time he was appointed executive administrator for the Southeast Asia Philippines Area.

He was named an emeritus general authority in 1989. Funeral services will be Saturday at the Green Valley stake center.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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