By living nearly 98 years, Elder David B. Haight became the oldest apostle in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Such longevity, though, was hardly his only claim to fame. Rather, it provided the exclamation point to an extraordinary service-filled life – richly seasoned with kindness - as a businessman, public servant and inspiring religious leader.
His death Saturday morning of causes incident to age leaves an enormous void in the Church’s leadership ranks: a void compounded, of course, by the passing ten days earlier of Elder Neal A. Maxwell.
By the time he was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at age 69, Elder Haight had already reared an exemplary family, run a successful business and served as the Mayor of Palo Alto, California. For someone at his stage in life, retirement seemed the more common destiny. Yet, he set out to fill his apostolic assignment with vigor. For nearly 29 years, he traveled the world, giving powerful voice to his deeply held beliefs and sharing his practical, common sense approach to life.
To his beloved Ruby, his wife of nearly 74 years, and his vast family, KSL offers condolences as well as heartfelt expressions of gratitude for sharing this most remarkable man with people worldwide for so many eventful years.