|Birth: ||Jun. 12, 1926|
|Death: ||Apr. 10, 1999|
Carlos was my 2nd Cousin.
Carlos Egan Asay, President of the Salt Lake LDS Temple and Emeritus General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 1999 at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah due to complications from a Severe Heart Attack. He was 72 years of age.
Born June 12, 1926, in Sutherland, Utah to Aaron Elias Lyle "A.E." and Elsie Egan Asay. He was reared in Monroe, Utah, and attended South Sevier High School. Upon graduation from high school, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his release from the military, he enrolled at the University of Utah where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. His boyhood dream of playing in Madison Square Garden was realized when the team won the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 1947.
He married his childhood sweetheart, the former Colleen
Webb of Monroe, Utah, on October 20, 1947, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
He served in the Palestine-Syrian Mission for the LDS Church from 1947-50, speaking the Armenian language. After returning from the mission field, he continued his education, receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, master's degree from Long Beach State College, and doctorate from the University of Utah.
Professionally, he was a teacher and administrator in public schools for several years prior to entering higher education. He was a professor of education at Brigham Young University and served as an assistant dean on BYU-Hawaii Campus. At the time of his call to be a General Authority, he was working as an assistant to the Presiding Bishopric of the Church.
He served as bishop of the South Cottonwood Sixth Ward, a member of the Sunday School general board, president of the Texas North Mission (1970-73), and Regional Representative. He was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1976, where he served until he received emeritus status in 1996. He served twice in the Presidency of the Seventy. He also was the Executive Director of the Correlation, Curriculum, and Missionary Departments; Area President of the Europe Area, and president of the International Mission. Since 1996 he and his wife, Colleen, have served as president and matron of the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
He considered his greatest achievements to be his family, involvement in missionary and temple work, daily exercising, writing of four books, and his beautiful gardens.
Funeral Services were conducted on Tuesday, April 13th 1999 at 12 Noon at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square under the direction of President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There was No Public Viewing held.
Carlos was buried after the Funeral Services in the Monroe City Cemetery in his beloved Sevier County, Utah.
LDS leader was temple president, served in Seventy Elder Carlos Asay dies at 72
Elder Carlos E. Asay, emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and president of the Salt Lake Temple, died Saturday, April 10, 1999, at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful. He was 72 years old.
Elder Asay had been hospitalized since Monday, April 5, after suffering a severe heart attack, said Mike Otterson, director of media relations for the LDS Church. He had presided over the temple since 1996. Prior to that call, he was serving as the senior member of the Presidency of the Seventy.
Asay is survived by his wife, Colleen, and their five sons and two daughters. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Elder Asay, a Wasatch Front educator, was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1976 and twice served in the presidency -- 1980-86 and 1989-1996. He received emeritus status at the October 1996 general conference.
Elder Asay also was president of the Europe Area from August 1986 through September 1989.
Other church assignments included executive director of the Correlation Department, executive director of the Curriculum Department and editor of the church magazines (1984-1986), executive director of the Missionary Department (1976-1984) and president of the International Mission (1979-1984) and president of the Texas North Mission (1970-1973). He also served on the Sunday School General Board.
He was a regional representative, as well as an assistant to the Presiding Bishopric prior to his call to the Seventy.
He was born Carlos Egan Asay on June 12, 1926, in Sutherland, Millard County, to A.E. Lyle Asay and Elsie Egan Asay. He was reared in Monroe and attended South Sevier High School.
Elder Asay received a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in 1953. He received a master's from Long Beach (Calif.) State in 1958 and a doctorate in education from the U. in 1967.
He was a four-year basketball letterman at the U. He was the sixth man on the Utes' 1947 National Invitational Tournament championship team, and, after his mission, lettered in the 1951, 1952 and 1953 seasons. He also had some professional baseball offers and received a trophy citing academic excellence by an athlete.
Elder Asay was a teacher, coach and administrator in public schools for several years before entering higher education. He was a professor of education at Brigham Young University and an assistant dean on the BYU-Hawaii campus.
Elder Asay was the first basketball coach at Olympus High.
Elder Asay married Colleen Webb in the Salt Lake Temple on Oct. 20, 1947. He served in the Army, 1942-44.
He was one of the first team of elders to open the Palestine and Syria mission, where he served from 1947-50.
Pres. Hinckley says he made all our lives richer Elder Asay remembered as an 'unusually good man'
Friends and family gathered Tuesday to celebrate the life of Elder Carlos E. Asay, calling him an "unusually good man" who touched thousands.
"All our lives are the richer for having known Carlos Asay," said President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Elder Asay died Saturday, April 10, days after suffering a severe heart attack. The emeritus general authority was serving as president of the Salt Lake Temple at the time of his passing. He was 72 years old.
During funeral services Tuesday at the Temple Square Assembly Hall, President Hinckley remembered his friend as a "great achiever" who left his rural Millard County beginnings to serve the church across the globe.
"(His) sacred ministry took him far and wide," President Hinckley said.
Elder Asay was an athlete "of the first magnitude," realizing what must have been a dream to play in the National Invitational Tournament in Madison Square Garden as a member of the 1947 University of Utah basketball team, President Hinckley said.
Later, Elder Asay distinguished himself as a scholar and servant of the Lord.
President Hinckley said he did not realize Elder Asay had earned a doctorate until reading his obituary.
"He never boasted."
Elder Asay's rich tenure of church service, President Hinckley added, was capped off serving in the Salt Lake Temple with his wife, Colleen. He possessed a strong testimony of the resurrection.
"Carlos Asay's testimony of the great eternal truth was as certain as the fact that I speak to you today," President Hinckley said.
President Boyd K. Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve, said it was difficult to think of either Elder Asay or Colleen without thinking of the other.
"They were a pair in everything," President Packer said.
Elder Asay, he added, was an example of strength and obedience who was always willing to answer a call or assignment.
President Packer marveled at Elder Asay's ability to instruct others. "Carlos was a superb teacher," he said.
Elder Dean L. Larsen, an emeritus general authority and president of the Provo Temple, called Elder Asay a wonderful and beloved husband, father, friend and brother -- an "unusually good man" who touched lives for good throughout the world.
After Tuesday's services Elder Asay was buried at the Monroe City Cemetery in Sevier County.
REST IN ETERNAL PEACE CARLOS. (bio by: Ryan Curtis)
Aaron Elias "Lyle" Asay (1894 - 1977)
Elsie Egan Asay (1897 - 1984)
Colleen Webb Asay (1927 - 2009)
Carlos Asay (1948 - 1948)*
Marselle Asay Hempel (1920 - 2003)*
Ellis Egan Asay (1923 - 1993)*
Fred Egan Asay (1925 - 2013)*
Carlos Egan Asay (1926 - 1999)
Val Egan Asay (1928 - 2009)*
Monroe City Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 38.63818, -112.11092
Created by: Keith
Record added: Mar 11, 2005
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