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Carlos E. Asay Carlos Egan Asay

1926 - 1999
  • Born 1926 Sutherland, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizwswk Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to Palestine and Syria 1947-1950
  • Married Colleen Webb; seven children
  • Bishop, High Councilor, Regional Representative, Sunday School General Board
  • President of the Texas North Mission and the International Mission
  • First Quorum of the Seventy 1976-1996
  • Presidency of the Seventy 1980-1986 and again 1989-1996
  • Named Emeritus General Authority 1996
  • President of the Salt Lake Temple 1996-1999
  • Died April 10, 1999, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Interviewed by The Ensign shortly after his call to the First Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Carlos Asay declared, "I was born in Sutherland, but I grew up in Monroe, "in explaining his pride for his Utah heritage.

    He remembered that he always “had a love of the Church. I enjoyed sacrament meetings as a boy, particularly the reports of the missionaries and the singing of the choirs.”

    This love of the Church motivated him to postpone his athletic career at the University of Utah to become one of the first team of elders sent to open the Palestine and Syria mission where he served from 1947-50. That love continued through his additional Church service: as Regional Representative of the Council of Twelve, president of the Texas North Mission, member of the Sunday School General Board, high councilor in two different stakes, and bishop for five years of the South Cottonwood Sixth Ward. "My callings as bishop and as mission president were the most satisfying, I believe," he said. "They brought me in contact with the youth and produced associations that I'm sure will endure for eternity."

    Elder Asay married Colleen Webb, whom he praised as "the sweetest person on earth," adding, "she's very talented." The Asays became the parents of seven children, five sons and two daughters.

    “Family” was a concept that extended beyond his own wife and children, largely because of his parents, Brother and Sister A. E. Lyle Asay of Provo. “My mother and father are stalwarts. When we six children married, some of us moved away from Utah; but when my parents retired from school teaching and moved to Provo to be near the temple, it seemed that all of us had business that brought us back," and soon they all lived in either Provo or Orem.” On Fast Sundays, the extended family, numbering upwards of thirty-five would meet for "a precious experience," a short family home evening. "It's short," he explained, "never over an hour, well-planned with something for the little ones too, with lots of variety and light refreshments. We're building a beautiful thing."

    As a General Authority Elder Asay traveled the world on numerous assignments. After serving in the First Quorum of the Seventy for a period of four years, he was called into the Presidency of the Seventy on April 5, 1980. Released on August 15, 1986, he remained a member of the First Quorum and was again called into the Presidency. This second term he served from October 1, 1989 to August 15, 1996.

    Elder Asay was called to serve as President of the Salt Lake Temple in 1996, the public announcement being made on June 22. He was granted emeritus status from the First Quorum of the Seventy on October 5, 1996.

    On April 10, 1999, while still serving as Temple President, and following a massive acute myocardial infarct (heart attack), Elder Carlos Asay died. His funeral was held in the Assembly Hall just a short distance from his beloved temple.

    Colleen Webb Asay, age 81, widow of Elder Carlos E. Asay, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at her home in Bountiful, Utah.

    The Ensign; May 1976; "News of the Church: Elder Carlos E. Asay of the First Quorum of the Seventy"
    The LDS Church News; June 22, 1996; "New Temple Presidents"
    The LDS Church News; April 17, 1999; "Elder Asay eulogized for lifetime of service"
    1999-2000 Church Almanac; p.71

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