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.