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Carl W. Buehner Carl W. (William) Buehner

1898 - 1974
  • Born 1898 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Married Lucille Thurmon 1922; three children
  • Ordained High Priest 1935
  • Bishop, Stake President, Regional Representative
  • Second Counselor to Presiding Bishop 1952
  • Released 1961
  • Died 1974 Salt Lake City, Utah

     Elder Carl W. Buehner, formerly second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of the Church, died November 11, 1974, in Salt Lake City.

    He had served as counselor to Presiding Bishop Joseph L. Wirthlin from April 6, 1952, to September 30, 1961.

    Following his release from the Presiding Bishopric, he was called to serve as a member of the general superintendency of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association and later as a Regional Representative of the Twelve.

    The First Presidency issued the following tribute to Brother Buehner:

    “The Church has lost one of its noblemen and the State of Utah one of its leading citizens in the passing of Carl W. Buehner.

    “Brother Buehner influenced hundreds of thousands of lives for good through his leadership as a member of the Presiding Bishopric, the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association general superintendency, as a Regional Representative of the Twelve, stake president, and as president of the Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America.

    “He was a leader of great warmth, a man of the people, and a fearless defender of the faith. Few could match him as a speaker to youth, with his inspirational stories and his down-to-earth application of gospel principles.

    “Brother Buehner also distinguished himself as a successful businessman, community builder, and, most importantly, as a devoted husband and father.

    “We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Lucille, his loyal companion of many years, and to his family.”

    Brother Buehner was born December 27, 1898, in Stuttgart, Germany, a son of Carl F. and Anna Bertha Giegle Buehner. He moved to Salt Lake City with his family and attended public schools there. He later attended the Chicago Institute of Technology.

    He was actively involved in a number of family-owned businesses and was candidate for governor of Utah in 1968.

    Before his call to the Presiding Bishopric, Brother Buehner served as second counselor, first counselor, and bishop of the Forest Dale Ward and later as high councilor, second counselor, first counselor, and president of the Salt Lake Granite Stake. He also served as a member of the General Church Welfare Committee.

    For service to the youth of the Church he was named an Honorary Master M-Man and received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

    He was survived by his wife, one son, two daughters, 22 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

    Elder Buehner's widow, Lucille Thurman Buehner, followed him in death in 1983.

   "Carl W. Buehner Dies, Ending Life of Service," The Ensign, Jan. 1975 (principal source)
   2005 Church Almanac, p. 95

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