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Thomas E. McKay Thomas E. (Evans) McKay


1875 - 1958


  • Born 1875 Huntsville, Utah
  • Baptized 1883
  • Mission to Switzerland and Germany 1900
  • Ordained High Priest 1908
  • Mission President- Switzerland and Germany 1909-1912
  • Married Faun Brimhall 1912; three children
  • Assistant to the Twelve 1941-1958
  • Died January 15, 1958 Salt Lake City, Utah

    This biographical sketch adapted primarily from the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia of Mormonism.
     Thomas Evans McKay, Assistant to the Twelve, President of the Swiss and German Mission, and president of the Ogden Stake, Weber county, Utah, was born Oct. 29, 1875, in Huntsville, Weber county, Utah, the son of David McKay and Jennette Evans and brother of President David O. McKay. He was raised and schooled in Huntsville and graduated from the University of Utah in 1899.

    After being baptized by his father Oct. 23, 1883, he was ordained successively to the offices of Deacon, Teacher, Priest, Elder and Seventy. He labored on the Weber Stake Sunday School Board, together with Supt. Thomas B. Evans, and in 1900 he filled a mission to Switzerland and Germany. After laboring in Stuttgart three months and in Munich three months, he presided over the Frankfort conference thirty months.

    Before going on his mission he was principal of the Pingree School in Ogden, and after his return to Utah he taught two years in the Weber Academy; later he taught two years in the Agricultural College, after which he served as superintendent of the Weber county schools.

    When the original Weber Stake was divided into three Stakes in 1908, Elder McKay was ordained a High Priest by Elder George F. Richards on July 26, 1908 and chosen to act as second counselor to President Thomas B. Evans. In 1909-1912 he filled a second mission to Europe, this time presiding over the Swiss and German Mission, with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. After returning from that mission he again acted as second counselor to Pres. Evans of the Ogden Stake and later as first counselor, and when President Evans died in March, 1919, Bro. McKay was chosen as president of the Ogden Stake.

    President McKay [was] also active in secular matters and has held many positions of honor and responsibility. Thus he served for some time as recorder of Weber county and in 1919 he represented Weber county in the Utah State legislature.

    In 1912 (Sept. 11th) Brother McKay married Faun Brimhall, daughter of Geo. H. Brimhall and Flora Robertson. Mrs. McKay was born May 16, 1889, in Spanish Fork, Utah. Three children blessed this marriage, namely, Flora Jennette, Faun and Thomas B.

    Pres. McKay [was] a farmer and stock raiser.

    Elder McKay was one of the original five men who were called to serve as an Assistant to the Twelve when that position was created in 1941 being sustained April 6, 1941 and set apart May 23, 1941 by President Heber J. Grant. He served in that calling until his death January 15, 1958 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of eighty-two.


Bibliography
    Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p.682 (principal source)
    Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 1
    2005 Church Almanac, p.74

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