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O. Leslie Stone O. (Oscar) Leslie Stone

1903 - 1986

  • Born 1903 at Chapin Idaho
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Married Dorothy    ?   ; four sons
  • Bishop, Stake President, Regional Representative, President of Salt Lake Temple
  • Assistant to the Twelve 1972-1976
  • First Quorum of the Seventy 1976-1980
  • Named Emeritus General Authority 1980
  • Died 1986

Adapted from The Ensign, July, 1986, p.44 and from other sources.
    Of Elder O. Leslie Stone, a grandchild once said, “His first initial O really stands for Oscar, but we have said as a family that it stands for organization.”

    This flair for gathering the facts, then making informed decisions, aided Elder Stone in his business life. As a young man he joined with his father and a brother in opening a chain of grocery stores. After the chain was sold, he went to work for M. B. Skaggs, becoming executive vice-president in what was to become Safeway Stores. Eventually, he and Skaggs formed a wholesale merchandising firm.

    Elder Stone was born May 28, 1903 at Chapin, Idaho to Frank J. Stone and Mable Crandall.

    Elder Stone served as a bishop, a stake president, and a regional representative. He also served as president of the Salt Lake Temple. On October 6, 1972, he was called to be an Assistant to the Twelve Apostles. When the First Quorum of the Seventy was organized October 1, 1976, he was one of the original members. He was named an emeritus member of the Quorum October 4, 1980 after serving several years as executive director of the Temple Department.

    Elder Stone’s wife, Dorothy, preceded him in death in September of 1985. They had four sons, two of whom outlived him.

    He died of natural causes Saturday, April 26, 1986 shortly after 1:00 A.M. at his Salt Lake City home. Elder Stone had been in failing health several years before his death.

    “News of the Church: Elder O. Leslie Stone Eulogized,” Ensign, June 1986, p.72
    “News of the Church,” Ensign, Dec. 1972, p.82
    “The Sustaining of Church Officers,” Ensign, Nov. 1976, p.10
    “The Sustaining of Church Officers,” Ensign, Nov. 1980, p.19
    2005 Church Almanac, 80

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