Carlos E. Asay

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Carlos E. Asay was an emeritus general authority, having served in the First Quorum of the Seventy since April 1976. He also served in the Presidency of the Seventy, from 1980 to 1986 and then from 1989 to 1996. He received emeritus status in October 1996.

Asay served in the Church as president of the Texas North Mission and on the Sunday School general board. He also served as a bishop, a regional representative, and was an assistant to the Presiding Bishopric. From 1947 to 1950, he served as one of the elders sent to open missionary work in Palestine and Syria. He also served as president of the Salt Lake Temple.

He was born on June 12, 1926, in Sutherland, Utah, and raised in nearby Monroe. At the University of Utah, he was a four-year basketball letterman and later received some offers to play professionally. Later he was the first basketball coach at Olympus High School in Salt Lake City.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, his master’s from Long Beach State, and his doctorate in education from the University of Utah. His career was in education, first as a teacher, coach, and administrator in public schools and then as a professor of education at Brigham Young University. He was an assistant dean at BYU-Hawaii.

He and his wife, Colleen, were the parents of seven children. He died on April 10, 1999.