Clate W. Mask Jr.
Clate W. Mask Jr. was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from April 2003 to October 2009. Prior to his call, he presided over the Spain Barcelona Mission from 1997 to 2000. After his release as a general authority, he served as president of the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple (2009–2012). He has also served as bishop, branch president, stake Sunday School president, and high councilor.
Mask was born on August 20, 1942, in El Paso, Texas. His maternal grandfather, Andres C. Gonzalez, had taught Spanish in the Mormon Colonies in Mexico. His maternal grandmother, Minnie Spencer, had settled in the colonies. His father was not a member of the Church while Mask was young.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish and worked for a time in construction sales. He then taught early-morning Seminary before he worked full-time for the Church Educational System. He later earned his master’s degree in education from California State University, Northridge. He helped establish Institute classes in Spanish in Arizona and Southern California.
Mask and his wife, Paula Carol Garns, are the parents of six children. They both served as missionaries in the Central American Mission.