Richard P. Lindsay

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Richard P. Lindsay served as a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Second Quorum of the Seventy from April 1, 1989, to October 1, 1994. After his release he represented the Church on anti-pornography initiatives. In 1995 he was named the national education director of the Religious Alliance Against Pornography. In 1996 he was honored by the American Council on Alcohol Problems for his work to fight alcohol abuse. He also served in the Church as managing director of Public Affairs, bishop, and stake president.

Lindsay worked for the State of Utah, serving as Utah State Commissioner of Finance, with the Utah Juvenile Court System, as director of the Utah Council on Criminal Justice Administration, and as the executive director of the Utah State Employees Association, administrator of the Utah Juvenile Court System and as director of the Utah Council on Criminal Justice Administration. In 1969 he became director of Utah State Department of Social Services. He served as a Democratic Utah State Senator in 1965 and in the Utah House of Representatives from 1972 to 1976. He was also director of the University of Utah Bureau of Community Development and an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University.

Lindsay was born on March 18, 1926, in Salt Lake City, Utah. His father died when he was five years old and his mother worked in nursing to provide for her family. At the age of 18, he joined the US Navy but World War II ended before he was sent into combat. He then served as a full-time missionary from 1946 to 1949 in Switzerland and Austria. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Denver and his master’s degree in political science and his PhD degree in political science/management from the University of Utah.

Lindsay and his wife, Marian, were the parents of six children and were named Utah’s Parents of the Year in 2001. Their son Bruce was a lead news anchor with KSL TV and their daughter Susan married Elder Gerrit W. Gong, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. Lindsay died on June 4, 2010.