Stephen B. Oveson

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Stephen B. Oveson was called as a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy from April 1999 to October 2005. At the time of his call he was presiding over the Buenos Aires South Mission. He has also served as a full-time missionary in the Northern Mexican Mission, and as a bishop, high councilor, and as a temple worker. After he was released from the Seventy, he served as the first president of the Newport Beach California Temple.

Oveson was born on July 9, 1936, in Grass Valley, Oregon. He died on June 2, 2013. He studied finance and banking at Brigham Young University. During his career he started a hotel development and management company, Suite Thinking Inc.; and was president of the hotel chain Granada Royale Hometels, which later became Embassy Suites. He also worked as a commercial loan officer for Western American Mortgage and held various financial positions.

He and his wife, Dixie, were the parents of six sons. They also were parents of a Navajo son.