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Carlos E. Asay
Full name Carlos Egan Asay
Born June 12, 1926(1926-06-12)
Place of birth Sutherland, Utah
Died April 10, 1999 (aged 72)
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah
LDS Church General Authority
First Quorum of the Seventy
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
Start of term April 3, 1976 (aged 49)
End of term October 5, 1996 (aged 70)
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
Start of term April 5, 1980 (aged 53)
End of term August 15, 1986 (aged 60)
End reason Honorably released
Presidency of the Seventy
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
Start of term October 1, 1989 (aged 63)
End of term August 15, 1996 (aged 70)
End reason Honorably released
Emeritus General Authority
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Start of term October 5, 1996 (aged 70)
End of term April 10, 1999 (aged 72)
End reason Death

Carlos Egan Asay (12 June 1926 – 10 April 1999) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1976 until his death.

Asay was born in Sutherland, Utah, and raised in Monroe, Utah. In 1947, just prior to leaving on his mission, Asay married Colleen Webb, largely due to the encouragement of Don B. Colton, who was at that time president of the Salt Lake Mission Home.[1]

From 1947 to 1950, he served as a LDS Church missionary in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. When he first arrived in the mission Asay had a hard time finding his mission president, Badwagan Piranian, who was also arriving at the mission from Switzerland. Asay and his mission companion eventually managed to locate Piranian and his wife in Beirut, Lebanon.[1] After his return to Utah, he served in a variety of callings in the LDS Church, including bishop, regional representative of the Twelve Apostles, and member of the general board of the Sunday School. He was president of the church's Texas North Mission from 1970 to 1973 and later was the president of the International Mission of the LDS Church.

In 1976, Asay became a general authority and a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was a member of the seven-man Presidency of the Seventy twice, from 1980 to 1986 and from 1989 to 1996. In October 1996, he was given general authority emeritus status and appointed the president of the Salt Lake Temple. He died of a heart attack while serving in this calling. His funeral was held in the Salt Lake Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.


  1. ^ a b Church News, October 21, 1989.


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