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David B. Haight
Full name David Bruce Haight
Born September 2, 1906(1906-09-02)
Place of birth Oakley, Idaho
Died July 31, 2004 (aged 97)
Place of death Salt Lake City, Utah
LDS Church Apostle
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
Ordained January 8, 1976 (aged 69)
Ordination reason Death of Hugh B. Brown
End of term July 31, 2004 (aged 97)
End reason Death
Reorganization at end of term Dieter F. Uchtdorf and David A. Bednar were ordained following the deaths of Haight and Neal A. Maxwell
LDS Church General Authority
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Called by Joseph Fielding Smith
Start of term April 6, 1970 (aged 63)
End of term January 8, 1976 (aged 69)
End reason Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
Start of term January 8, 1976 (aged 69)
End of term July 31, 2004 (aged 97)
End reason Death


David Bruce Haight (September 2, 1906 – July 31, 2004) was the oldest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Haight was born in Oakley, Idaho, September 2, 1906. Haight was the son of Hector C. Haight and his wife Clara Tuttle.[1] Hector Haight was the son of Horton D. Haight who had been involved in many trips in the Mormon trek and served as the first president of the stake that included Oakley. David B. Haight's maternal grandfather, Norton R. Tuttle, was the first bishop of Tooele, Utah.[2]

He was the father-in-law of billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman and grandfather of the former governor of Utah, and current US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Haight served as mayor of Palo Alto, California and also was the owner of the Palo Alto Hardware store. Upon being called as president of the church’s mission in Scotland, he resigned as mayor of Palo Alto over the objections of the city council. In addition to his service as mission president, he was president of the Palo Alto Stake, and a regional representative of the Twelve Apostles before his call as a general authority—specifically, an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—in April 1970. He also served as a special assistant to the president of Brigham Young University.

The vacancy left by the death of Apostle Hugh B. Brown in December 1975 was filled by Haight's calling; he was ordained an apostle on January 8, 1976.

Haight died in the morning of July 31, 2004 of causes incident to age, having attended the funeral of his colleague Apostle Neal A. Maxwell just four days earlier. Dieter F. Uchtdorf and David A. Bednar were called to the quorum to fill the vacancies created by Maxwell's and Haight's deaths. Haight's funeral service was held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle and he was interred at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Holladay, Utah.

David B. Haight's grave marker

Notes

  1. ^ Garr et al., Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History, p. 455
  2. ^ C. Terry Warner, “Elder David B. Haight,” Ensign, Oct. 1976, p. 5.

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Preceded by
L. Tom Perry
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
January 8, 1976–July 31, 2004
Succeeded by
James E. Faust
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