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John K. Carmack
Full name John Kay Carmack
Born May 10, 1931 (1931-05-10) (age 78)
Place of birth Winslow, Arizona
LDS Church General Authority
First Quorum of the Seventy
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
Start of term April 7, 1984 (aged 52)
End of term October 6, 2001 (aged 70)
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Emeritus General Authority
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Start of term October 6, 2001 (aged 70)

John Kay Carmack (born May 10, 1931) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1984. He is currently an emeritus general authority and the managing director of the church's Perpetual Education Fund.

Biographical background

Carmack was born in Winslow, Arizona. After attending Brigham Young University for two years, Carmack served as an LDS Church missionary in the Western Central States Mission of the church. Upon returning home, he completed his arts degree at BYU and went on to obtain a law degree at the University of California at Los Angeles. Carmack joined a law firm in Los Angeles, eventually becoming the firm's president. Carmack also served briefly in the United States military in Korea.[1]

Carmack is married to Shirley Fay Allen and they are the parents of six children.

In the church, Carmack served in a variety of callings, including president of the Los Angeles California Stake of the church and later as a Regional Representative of the Twelve Apostles. In 1981, Carmack was appointed to preside over the Idaho Boise Mission of the church.

General authority

In 1984, Carmack became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. In 1989, he was made executive director of the church's Historical Department. As a general authority, Carmack performed the groundbreaking for four LDS Church temples: the Hong Kong China Temple, the Louisville Kentucky Temple, the Nashville Tennessee Temple, and The Hague Netherlands Temple.

In 2001, Carmack was given emeritus status and released from his duties as a Seventy. Upon Carmack's release, Church President Gordon B. Hinckley immediately asked Carmack to become the managing director of the church's new Perpetual Education Fund.


  • John K. Carmack (2004). A Bright Ray of Hope: The Perpetual Education Fund (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book) ISBN 159038234X
  • —— (1993). Tolerance: Principles, Practices, Obstacles, Limits (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft) ISBN 0884948900
  • ——, "Unmeasured Factors of Success" in Galen L. Fletcher & Jane H. Wise (eds.) (2002). Life in the Law: Answering God's Interrogatories (Provo, Utah: BYU Press) ISBN 0842525122


  1. ^ John K. Carmack, “Unity in Diversity,” Liahona, Aug. 1992, 27.


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