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Mission Presidents
Mission Presidents listed below are in reverse chronological order. If you have additional information, please contact Steve Cottrell. Pictures are also appreciated for Presidents without photos. Thank you...


Richard G. Whitehead  (2000 to 2002)
England Bristol Mission
Call as anounced in The Church News
Saturday, 15 January, 2000

Richard Grant Whitehead, 58, St. George 3rd Ward, St. George Utah West Stake counselor in stake presidency former high councilor, bishop, stake missionary, elders quorum president, Young Men president, Sunday School gospel doctrine teacher, and missionary in British Mission executive director of institutional advancement at Dixie College in St. George, dentist received doctor of dental surgery degree at Creighton University, bachelor's degree in biological science at BYU, associate degree at Dixie College born in St. George, Utah, to Grant Church and Edith Sullivan Whitehead married to Launa Tucker Whitehead six children. She is a Sunday School gospel doctrine teacher former ward choir director, Primary president, ward and choir organist, counselor in stake Relief Society presidency and stake Laurel leader instructor of music at Dixie College and instructor of flute at Southern Utah University received master of music degree from University of Nevada at Las Vegas, bachelor's degree in music from Southern Utah University and associate degree in music from Dixie College born in Morgan, Utah, to Doyle William and Catherine Whitear Tucker.

Published 15 January, © 2000 LDS Church News


Timothy L. Taggart  (1997 to 2000)
England Bristol Mission
Call as anounced in The Church News
Saturday, 15 March, 1997

Timothy L. Taggart, 47, England Bristol Mission Bennion Heights 8th Ward, Bennion Heights Utah Stake Varsity Scout coach former stake president, stake executive secretary, high councilor, Sunday School teacher, priests quorum adviser, elders quorum teacher, and missionary in the Australia South Mission director of audiovisual production services for the Church received bachelor's degree in history and political science and master's degree in instructional technology from Utah State University born in Lewiston, Utah, to Fred Edis and Mary Lambert Taggart married Gloria Shaffer, two children. She is Primary Merrie Miss activity leader former ward Young Women president, Primary president and counselor, Relief Society president's counselor, Sunday School teacher, Relief Society teacher, and Young Women teacher attended Utah State University born in Sun Valley, Idaho, to Don West and Carol Hadley Shaffer.

Published 15 March, © 1997 LDS Church News

Christmas Letter 2003

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Rowland E. Elvidge  (1994 to 1997)
England Bristol Mission

Call as anounced in The Church News
Saturday, 30 April, 1994

Rowland E. Elvidge, 57, England Bristol Mission St. Albans Ward, St. Albans England Stake counselor in England London Mission former stake president, stake mission president, stake Young Men president, stake Sunday School president, bishop, branch president, and area Scout chairman business consultant received degree from Stevenage College born in Sedgefield, England, to Edward and Elizabeth Dodds Elvidge married Barbara Joyce Harbon, six children. She is Young Women president former stake Primary president, Relief Society president, organist,chorister, seminary teacher, institute teacher, and chairman of the London LDS Choir born in Doncaster, England, to Herbert and Maud Prince Harbon.

© 1996 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.

LDS Church News
Saturday, April 15, 2000 New Area Authority Seventies
During the Saturday afternoon session of the 170th Annual General Conference April 1, 2000, 39 new Area Authority Seventies were sustained to the Third, Fourth and Fifth Quorums of the Seventy. Amongst those called to the Third Quorum was: Rowland E. Elvidge, 63, St. Albans, England called to the Third Quorum of the Seventy director, Benelux Companies currently serving as chairman of the Area Youth Activity Committee and member of the London Public Affairs Committee former president of the England Bristol Mission (1994-1997) and stake president wife, Barbara Elvidge

© 2000 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.

LDS Church News
Saturday, February 14, 2004
Rowland E. Elvidge, 67, St. Albans Ward, St. Albans England Stake; called as president of the London England Temple; succeeding President George Howell Jones. President Elvidge's wife, Barbara J. Elvidge, will serve as temple matron. President Elvidge is a former Area Authority Seventy, mission president, stake president, bishop and branch president. He is retired. He was born in Sedgefield, England, to Edward and Winefred Dodds Elvidge. Sister Elvidge is a former stake Primary president, ward Relief Society and Young Women president and seminary teacher. She was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, to Herbert Harbon and Maud Prince.

© 2004 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.


Philip C. Pugsley  (1991 to 1994)
England Bristol Mission
Call as anounced in The Church News
Saturday, January 19, 1991

Philip Cannon Pugsley, 50, Parleys 6th Ward, Salt Lake Parleys Stake Blazer leader, former bishop and counselor, Young Men president, adviser and Scoutmaster served in British Mission, 1962-64 lawyer received bachelor's and juris doctorate degrees from University of Utah born in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of Harry D. and Jeanne Cannon Pugsley married Margaret Walton six children. She is a stake Young Women president, former Relief Society teacher, Young Women president, counselor and adviser, stake Young Women presidency, Primary counselor received bachelor's degree from University of Utah born in Salt Lake City, Utah, a daughter of Douglas Porter and Dora Norton Walton.

© 1996 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.


George H. Jones  (1988 to 1991)
England Bristol Mission
Call as anounced in The Church News
Saturday, February 13, 1988

George H. Jones, 65, Leicester 2nd Ward, Leicester England Stake executive secretary to president of United Kingdom/Ireland/Africa Area former stake president, bishop and counselor, and high priests group leader retired shoe corporation executive graduated with honors from Chester College of Art, Royal Drawing Society born in Coedpoeth Wales, a son of Gwynfryn and Jane Catherien Roberts Jones married Edna Mildred Nutter two children. She is a ward Relief Society president's counselor and teacher development teacher, former stake Young Women president, stake Relief Society president's counselor, ward Relief Society president, and seminary teacher born in Portsmouth, England, a daughter of William Charles and Nellie Kate Parker Nutter.

© 1996 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.

From the Church News, Sep 08, 2001

The First Presidency has called as the president of the London England Temple, George Howell Jones, and as matron his wife, Edna Mildred Nutter Jones.

From the Church News, Sep 22, 2001

George Howell Jones, 79, Chichester Ward, Portsmouth England Stake, called as president of the London England Temple, succeeding President Peter L. Morely. President Jones' wife, Edna Mildred Nutter Jones, will serve as temple matron. President Jones served as mission president, stake president, area presidency's executive secretary, and bishop. A retired shoe company display executive, he graduated from a college of art. He was born in Coedpoeth, North Wales, to Gwynfryn and Jane Cathrene Roberts Jones. Sister Jones is a former ward and stake Young Women president, ward Relief Society president, and seminary and institute teacher. She was born in Portsmouth, England, to William Charles and Nellie Kate Parker Nutter.

© 2001 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.




Reed E. Price  (1985 to 1988)
England Bristol Mission
Reed E. Price, 63, Phoenix 16th Ward, Phoenix North Stake, counselor to Arizona Tempe Mission President, former Stake President, Counselor to Stake President, Bishop, Bishop’s counselor twice missionary to the New England States Mission. He is a businessman, a graduate of BYU in Economics. He was born in Phoenix, AZ and is a son of James Robert and Mabel Alexander Price. He married Marjorie Paulson from Salt Lake City, the daughter of Zora Colton and George Melvin Paulson and are parents of six children. She has served as a Relief Society teacher, Relief Society President, Stake Primary President, Stake Relief Society Counselor. She is a graduate of Utah State University.

Marjorie Paulson Price 1921 ~ 2003  Passed away peacefully at her home in Mesa, Arizona, Thursday, August 14, 2003, surrounded by her family, after a valiant battle with cancer.  She was born September 20, 1921 in Salt Lake City to George Melvin Paulson and Zora Colton Paulson. She married Reed E. Price of Arizona 58 years ago, May 21, 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple. Marjorie and Reed had six children. Ronald (deceased) (Chris), Nancy (Alan) Dickson, Spencer (Louise), Rosemary (Gordon) Smart, Barbara Anderson, Marti (Douglas) Jones.

Marjorie and Reed have lived in the Phoenix or Mesa area most of their married life. Marjorie attended school in Salt Lake City, and attended East High. She attended BYU her freshman year of college, but graduated from Utah State, where she was Student Body Vice President. Marjorie served in numerous church positions, including Stake Primary President, three years with her husband presiding over the England Bristol Mission. She served with her husband in the presidency of the Mesa Temple as assistant matron. She was an elegant lady, and loved to entertain many in her home. While her husband was stake president, she felt honored to entertain many LDS General Authorities.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her oldest son Ronald Reed. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, her five living children and their spouses, 33 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.  Marjorie always loved her siblings, and is survived by two brothers, Boyd C. Paulson (May) Menlo Park Calif, and George (Sharee) Paulson, and her sister Barbara Durham Hatch (David). The latter two are of Salt Lake City. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews who dearly loved her. Marjorie was loved deeply by all who knew her, and will be greatly missed.

Madison H. Thomas  (1982 to 1985)
England Bristol Mission
Madison H. Thomas, M.D., is a licensed physician and a neurologist on the staff of the LDS Hospital and is board certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is the chairman of the Utah Medical Association Task Force on Functional Ability Guidelines, a member of the Utah State Driver License Medical Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Medical Panels for Administrative Law Judges of Utah Industrial Commission. Dr. Thomas holds a BS degree from Utah State University, an MS from University of Michigan, and a MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Thomas has been a presenter for American Medical Association, American Academy of Neurology, International Epilepsy League, American Epilepsy Society, Western EEG Society, Utah Medical Association, Mormon History Association, AMCAP and BYU Symposia. He has taught at the University of Michigan and University of Utah College of Medicine. He has also taught missionaries as mission president in England. He has published in Journals of AMA and Academy of Neurology, sections In texts, Journal of Mormon History Association, BYU Studies and AMCAP journal

Source: from AMCAP 2001 Fall Convention, Information on Presenters



Madison H. Thomas, M.D. 1916 ~ 2005 "Having fought a good fight... having finished his course... having kept the faith" Madison Hayball Thomas received orders to report for duty beyond earth's veil on Monday June 6, 2005. He relinquished his tenacious grip on this life after a blessedly brief hospitalization for pneumonia and without the incapacitation which would have so frustrated him. He was always the servant, always the doer, always the believer that one man could tackle even the toughest problems in this world and by so doing, wrestle them down to manageable size.

Madison H. Thomas was born on 18 August 1916 to William Preston Thomas and Lucile Hayball Thomas in Ogden Utah. As a youth growing up in Logan, he was high school valedictorian and active in dramatics. At Utah Agricultural College he was elected freshman class president and led the R.O.T.C. regiment with the rank of Cadet Colonel. He later served in the Coast Artillery as a physician during WWII and commanded a thousand-bed Army Reserve Hospital for 10 years, with 42 total years of military service. He graduated in 1943 from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, served an internship at Cornell Medical and completed a master's degree in neurology at the University of Michigan.

He married Marian Peterson in the Logan Temple on March 17, 1944. They had five children, three daughters and two sons, and 13 grandchildren. They enjoyed a long and happy life together flying, skiing, hiking, swimming, traveling, studying great books and serving in the Church. She passed away on 20 March 2003. She sustained him throughout his life and he sustained her. What joy in the reunion of these eternal sweethearts!

In 1949 he began the practice of neurology in Salt Lake City, serving at several local hospitals as well as in state hospitals in Wyoming and Utah. For over ten years, he was the only board-certified neurologist between Denver and San Francisco. He was active in the Western Institute on Epilepsy, the Western EEG Society, the Epilepsy Foundation of America, the American League Against Epilepsy, the Utah State Driver License Medical Advisory Board, the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists, etc. He was awarded a distinguished service award by the Utah Medical Association and a certificate of appreciation for service to the State of Utah by the governor. He served for many years, until the time of his death, as chairman of medical panels for the Utah Labor Commission. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, becoming district chairman and later Council Explorer Program Chairman, in which role he took the largest contingent of young men to the National Post Presidents' Conference in Washington D.C. He was an Eagle Scout and was awarded the Silver Beaver. He was a loyal member of the LDS Church and served in numerous positions including the high council, as a teacher and doing genealogy work. He served as mission president with his wife in the England Bristol Mission from 1982 to 1985, as a Temple Square missionary in 1986, and as a public communications missionary in New York City from 1987 to 1988.

He is survived by his brothers Bill and Paul, and his children: Christina Van Rye; Gloria Thomas Gilmore and her children: Britta, Stewart, Nathan, and Myra; Daniel (Alison) and their children, Sarah and Taylor; Matthew (Jane) and their children, Clarissa and Madison; and Lisa Thomas Clayton (Weatherford) and their children: Madeleine, Marian, William, Elizabeth, and Laura. We thank him for living a life of love, service and empowering example. Act II, Bravo! Curtain up on Act III. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Valley View 3rd Ward, 4101 So. 1925 E. Friends may call at the church Saturday from 9:30 -10:45 a.m. Interment Logan City Cemetery, Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Funeral directors: Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary.

Source: Deseret Morning News, June 9, 2005


Lorenzo N. Hoopes  (1979 to 1982)
England Bristol Mission
Lorenzo N. Hoopes soon after finishing his service as Bristol Mission President, became the President of the Oakland Temple.

Saturday, August 25, 1990
Pres. Lee awarded presidential citations to Lorenzo N. and Stella Sorensen Hoopes of Oakland, Calif., at the ceremony for their civic, professional and religious accomplishments. Brother Hoopes, now serving as Oakland Temple president, retired in 1979 as senior vice president and director of Safeway Stores. He is the former president of the England Bristol Mission. Sister Hoopes has served at his side during their 52 years of marriage.

January 20, 1996 - OAKLAND, CALIF.
Stella Bobbie Sorensen Hoopes, wife of Lorenzo N. Hoopes and matron of the Oakland Temple from 1985-1990, died Jan. 14. She was 83. She and her husband were recipients of Brigham Young University's Distinguished Presidential Citation in 1990. She served with her husband when he was president of the England Bristol Mission from 1979-1982. She is survived by her husband and a son. Funeral services were scheduled for noon Friday, Jan. 19, in Oakland. Burial will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Brigham City (Utah) Cemetery.

© 1996 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.

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Clarence E. Wonnacott  (1976 to 1979)
England Bristol Mission
President Wonnacott started work as a elevator operator at Hotel Utah. He later held various hotel positions, including working as manager of the Temple Square Hotel up to the day Pearl Harbor was bombed.

President Wonnacott then served a World War II tour of duty in the Pacific

In 1946, Presiding Bishop LeGrand Richards called him to be the administrator of the W. H. Groves Latter-day Saints Hospital. He served there untill 1962 when he was named as executive director of the church hospital system.

Source: LDS Hospital History ~ Chapter 6
President Wonnacott served as a counselor to President Curtis on the Salt Lake Temple Presidency, 1979-1982.
The Wonnacott's were living in Holliday, Utah.

May 17, 1999 - SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH.
Following a courageous battle with multiple myeloma, our "Petey," left this world, May 17, 1999, to embark on her newest adventure.
see Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune.


Arnold R. Knapp  (1973 to 1976)
England Southwest Mission
President Knapp was serving on the Sunday School General Board at the time he was called to serve as a Full-time Mission President.

LDS Church News
Saturday, May 13, 2000

Arnold R. Knapp, 89, a member of the Salt Lake Eighteenth Ward, Salt Lake Eagle Gate Stake, before moving in 1992 to St. George, Utah, died May 4, 2000, in St. George. He was a member of the Sunday School General Board, 1971-1973 and president of the England Bristol Mission, 1973-1976. He was director of Church International Public Communications, 1977-1978.

John M. Madsen  (1970 to 1973)
England Southwest Mission
Born April 24, 1939 in Washington D.C. to Louis L. and Edith Louise Gundersen Madsen. Wife, Diane Dursteler Madsen, parents of six children. Served as a member of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA general board, Young Men general board, regional representative, stake mission president. BYU religion professor. Received bachelor's in zoology from Washington State University, master's degree and doctrate in education from BYU. Before his time as ESWM President, he had pioneered the introduction of the seminary programme in the British Isles. Called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy June 6, 1992, at age 53 sustained October 3, 1992.

Saturday, June 15, 1996
The new area presidency assignments .. are .. effective Aug. 15.
MEXICO NORTH
Andrew W. Peterson, First Counselor
John M. Madsen, President
Tomas Valdes O., Second Counselor

© 1996 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.

Saturday, April 12, 1997
Called to the First Quorum of the Seventy
John M. Madsen, 57, president of the Mexico North Area. He was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy June 6, 1992. Before his call, he was a seminary and institute instructor, director of Melchizedek Priesthood MIA, and an associate professor at BYU. He has been a mission president, regional representative and a member of the Young Men General Board. He received a bachelor's degree from Washington State University, master's and doctorate from BYU. He was born in Washington, D.C., to Louis L. and Edith Louise Gundersen Madsen, and is married to Diane Dursteler Madsen. They have five children.

© 1997 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.

Saturday, July 4, 1998
The new area presidency assignments .. are .. effective Aug. 15.
NORTH AMERICA WEST
John B. Dickson, President
John M. Madsen, First Counselor
Cecil O. Samuelson, Second Counselor

© 1998 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.

Saturday, October 10, 1998
Young Men General Presidency
A new Young Men general presidency was sustained during the Saturday afternoon session, Oct. 3. Elder Robert K. Dellenbach was sustained as the new Young Men general president, with Elder F. Melvin Hammond as first counselor and Elder John M. Madsen as second counselor. All three are members of the First Quorum of the Seventy.
© 1998 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.

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Rulon H. Bradshaw  (1967 to 1970)
Southwest British Mission
President Rulon H. Bradshaw and his wife, Marie F. Bradshaw were called to preside over the Southwest British Mission in June of 1967. At the time of his call, President Bradshaw was chairman of the Explorer Committee and had served on the YMMIA General Board for seven years. Formerly he had served as a high counselor in two different stakes, was bishop of Hillcrest Ward, and counselor in two bishoprics. He was affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and received the Great Salt Lake Council's highest honor, the Silver Beaver in February prior to his call. He was president of Rotary International, president of the Utah Home Builders Association, and is present owner of the Akron Lumber Company.'

'Sister Bradshaw, known to us as Sister 'B', at the time of their call was social relations leader in the Union 5th Ward Relief Society and Primary organizations, and Chairman of the L.D.S. Girls Committee. In addition she is secretary to her husband in the Akron Lumber Company'

'President and Sister Bradshaw have four children and nineteen grandchildren, two of which have been born since their mission call. The Bradshaw's reside at 1291 Siesta Drive, Sandy, Utah, and they extend a formal invitation to each of you to visit them at their home nestled in the Little Cottonwood Valley where the tall Cottonwood trees shade the creek which flows through the rear of their property. (Bring your innnertube and you can go tubing down the creek.)' from the Southwest British Mission Yearbook June 1967 - May 1970

While in England, he got Scouting started in the LDS Wards and Branches there. He returned to the MIA general board when released as Mission President. In 1982, President Bradshaw was serving as the Assistant Sealing Supervisor in the Jordan River Temple.

President Bradshaw, 95, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2002 in Sandy, Utah. Link to Deseret News Obituary


Ray H. Barton Jr.  (1965 to 1967)
Southwest British Mission
During his term as Mission President, President Barton organised the local members from all over the mission into a choir. This choir assembled in May 1966 at the Colston Hall, Bristol with the Stanley Black Orchestra and made a record entitled "The Incomparable Mormon Choir of England" for the Decca Record Company.

LDS Church News
July 19, 2003

Helen Grant Barton, 86, who served with her husband, Ray Hunter Barton Jr., when he presided over the Southwest British Mission from 1965-1967, died July 13, 2003, in Salt Lake City. She served on the Young Women general board from 1961-1967 and on the editorial board of the Children's Friend, and served with her husband as co-director of the Family-to-Family Book of Mormon Program.


A. Ray Curtis  (1962 to 1965)
Southwest British Mission
Call as anounced in The Church News
Saturday, January 13, 1962
President Curtis, a native of Salt Lake City, attended the University of Utah School of Business. He is owner-manager of the A. Ray Curtis Company and is associated with several other firms. He is also a member of the Utah State Board of Corrections and the Draft Board. In 1956 he was appointed bishop of the Holladay Eighth Ward after serving as a high councilman. He was named first counselor in the stake presidency in 1958 and in 1960 was appointed stake president.

He married Elaine Broadbent of Salt Lake City in the Salt Lake Temple. She is a native of Heber City and a graduate of the U. of U. Mrs. Curtis has been active in ward and stake auxiliaries in Highland, Cottonwood and Holladay Stakes, serving as a member of the YWMIA and Primary presidencies, as Junior Sunday School coordinator, and as a teacher in the Beehive and Gleaner departments. She is also a past member of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, Cottonwood Maternity Hospital, and Deseret Industries Board. Mrs. Curtis was president of the Cottonwood and Holladay Stake Relief Societies from 1952 to 1958. Just recently she was released as president of the Holladay Eighth Ward Relief Society. She has also served on the Granite School District Curriculum Committee and been active in the Parent-Teacher Association.

© 1962 LDS Church News and Deseret News Publishing Co.

  • When they were released, they were met at the airport, and he was called to the General board of the YMMIA. (1965)
  • President Curtis became the one of the first Regional Representatives the first to preside over the British Isles and later over Hawaii.
  • 13th Salt Lake Temple President - A. Ray Curtis: 1977-1982
  • President Curtis died in Salt Lake City, Sept. 10, 1988.
  • Sister Curtis died in Salt Lake City, Dec. 5, 1991.
  • Information and photos supplied by Rick Bailey A. Ray Curtis' grandson.


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