Original Call: (LDS Church News 11 May 1974 ©2001 Deseret News Publishing Co.)
Walter Shigeo Teruya, a retired businessman from Wailuku, Hawaii, has been called by the First Presidency as president of the new Japan Sendai Mission, which will be divided from the Japan East Mission in July.
Born June 1, 1915, in Waikapu, Hawaii, to Eiko and Hisako Gibu Teruya, Pres. Teruya was baptized May 14, 1941, in Paia, Hawaii, after his conversion. He married Joyce Tone Nagasawa, and they were the first Japanese couple to be married in the Hawaii Temple. It was July 11, 1942. They have three children.
Update Apr 2006:
President Teruya passed away 18 Dec 2004 at the age of 89 and Sister Teruya passed away 13 Mar 2006 at the age of 84. Tributes to the Teruyas can be found in the In Memoriam section.