Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin passes away
by Mary Richards - KSL
Dec 02, 2008 | 3013 views | 4 4 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, who was the oldest living apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has passed away at the age of 91.

Elder Wirthlin had gone to bed at his Salt Lake City home last night and died peacefully at about 11.30 pm of causes incident to age.

According to the LDS Church Web site, his oldest daughter, Jane Wirthlin Parker, was present. A member of the family had been staying and caring for Elder Wirthlin, whose wife, Elisa Young Rogers Wirthlin, died in 2006.

He had continued to work at his office up until the Thanksgiving holiday.

Funeral arrangements will be announced.

Elder Wirthlin was born in Salt Lake City on June 11, 1917. He graduated from the University of Utah in Business Administration and played football at the U.

Before his call as a General Authority, he was a prominent business leader and was also president of a trade association in Utah. He served a mission to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in the late 1930s. He was ordained an Apostle in 1986.

Funeral arrangements will be announced.

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anonymous
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July 02, 2009
Robert J Sunderland
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December 02, 2008
My daughter Denise and I were speaking today of when Elder Wirthlin was speaking at General Conference on the subject of Charity and how the simple acts of kindness are sometimes quite profound.Elder Wirthlin began to shake quite out of control while giving his talk and his dear friend Elder Russell M. Nelson came to his side at the pulpit to comfort him and make sure he was O.K.I will never forget the Spirit of that talk on that special occasion.We thank you Elder Wirthlin for that wonderful experience.

Michael Lee
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December 02, 2008
Elder Wirthlin’s first assignment as an Apostle was to change the stake presidency in Vernon, BC. He asked me to be first counselor, just a few months after we moved to Canada from England. I shall never forget his wit and humble attitude for the work. His last talk in general conference was wonderful and showed that wit and humor, and depth of spirit. We shall miss him.
Patricia Nicholson
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December 02, 2008
We will all miss your lovely talks at future conferences.