February 04, 2005

Crapo: Elder Haight Demonstrated Unwavering Devotion

Idaho Senator notes the death of LDS Apostle David B. Haight

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed admiration for Elder David B. Haight as well as condolences to his family on news of Haightâ??s death. Haight, the oldest living apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away early Saturday morning of causes incident to age. Crapo said, â??Elder Haight came from humble beginnings in tiny Oakley, Idaho, and faced significant challenges throughout his life. Yet he persevered through those challenges and became a noted civic and business leader before becoming a General Authority in the Church. Throughout his 97 years, he demonstrated his commitment to family, community and country. He was an outstanding example of righteous living and unwavering devotion. During the April General Conference, it was a privilege to once again hear his fervent testimony and know that he remained strong in mind, even when his body was failing him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, and I join with many, many others who mourn his passing.â??At his death, Elder Haight was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, one of the highest ranking bodies of the Church. He was named to the Quorum in January 1976. During his life, he worked in the business field with ZCMI department store, Montgomery Ward and Company, and other retail companies. He served as a commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received a special citation from Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. He was a member of the Church Board of Education as well as a member of the boards of trustees of Brigham Young University, BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho, and LDS Business College. He was awarded the â??Distinguished Alumnus Awardâ?? from Utah State University in 1978.# # #