Elder Glenn L. Pace, Emeritus General Authority Seventy, Dies at Age 77

Contributed By Marianne Holman Prescott, Church News staff writer

  • 18 May 2017

Elder Glenn L. Pace, emeritus General Authority Seventy, died May 16, 2017.

Elder Glenn L. Pace, emeritus General Authority Seventy, died on May 16, 2017, in Bountiful, Utah, at the age of 77.

Elder Pace served as a member of the Presiding Bishopric from 1985 to 1992 and as a General Authority Seventy from 1992 to 2010.

He was born on March 21, 1940, in Provo, Utah, to Kenneth LeRoy and Elizabeth A. Wilde Pace.

As a young man he served a mission in the New England States Mission from 1960 to 1962, and upon his return he married Jolene Clayson, a young woman he had started dating before his mission, in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of six children—four sons and two daughters.

On April 6, 1985, Elder Pace was sustained as Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric with then Bishop Robert D. Hales. He served in that calling for seven years before he was called to serve as a General Authority Seventy.

In his assignment as a General Authority he had various assignments. In 1992, he became the first president of the Australia Sydney North Mission. From 1997 to 1998 he served as a member of the Sunday School General Presidency, and from 2001 to 2004 he served as Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency.

In his more than 25 years of Church service at a general level, he spoke in general conference eight times. He was given emeritus status on October 1, 2005.

His professional career included working for impressive accounting firms, as chief financial officer for a land development company, and in July of 1981, he became managing director of the Church’s Welfare Department, where he worked for nine years.

Elder Pace earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University and has authored three books.

Upon his call to the Presiding Bishopric, Elder Pace said, “I know sanctification comes not with any particular calling but with genuine acts of service, often for which there is no particular calling. Now, despite the humility with which I approach this call, I have full confidence in my ability to perform. … This, however, is not self-confidence, but confidence in the fact that the Lord makes every man and woman equal to the assignment they are given” (Church News, April 14, 1985).

A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, at 12:30 p.m. at the Bountiful 13th Ward meetinghouse located at 1356 North, 650 East, Bountiful, Utah. A public viewing will be held on May 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in that same Church building, as well as on the day of the funeral from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Sunday School General Presidency: (left to right) Elder Glenn Pace, First Counselor; Elder Harold G. Hillam, President; and Elder Neil L. Andersen, Second Counselor. Photo by Don Grayston.