Evan Antone Schmutz was born in St. George, Utah, on June 6, 1954, the son of Richard Schmutz and Miriam (Christensen) Schmutz. He met Cindy Lee Sims while attending Brigham Young University, and they were married in the Provo Utah Temple in 1978. Elder and Sister Schmutz are the parents of five children and enjoy their role as grandparents.
He received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1979 and a juris doctorate in 1982, both from Brigham Young University.
He has served in many Church callings, including full-time missionary in the North Carolina Greensboro Mission, bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, and president of the Philippines Cebu Mission from July 2011 until July 2014. At the time of his call, Elder Schmutz had been serving in the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah South Area.
From 2016 to 2020 Elder Schmutz served as second counselor and then president of the Philippines Area. He is currently serving as first counselor in the Utah Area Presidency with concurrent assignments in the Church Communication and Correlation Departments.
During his professional career, he worked with several prominent law firms in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the time of his calling as a General Authority, Elder Schmutz was managing partner in the Lehi, Utah, office of Durham, Jones & Pinegar.