Walter F. González was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on November 18, 1952. He married Zulma Anahir in February 1975. They are parents of four children.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies at Indiana University and a technician’s certificate in business administration at CEMLAD Institute.
Since joining the Church at age 18, Elder González has served in numerous callings, including stake president, president of the Ecuador Guayaquil South Mission (1989–1992), area public affairs director, and regional representative.
Elder González was released and granted emeritus status on October 1, 2022. He previously served in the Utah Area Presidency and as an Assistant Executive Director in the Priesthood and Family Department.
Previous callings include service in the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy, beginning in April 1997, and as an Area Authority in the South America North Area since August 15, 1995. He served as President of the South America South Area, member of the Presidency of the Seventy, President of the South America West Area, President of the Brazil North Area, First Counselor in the Brazil North Area Presidency, First Counselor in the South America North Area Presidency, and President of the Caribbean Area.
His professional career led him to be director of the Church Educational System for the South America North Area. Prior to taking that position, he was a Church Educational System employee in several South American countries.