Elder Haight Celebrates 90th Birthday

“Elder Haight Celebrates 90th Birthday,” Ensign, Nov. 1996, 108

Elder Haight Celebrates 90th Birthday

The oldest living General Authority, Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, celebrated his 90th birthday on 2 September at a reception hosted by his family.

Some 1,200 well-wishers attended the reception, including all three members of the First Presidency—President Gordon B. Hinckley; President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor; and President James E. Faust, Second Counselor; members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and their wives; many close friends; community, business, government, and civic leaders; and about 100 guests from Palo Alto, California, where Elder Haight served as stake president and mayor before his call as mission president in the Scottish mission.

Elder Haight was born 2 September 1906 in Oakley, Idaho, to Hector C. and Clara Tuttle Haight. He married Ruby Olson on 4 September 1930 in the Salt Lake Temple.

He currently serves as chairman of the Church Missionary Executive Council, as a member of the board of Deseret Management Corporation, and as a member of the Church Board of Education and the board of trustees at Brigham Young University, BYU—Hawaii Campus, Ricks College, and LDS Business College.

Elder Haight is the 11th man to reach 90 years of age or older while serving in the First Presidency or Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.