David Oman McKay

8 September 1873–18 January 1970

Born 8 September 1873 in Huntsville, Weber County, Utah Territory. Son of David McKay and Jennette Evans. Set apart as an elder in the British Mission, 6 August 1897. President of Scottish Conference, 9 June 1898 to 26 August 1899. Returned from mission, 10 September 1899. Married Emma Ray Riggs, 2 January 1901; seven children. President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 9 April 1951 until his death on 18 January 1970 in Salt Lake City.[1]


[1] Stan Larson and Patricia Larson, eds., What E’er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part: The Missionary Diaries of David O. McKay (Salt Lake City: Blue Ribbon Books, 1999), xl–xli, 103, 268; David Oman McKay entry, no. 487, Missionary Department, Missionary Registers, 1860–1959, Book C, 51, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City; One Hundred Twenty-First Annual Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Held in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 6, 7, 8 and 9, 1951, with Report of Discourses (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1951), 138–141; “Funeral Services Thursday in S.L.,” Deseret News (Salt Lake City), 19 Jan. 1970, M1, M4.