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Haight, David B. (David Bruce), 1906-2004



  • Existence: 1906 - 2004

Biographical History

David B. Haight (1906-2004) was an ecclesiastical leader and academic administrator in Utah. He served as administrative assistant to the president and director of University Development at Brigham Young University between 1966 and 1970.

David Bruce Haight was born in Oakley, Idaho, September 2, 1906. Haight was the son of Hector C. Haight and his wife Clara Tuttle. Hector Haight was the son of Horton D. Haight who had been involved in many trips in the trek and served as the first president of the stake that included Oakley. David B. Haight's maternal grandfather, Norton R. Tuttle, was the first bishop of Tooele, Utah. He was the father-in-law of businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman, Sr., (who married his daughter Karen) and grandfather of the former governor of Utah, and current US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, Jr. Haight served as mayor of Palo Alto, California and also was the owner of the Palo Alto Hardware store. Upon being called as president of the church’s mission in Scotland, he resigned as mayor of Palo Alto over the objections of the city council. In addition to his service as mission president, he was president of the Palo Alto Stake, and a regional representative of the Twelve Apostles before his call as a general authority—specifically, an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—in April 1970. He also served as a special assistant to the president of Brigham Young University.

The vacancy left by the death of Apostle Hugh B. Brown in December 1975 was filled by Haight's calling; he was ordained an apostle on January 8, 1976. Haight died in the morning of July 31, 2004 of causes incident to age, having attended the funeral of his colleague Apostle Neal A. Maxwell just four days earlier. Dieter F. Uchtdorf and David A. Bednar were called to the quorum to fill the vacancies created by Maxwell's and Haight's deaths. Haight's funeral service was held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle and he was interred at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Holladay, Utah.

Tate, L.C. David B. Haight, c1987: t.p. (David B. Haight) p. 1 (David Bruce Haight; b. 9/2/06)

Wikipedia WWW site, June 28, 2005 (under David B. Haight: David Bruce Haight; b. Sept. 2, 1906, Oakley, Idaho; d. July 31, 2004; oldest Apostle in the history of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; mayor of Palo Alto, California; owner of Palo Alto Hardware store; special assistant to the president of Brigham Young University; LDS Church Apostle, January 8, 1967-July 31, 2004)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Assistant to the President records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 891
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with Western Premium Co., Reid-Meredith, Inc., and UVIDA. Also includes reports, evaluations, statistical information, as well as information on associations and organizations, Church General Authorities, racial controversy with Stanford, university negotations, and publicity.

Dates: 1964-1971