Our prayers are with the Elder Earl Merrill Monson's family at this time.
Elder Earl Merrill Monson, who served as a General Authority Seventy from 1998-2002, died at age 84, in his home in South Jordan, Utah, on Thursday, May 18.
Elder Monson was sustained to be a General Authority Seventy on April 4, 1998, at the age of 65 and served in that calling until his release on October 5, 2002. (Elder Monson, whose ancestry is Norwegian, is not related to President Thomas S. Monson, whose forebears are Swedish.)
In his calling as a General Authority Seventy he served as Second Counselor in the Pacific Islands Area from 1998 to 2001 and later as First Counselor in the Pacific Islands Area from 2001 to 2002. After his release as a General Authority Seventy, he presided over the Manila Philippines Temple from 2006 to 2009.
Born on July 26, 1932, to Charles Horald and Ortencia Hendricks Merrill Monson, the leader was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.