Harold David Burton (born April 25, 1938) was the thirteenth Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1995 to 2012 and has been the chairman of the University of Utah (U of U) board of trustees since 2016.[1]

H. David Burton
Emeritus general authority
March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31)
Presiding Bishop
December 27, 1995 (1995-12-27) – March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31)
End reasonGranted general authority emeritus status
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03) – December 27, 1995 (1995-12-27)
End reasonReorganization (due to Merrill J. Bateman becoming president of BYU
Personal details
BornHarold David Burton
(1938-04-26) April 26, 1938 (age 81)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Spouse(s)Barbara Matheson
Children5

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Latter-day Saint parents, Burton graduated from South High School in 1956 and then served as a missionary for the LDS Church in southern Australia in the late 1950s.[2] He graduated from the U of U with a bachelor's degree in economics and completed an MBA from the University of Michigan.[1] Early in his career, Burton worked for the Utah Tax Commission and for Kennecott Copper.[1]

LDS Church serviceEdit

Burton was hired by the LDS Church as the assistant budget officer in 1977. Burton later accepted a position as the executive secretary to the church's presiding bishopric. In October 1992, Burton was called by Robert D. Hales as first counselor in the presiding bishopric. In 1994, he was again called as first counselor to the new presiding bishop, Merrill J. Bateman. On December 27, 1995, when Bateman became the president of Brigham Young University, Burton became the church's Presiding Bishop--a post roughly equivalent to chief operating officer.[3] Burton called Richard C. Edgley as his first counselor and Keith B. McMullin as his second counselor.

Burton was a prominent voice from the LDS Church on the issue of Utah immigration legislation in 2011.[4] Burton oversaw the LDS Church's $1.5 billion mixed-use development project called City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City.[5] Burton and his counselors were released on 31 March 2012 and designated as emeritus general authorities.[6]

Civic serviceEdit

In 2014, Burton was elected chairman of the board of the Utah Transit Authority.[7] He has been on the U of U's board of trustees since 2013 and was selected as chairman in 2016.[1][8] While chair, the U of U joined the prestigious Association of American Universities prompting Burton to remark, "We already knew that the U was one of the jewels of Utah and of the Intermountain West, this invitation shows that we are one of the jewels of the entire nation".[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Burton married Barbara Matheson in September 1960 and they are the parents of five children.[2] Burton is the great-great-grandson of Robert T. Burton, who was a counselor to presiding bishops Edward Hunter and William B. Preston from 1874 to 1907.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Jacobsen, Morgan. "H. David Burton appointed chairman of University of Utah board of trustees", Deseret News, Utah, 1 July 2016. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Grand Marshal H. David Burton: Serving the world over", Provo Daily Herald, Utah, 1 July 2013. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.
  3. ^ Niebuhr, Gustav. "New Structure Symbolizes Mormon Growth", The New York Times, 6 February 2000. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.
  4. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "LDS Church takes public stance on immigration legislation", The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah, 17 March 2011. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.
  5. ^ Lee, Jasen. "LDS Presiding Bishop H. David Burton says part of City Creek project goal has been met", Deseret News, Utah, 17 May 2012. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.
  6. ^ Beebe, Paul. "Mormon who led Salt Lake City makeover steps aside", The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah, 31 March 2012. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.
  7. ^ Lee, Jason. "H. David Burton elected new UTA board chairman", Deseret News, Utah, 24 September 2014. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.
  8. ^ Tanner, Courtney. "University of Utah approves new $13 million building for its police department", The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah, 2 February 2020. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.
  9. ^ Last, First. "University of Utah joins prestigious Association of American Universities", KUTV, Utah, 7 November 2019. Retrieved on 17 February 2020.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Merrill J. Bateman
Presiding Bishop
December 27, 1995 – March 31, 2012
Succeeded by
Gary E. Stevenson
Preceded by
Henry B. Eyring
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
October 3, 1992 – December 27, 1995
Succeeded by
Richard C. Edgley