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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. He has been a general authority of the LDS Church since October 1992.

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



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. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in economics and completed an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Early in his career, Burton worked for the Utah Tax Commission and for Kennecott Copper. In 1977, Burton was hired by the LDS Church as the assistant budget officer. A year and a half later, he 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.[1] Burton called Richard C. Edgley as his first counselor and Keith B. McMullin as his second counselor. Burton and his counselors were released on 31 March 2012 and given general authority emeritus status.

In 2014, Burton was elected chairman of the board of the Utah Transit Authority.[2] As of April 2017, Burton is serving as chair of the board of trustees of the University of Utah.[3] He has been on the University of Utah board since 2013, serving as chair since 2016.[4]

Burton married Barbara Matheson in September 1960. They have five children and nineteen grandchildren.[citation needed]

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.

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  1. ^ 2008 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007) p. 62.
  2. ^ Deseret News, Sep. 24, 2014
  3. ^ Deseret News, April 25, 2017
  4. ^ Deseret News, July 1, 2016


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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