Jack H. Goaslind

Jack H. Goaslind Jr. (April 18, 1928 – April 27, 2011) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1978 until his death. He was the seventeenth general president of the church's Young Men organization from 1990 to 1998.

Jack H. Goaslind
Photograph of Jack H Goaslind
First Quorum of the Seventy
September 30, 1978 (1978-09-30) – October 3, 1998 (1998-10-03)
Called bySpencer W. Kimball
End reasonGranted general authority emeritus status
Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy
October 6, 1985 (1985-10-06) – August 15, 1987 (1987-08-15)
Called bySpencer W. Kimball
End reasonHonorably released
Presidency of the Seventy
August 15, 1995 (1995-08-15) – August 15, 1998 (1998-08-15)
Called byGordon B. Hinckley
End reasonHonorably released
Emeritus General Authority
October 3, 1998 (1998-10-03) – April 27, 2011 (2011-04-27)
Called byGordon B. Hinckley
Personal details
BornJack H. Goaslind Jr.
(1928-04-18)April 18, 1928
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
DiedApril 27, 2011(2011-04-27) (aged 83)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting placeLarkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery
40°33′23″N 111°50′30″W / 40.5564°N 111.8417°W / 40.5564; -111.8417 (Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery)

Goaslind was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Jack, Sr. and Anita Jane Jack. As a young man, Goaslind served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Western Canadian Mission.[1] Goaslind had been an avid skier since childhood and by choosing to serve a mission, he passed up a chance to train for the Olympics with the United States Ski Team.[2] After his mission, he graduated from the University of Utah and became a vice president with Affiliated Metals, Inc. Goaslind married Gwen Bradford and they had six children.

Goaslind served in the LDS Church as a bishop, stake president and a regional representative. In 1972, he was called as second counselor to Young Men general president Robert L. Backman. When the church's presiding bishopric assumed supervision of the Young Men program in 1974, Goaslind was released and served as president of the church's Arizona Tempe Mission.

In 1978, Goaslind became a general authority and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. From 1979 to 1981, he was second counselor to Hugh W. Pinnock in the general presidency of the church's Sunday School. In 1985, he became a member of the seven-man Presidency of the Seventy, a position he held until 1987, when he became president of the church's British IslesAfrica Area. During this time, he oversaw placing Emmanuel A. Kissi in charge of the church's affairs in Ghana during "the freeze", when the government of Ghana forbade all meetings of the church.[3] Goaslind also oversaw major humanitarian efforts of the church in São Tomé and Príncipe.[4]

In 1990, Goaslind succeeded Vaughn J. Featherstone as general president of the Young Men. During his eight-year tenure, Goaslind had seven different men as counselors, more than any other Young Men president in history. In 1995, Goaslind was again added to the Presidency of the Seventy. He was released from the Presidency of the Seventy and from the presidency of the Young Men in 1998, when he was granted general authority emeritus status. In the leadership of the Young Men, he was succeeded by Robert K. Dellenbach, his first counselor. From 2000 to 2003, Goaslind was president of the church's Manti Utah Temple.[4]

In 1995, Goaslind was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America in recognition of his efforts to integrate Scouting into the church's Young Men program.

In 2007, he was inducted into the Order of Saint Michael of the Wing by the Royal House of Braganza, which ruled Portugal until 1910. Goaslind was selected for his humanitarian efforts in the former Portuguese colony of São Tomé and Príncipe while he was the president of the British Isles–Africa Area.[5]

In 2011, Goaslind died in Salt Lake City at the age of 83.[6]


  1. ^ "Elder Jack H. Goaslind Jr - Obituary, Salt Lake City, Utah", ObitsUtah, 2011-04-27.
  2. ^ "Jack H. Goaslind Jr, General Authority".
  3. ^ Walking in the Sand: A History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana. (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 2004) p. 200
  4. ^ a b "Elder Jack H. Goaslind, Jr. dies at age 83", Church News, April 28, 2011.
  5. ^ "Elder Goaslind honored", Church News, 2007-10-20, p. 15
  6. ^ Scott Taylor, "Elder Jack H. Goaslind Jr., Mormon emeritus general authority, dies at 83", Deseret News, 2011-04-27.

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Preceded by
Vaughn J Featherstone
General President of the Young Men
Succeeded by
Robert K. Dellenbach