David Lawrence McKay, Salt Lake Attorney and Church Leader, died in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 27, 1993 of natural causes.
He was 92.Born in Ogden, Utah on September 30, 1901, he was the oldest son of former LDS Church President David O. McKay and Emma Ray Riggs McKay. After attending public schools in Ogden he graduated from the University of Utah in 1926. He served an LDS mission in Switzerland and studied at the Sorbonne Institute in Paris, France, receiving a Certificat of Psychologie. He taught French at the University of Utah and McKinley Tech High School in Washington, D.C.
He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree at the George Washington University and his Master of Laws Degree at the Harvard Law School, after which he returned to Salt Lake City to practice law. He was a founding partner of the law firm of McKay, Burton, and Thurman.
He has served on a number of Boards of Directors, including Zion's Utah Bancorporation, KIRO Inc., Bonneville International, Utah-Idaho Sugar, Mineral Fertilizer, Murdock Travel, and English Oil Co. He also served as legal counsel to several of these corporations.
Active in civic and community affairs, he was a member of the Utah Institute of Fine Arts, Utah Symphony Board, and Utah Coordinating Council of Higher Education. In 1986 he received the Merit of Honor Award from the Emeritus Club of U of U.
Lawrence McKay was an active leader in the LDS Church. He was named as a member of the Church's Sunday School General Board in 1944 and as a member of the Superintendency in 1949. He served as General Superintendent from 1966 until his call as President of the Eastern States Mission in 1971. He was a member of the Church's Pacific Board of Education and also the Polynesian Cultural Center. He also served as a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple.
After his retirement from active law practice, he wrote a book about the life and service of his father, David O. McKay, published by the Deseret Book Company. He had a great love for music and was an accomplished violinist.Comment on this story
He married Mildred Calderwood and they had four children: Midene (Mrs. Howard) Anderson of Los Angeles, Calif.; Teddy Lyn (Mrs. Richard) Parmley of Cupertino, Calif.; Catherine (Mrs. Gerald) Iba of Santa Monica, Calif; and Joyce (Mrs. Robert) Bennett of Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. He is survived by two brothers, Edward McKay and Robert McKay, both of Salt Lake City; and two sisters, Lou Jean (Mrs. Russell) Blood of St. George and Emma Rae (Mrs. Conway) Ashton of Salt Lake City; as well as his widow, children, 21 grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Royle and Llewelyn.
Funeral services will be held 12 noon Saturday October 30, 1993, Salt Lake Stake Center, 142 West 200 North. Friends may call Friday 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple and at ward one hour prior to services on Saturday. Interment Salt Lake City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Utah Symphony, 123 West South Temple, SLC, UT 84101 or Primary Childrens Medical Center, 100 North Medical Drive, SLC, UT 84113.
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