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Elder Royden G. Derrick dies at 94 in Salt Lake City

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 9 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

Elder Royden Glade Derrick, 94, a former Utah industrialist and an emeritus general authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Dec. 7, 2009, at his Salt Lake home of causes incident to age.

He was sustained as a member to the First Quorum of the Seventy on Oct. 1, 1976, and served in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy from Oct. 5, 1980, to Oct. 6, 1984. He was named an emeritus general authority on Sept. 30, 1989.

At the time of his call to be a general authority, he was serving as president of the Ireland Dublin Mission, having just completed service as mission president over the Northern England (Leeds) Mission.

On Jan. 1, 1979, he was called as executive director of the Genealogical Department. In 1984, Elder Derrick was called as president of the Seattle Temple. He later served as a counselor in the North America Northeast Area presidency.

His church talks often centered on personal diligence and integrity.

Elder Derrick was a high-priest group leader in the Monument Park 2nd Ward from 1971 to 1973 and a member of the Monument Stake presidency from 1957 to 1966. He also served as a counselor in the Monument Park Ward bishopric from 1948 to 1954 and was a guide on Temple Square from 1954 to 1973. His other church service included being a member of the General Sunday School Presidency and high councilor.

Born in Salt Lake City on Sept. 7, 1915, he was a shy boy growing up in the Avenues of Salt Lake and a frequent visitor to City Creek Canyon. He attended Salt Lake City public schools, LDS Business College and later the University of Utah, where he studied engineering.

He married Allie Jean Olsen of Monroe on May 28, 1938, in the Salt Lake Temple.

He organized the Western Steel Co. in 1945. From humble beginnings, it expanded to become the largest steel fabricating industry in the western United States.

Between 1959 and 1965, he served as chairman of the governing body of the U. He also served as chairman of the board of the Salt Lake Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for several years and on many other business, civic and government boards.

He was instrumental in promoting the Partners of the Americas organization, which related the people of the United States with people of Latin America through self-help programs, and he served as chairman of its national board for several years.

Elder Derrick was recognized for his service through numerous local and national awards, including an honorary doctorate of humanities from the U. He received a Merit of Honor Award from the U. Emeritus Alumni Association in May 1996. He also received honorary citizenship from La Paz, Mexico.

Elder Derrick loved to fish, and he liked to pheasant and duck hunt, often going with President Thomas S. Monson.

"He was a great listener," his son David said, explaining his father also often referred to himself as being in the "people-building business."

Elder Derrick and his wife had four children; 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 12, noon, at the Ensign Stake Center, 135 E. A St. Friends may call prior to services from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; or on Friday, Dec. 11, 6 to 8 p.m., at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple. Burial will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

e-mail: lynn@desnews.com

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