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Elder Richard G. Scott speaks during the 158th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1988.

Some important events in the life of Elder Richard G. Scott:

Nov. 7, 1928 — Born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Kenneth Leroy Scott and Mary Eliza Whittle Scott.

1950 — Received degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington University.

1950-1953 — Served mission to Uruguay.

July 16, 1953 — Married Jeanene Watkins in the Manti Temple.

1953-1965 — Served on the staff of Navy Adm. Hyman Rickover, directing the development of nuclear fuel for naval and land-based power plants.

July 1965-1969 — Served as president of the Argentina North Mission.

Nov. 30, 1969 — Sustained as an alternate high councilor in the Washington Stake.

Sept. 13, 1970 — Sustained as first counselor in the Washington Stake presidency.

1972 — Called as a regional representative to the Richmond and Potomac regions.

April 2, 1977 — Sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy.

Oct. 1, 1983 — Sustained to the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

Oct. 1, 1988 — Sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve.

Oct. 6, 1988 — Ordained an apostle.

April 1, 1989 — His first general conference address focuses on trust in the Lord.

May 15, 1995 — Beloved wife Jeanene passes away.

April 14, 2008 — Receives an honorary doctorate from BYU.

Oct. 9, 2009 — Receives the Visionary Leadership Award from the New York Latter-Day Saint Professional Association.

November 2010 — His watercolor paintings exhibited at Deseret Book in Salt Lake City for eight weeks.

April 2013 — Publishes the book “21 Principles: Divine Truths to Help You Live by the Spirit.”

April 4, 2015 — Missed speaking during the 185th Annual General Conference for health reasons and watched the proceedings from home.

April 23, 2015 — Hospitalized due to gastrointestinal bleeding caused by a stomach ulcer.

May 8, 2015 — The LDS Church announces that 86-year-old Elder Scott will no longer be participating in quorum meetings due to "a fading memory incident to age."

July 10, 2015 — Elder Scott and many other church leaders attend the funeral of President Boyd K. Packer.

Sept. 22, 2015 — Passes away at 1:45 p.m. He was 86.