Ernest Eberhard Jr., 79, former LDS Church mission president, mayor, county commissioner and civic leader, died June 29, 1988, in a Bountiful hospital following a stroke.

Mr. Eberhard was a mayor for two terms in Preston, Idaho, where he taught seminary for 26 years; was a Davis County commissioner four years; and served as president of three missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.He and his wife, Nevon, were called in 1972 to the Oregon-Portland Mission and then opened the Idaho-Pocatello and the Utah-Salt Lake City missions.

Mr. Eberhard was bishop 10 years of the Preston 1st Ward, Franklin Stake, and served as director of curriculum for LDS seminaries and institutes.

He was a stake high counselor in the Franklin, Idaho, and Springville, Utah, stakes.

He was a member of the Church Priesthood Correlation Committee, the MIA General Board and was coordinator of the Aaronic Priesthood program for the Presiding Bishopric's office. He was author of four books, including "I Am the Way," on the life of Christ. At the time of his death he was a member of the church Missionary Proselyting Committee.

He was born June 20, 1909, in Stuttgart, Germany, and emigrated with his parents, converts to the church, to the Melba, Idaho, area, about 1913. He later served a mission from 1928 to 1931 to Switzerland and Germany and received bachelor's, master's degrees and an honorary doctorate from Brigham Young University.

The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Centerville South Stake Center, 270 N. Third East. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 N. Main, and from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Centerville Cemetery.