SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Elder J. Thomas Fyans, an emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died May 18, 2008, at his home after celebrating his much anticipated 90 th birthday with family members on Saturday. The cause of death was incident to age. Funeral services are pending.
Elder Fyans was called to be a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on 1 October 1976, after previously serving two and one-half years as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and nearly seven years as a Regional Representative of the Twelve. He served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from October 1976 until October 1985, and as president of the St. George Utah Temple from August 1992 until September 1995. Elder Fyans became an emeritus member of the Quorum of the Seventy in 1989.
As a young man, Elder Fyans served as a missionary in Latin America. He later served in the Church as a bishop, stake president’s counselor, president of the Uruguay Mission (1960-1964), and a member of the Priesthood Missionary Committee.
Elder Fyans worked 20 years as an executive for Z.C.M.I. Department Store. He then became director of distribution and translation for the Church, and then administrative director for the Presiding Bishopric. He was also active in civic affairs, especially with the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees).
J. Thomas Fyans was born in Moreland, Idaho, in May 1918. He married Helen Cook in 1943 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of five daughters.