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About William Grant Bangerter
William Grant Bangerter (June 8, 1918 – April 18, 2010) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1975 until his death. In 1989, he was given general authority emeritus status and released from active duties.
Bangerter was born in Granger, Utah. From 1939 to 1941, he served in Brazil as a Mormon missionary. After his mission he graduated from the University of Utah and became a building contractor.
In the LDS Church, Bangerter became a bishop in Granger and was later the president of the North Jordan Stake of the church. From 1958 to 1963, Bangerter was the president of the Brazilian Mission of the church. After serving in Brazil, he became a regional representative of the Twelve. In 1974, he was made the first president of the Portugal Lisbon Mission of the church, and in 1975, he became an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In 1976, when the position of Assistant to the Twelve was abolished, Bangerter became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He twice served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, in 1978 to 1980 and from 1985 to 1989, at which time he was given general authority emeritus status and released from active duties.
From 1990 to 1993, Bangerter was the president of the Jordan River Utah Temple. He later worked in the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple and from 2003 until his death was a patriarch in the Alpine Utah West Stake.
Bangerter is the father of 11 children. In 1944, he married Mildred Lee Schwantes, with whom he had four children. Mildred died of leukemia in 1952. In 1953, Bangerter married Geraldine Hamblin and they became the parents of seven children.
Bangerter is the elder brother of Norman H. Bangerter, who was governor of Utah from 1985 to 1993. He is the father of Julie B. Beck, who became the general president of the LDS Church Relief Society in 2007.