LDS Church leader, attorney Von Keetch dies at age 57

Saturday , January 27, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elder Von G. Keetch of the LDS Church’s General Authority Seventy has died.

Spokesman Eric Hawkins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says Keetch died Friday night after what Hawkins called a “brief and sudden illness.” Keetch was 57.

In addition to serving as a General Authority Seventy elder, Keetch was a Salt Lake City attorney with Kirton McConkie, a firm that represented the church, and he was the executive director of the church’s public affairs department.

He became a General Authority Seventy in April 2015. He previously served as the church’s main outside attorney.

Early in his legal career, he clerked for a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge and for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and for Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement on the passing of Elder Keetch:

"We are deeply saddened to share with you that Elder Von G. Keetch, General Authority Seventy, died this evening following a brief and sudden illness. Elder Keetch has been serving as a General Authority Seventy since April of 2015. Among other assignments, Elder Keetch has been serving as the executive director of the Public Affairs Department. His loss is deeply felt, and we extend our love and prayers to his wife Bernice, his children and loved ones, and pray for the Lord's blessings of peace to be with them at this tender time."

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