Grampa Bill's General Authority Pages
John K. Carmack John K. (Kay) Carmack


1931 - living
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  • Born 1931 Winslow, Arizona
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to West Central States 1951-1953
  • Married Shirley Fay Allen; five children
  • Counselor in Bishopric, High Councilor, Counselor to Stake President, Stake President, Regional Representative
  • President of Idaho Boise Mission 1981-1984
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1984-2001
  • Released from First Quorum and granted Emeritus Status 2001

    Elder John K. Carmack of the Seventy was posessed of a testimony from early childhood. He recounted a story illustrative of his faith to a staff writer from the Ensign. When he was only five years old, young John received a knife for Christmas. As children are wont to do, he lost the knife, and he was heartbroken. So I got down and prayed, and immediately I was able to find it, he explained. That answer to a child's prayer of faith left an unforgettable impression. Ive had a testimony of the gospel from the days of my youth,
    John K. Carmack was born May 10, 1931 in Winslow Arizona to Cecil E. Carmack and his wife, Gladys Bushman. John was reared in a strong Latter-day Saint home and was thus baptized a member of the Church while yet a child, and received the Aaronic Priesthood as a youth.
    After High school, John entered Brigham Young University where he completed two years of study. After receiving the Mechizedek Priesthood, he accepted a call to serve as a full-time Missionary to the West Central States from 1951 to 1953. Then after an honorable release, he returned to BYU where he completed his studies and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree. A stint in the military followed. While in Korea serving as an LDS Military Group Leader, John was privileged to greet the first two missionaries to arrive in that ancient land.
    After completing his military obligation and returning to civilian life, John determined to pursue the study of law. He enrolled in the University of California at Los Angeles where he earned the Juris Doctor Degree. He entered into the private practice of law and became president of his law firm.
    John met Shirley Fay Allen while she was pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition. They fell in love and married. The couple would rear five children.
    John K, Carmack was ever involved in lifting his community. He served as chairman of the board of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, president of the Westwood Bar Association, a member of the Los Angeles executive council for the Boy Scouts of America, and was president-elect of the BYU Alumni Association when this came into conflict with another more important calling.
    In the Church John accepted numerous calls. Through the years he was a a public communications council chairman, member of the Westwood Second Ward bishopric, member of the stake high council, counselor in stake presidencies for seven years, president of the Los Angeles California Stake, and Regional Representative, and through all this was able to juggle the callings of his family, his community, his profession, and the Church. Then in 1981, while awaiting investiture as president of the BYU Alumni Association, he was called into full-time Church service as President of the Idaho Boise Mission. He served as Mission President from 1981 through 1984 and was anticipating a return home when a call came to an indefinite term of full-time service to his Church and his God.
    In the 154th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held in April of 1984, Elder John K. Carmack was ordained a Seventy and sustained as a member of the First Quorum of Seventy, thus beginning his tenure as a General Authority. Through the years, he would fill many calls an various Area Presidencies and the General Auxillary Presidencies of the Church.
    Then in the 171st Semi-annual General Conference held October 6 and 7 of 2001, Elder Elder John Kay Carmack was released from the First Quorum of Seventy and named an Emeritus General Authority. Even as he was being released as a General Authority, Elder Carmack was named as the Managing Director of the Perpetual Education Fund, a fund set up on the same pattern as the Perpetual Emigration Fund, but established to help in the education of returned missionaries from impoverished areas of the world. In announcing the release and the new calling, President Gordon B. Hinckley quipped, "We've worn him out on one side; now we're going to flip him over and wear out the other side."

Bibliography:
    The Ensign; May 1984; "News of the Church: Elder John K. Carmack of the Seventy"
    Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac; p.27
    Conference Report; 171st Semi-annual General Conference


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