John Newton Donaldson knows what it means to stick with an assignment. The 77-year-old high priest was recently recognized for serving faithfully for 26 years as stake clerk in the Moroni Utah Stake.
Stake Pres. W. Kim Aagard presented Donaldson with a plaque, thanking him for his devoted service from 1964 to 1990 - a tenure that spanned three stake presidencies.In a program, tributes were offered by members of the presidencies with which Donaldson served, and photographs illustrating his service to Church, family and community were shown.
The former clerk, a member of the Moroni 1st Ward, was called by Elder Spencer W. Kimball April 26, 1964, to serve with new stake president Ralph S. Blackham.
"The previous stake presidency had served for 18 years, and President Kimball smiled and said he would be back in another 18 years to release me," laughed Donaldson. "He must have forgot."
After 14 years that presidency was released, but Donaldson was asked to stay on as clerk, serving under stake Pres. John Ramsay. When Pres. Ramsay passed away in 1986, Pres. Aagard was called, and also desired that Donaldson continue to function in his calling.
"He's got to be one of the best stake clerks in the entire Church," praised Pres. Aagard.
Besides his Church service, Donaldson served for eight years on the Sanpete County Commission, as president of the Utah State Association of Counties and as chairman of the Six-County Commissioners Association.
He retired from Moroni Feed Co. after 32 years as office manager and accountant, and has raised turkeys on a farm.
Donaldson is married to the former Ida Olsen Lund, is the step-father to three children and has eight grandchildren.