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Searchers recover Elder Archibald's body

Elder Dallas N. Archibald of the Seventy, missing for nearly a week following a fishing accident Dec. 14, was confirmed drowned when his body was found by searchers Dec. 20.

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m. in the Salt Lake Eagle Gate Stake Center, 135 N. A St. in Salt Lake City.

Elder Archibald, president of the Chile Area, drowned while fishing in the Biobio River in southern Chile with Pres. David K. Broadbent of the Chile Concepcion Mission.

The two were using float tubes and were about 80 yards apart when Elder Archibald encountered rapids at the confluence of the Biobio and Huequecura Rivers, about 11 miles east of the city of Santa Barbara and 300 miles south of Santiago.

After the Church leader was reported missing, a search was started by local police and firemen. His body was eventually found a little more than a half a mile downstream, said Elder Jerald L. Taylor of the Seventy, first counselor in the Chile Area presidency.

"There were a lot of people fasting and praying," he said. "Even though Elder Archibald had been here only a year and half, he was very much loved and appreciated. He was an outstanding leader who really won the hearts of the Saints down here.

"The members have all been stunned and shocked. It is a tragic situation."

Elder Taylor said while serving as area president in Chile, Elder Archibald had emphasized retention and activation in the area, and encouraged families to be sealed in the temple.

"He had a lot of good ideas and positive things that were being put into effect," said Elder Taylor. "We are very sad that this has happened, but the work will have to go on."

Members of the Los Angeles Chile South Stake, where Elder Archibald had spoken the day before, volunteered to assist the search and helped transport and watch the equipment of the divers.

From the road, the river appears smooth but has a strong undertow and some rapids, especially as the river narrows.

The accident was widely reported in the local press, which was considerate in its coverage of the unfortunate event.

Elder Archibald, 60, was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy June 6, 1992, and was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy April 6, 1996.

He was called as second counselor in the Brazil Area presidency in 1992, and in 1995 he was called as president of the Brazil Area. He served in Brazil until 1997 when he was called as president of the Chile Area.

Prior to his call as a General Authority, he was an international business executive.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Ritchie Archibald, and one daughter.

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