Elder Royden G. Derrick, dies at 94

Elder Royden G. Derrick, former member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and First Quorum of the Seventy, passed away in his home in Salt Lake City on Dec. 7, 2009. He was 94.

He was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy on Oct. 1, 1976, and served in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy from Oct. 5, 1980, to October 6, 1984.

During his call to the Seventy, Elder Derrick had many assignments. He served as managing director of the Church’s Missionary Department from 1977-79, executive director of the Church’s Genealogical Department (now the Family History Department) from 1979-84 and as the president of the Seattle Washington Temple from 1984-87.

Elder Derrick served as second counselor in the North America Northeast Area presidency from 1987-88 and second counselor in the Asia Area presidency from 1988-89. He became an emeritus member of the Seventy on September 30, 1989.

Prior to his call to the Seventy, Elder Derrick presided over the England North Mission (which became the England Leeds Mission while he was there) from 1973-76, and after being home from England for only 48 hours, was called to preside over the Ireland Dublin Mission from 1976-77. He also served as a member of the General Superintendency of the Sunday Schools along with a variety of administrative and teaching positions in the Church.

Elder Derrick told the Church News after his call to the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1976, “Missionary work is the most exciting and the most satisfying work that I’ve ever gotten into. It’s the process of changing the lives of people.”

In his professional life, Elder Derrick organized the Western Steel Company in 1945, which then became a major factor in Western United States steel industry. He also served as the chairman of the governing body of the University of Utah from 1959-65 and as chairman of the board of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for many years. In addition to his Church service, Elder Derrick consistently served on business, civic and government boards.

He was raised in Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah, where he studied engineering. There he met Allie Jean Olsen, whom he married in 1938.

Elder Derrick was born on Sept. 7, 1915, to Margaret Glade and Hyrum H. Derrick in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is survived by his his wife and they have four children, 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for Dec. 12 at noon in the Ensign Stake Center, 135 E. A St. in Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may call prior to services from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or on Friday, Dec. 11, 6 to 8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple.