"SALT LAKE CITY — Elder Marion Duff Hanks, 89, a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1953, died Friday, according to the church's Public Affairs Department. He had been an emeritus General Authority since Oct. 3, 1992.
"Elder Hanks was called as a member of the First Council of the Seventy on Oct. 4, 1953, a little more than a week before his 32nd birthday, making him one of the youngest General Authorities ever called in the latter half of the 20th Century.
"He also served as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve from 1968 to 1976. He served twice served in the presidency of the Seventy, from 1976 to 1980, and from 1984 until his release in 1992. In his last conference address, he said that God wants his "offspring" and "heirs" to become all that they can be, to qualify for their inheritance, but they must choose to do so."