Newsletter of the early Brazilian Missions, #124
April 19, 2010
Dear Elders and Sisters,
This issue of the Brasulista brings the news received today of the passing of Elder William Grant Bangerter, beloved former Mission President of the Brazilian Mission and a giant in the development of the Lord’s work in Brazil.
On behalf of all of us who served in Brazil, and the many Brazilian members who receive the Brasulista, I extend to Sister Bangerter and all of the Bangerter family our deep affection and respect.
Nossos mais sentidos pesames pelo falecimento de seu querido pai. Sem duvida, muitas saudades ficam com a gente...e muitas lembrancas são levadas para o outro lado do veu. Que bencão o plano de felicidade nos concede, ao agir com perspectiva eterna quando nossos familiares concluem sua jornada terrena. Que a paz do Espirito continue acompanhando voces e sua familia. Um abracão sincero de seus irmãos.
The funeral will be Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11 am at the American Fork Tabernacle, next to American Fork Park. There will be a viewing from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
Attached is the account written by Elder Bangerter of the efforts that brought about the more extensive calling of Brazilian young men to be full-time missionaries, which is one of the things which revolutionized the missionary work in Brazil. This account appears in The Collected Works of William Grant Bangerter, p. 545, (available from Howard K. Bangerter, TragedyandTriumph@gmail.com).
Son Paulo Bangerter shares this with us:
This is to let you know that our father President Wm. Grant Bangerter passed away yesterday morning (Sunday, 18 April 2010) at about 5:08 a.m. two months short of his 92nd birthday. He was very alert to the end. All of his children were with him (although 3 were there by phone). He had been struggling with a weak heart and a bad case of pneumonia set in and took him. A nice and brief article on the Deseret News Website today had a few facts wrong – we don’t have a date for the funeral yet. After we had each kissed him we sang some of his beloved Brazilian songs – “Brasil”, “Encosta Tua Cabecinha” and God Be with You Till We Meet Again. He was completely at peace and we know he is reunited with his parents, brothers and sisters, wife Mildred, daughter Elizabeth and many other loved ones.
Below is a timeline of his life that was used to correct the facts that were in error.
Thanks for . . . communicating with all of the missionaries who love and appreciate Brazil so much – and which was such a special place to our father and family.
Yours sincerely, Paulo Bangerter
Monday, April 19, 2010
by Lynn Arave
Published: Monday, April 19, 2010 10:45 a.m. MDT
SALT LAKE CITY — Elder William Grant Bangerter, 91, emeritus general authority and former member of the presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints, died early Monday, according to a church official.
The older brother of former Utah Gov. Norm Bangerter and the father of LDS Relief Society General President Julie Bangerter Beck and 10 other children, Elder Bangerter served 14 years as a general authority of the church. He was granted emeritus status on Sept. 30, 1989.
Elder Bangerter was sustained as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve on April 4, 1975 at the age of 56. He was later sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy on Oct. 1, 1975. He served in the Presidency of the Seventy from Sept. 30, 1978 to April 5, 1980 and again from Feb. 17, 1985 to Sept. 30, 1989.
He had also served as president of Brazilian international mission of the church from 1958-1963. In 1974, he was called to open the Portugal Lisbon mission of the church. He had also been First Counselor in the North American Northeast Area Presidency from 1984-1985.
Prior to his call as a general authority, he had served as the executive director of the Temple Department of the church and also as managing director of the Genealogical Department. During his tenure in the temple department, the number of operating LDS temples increased from 17 to 42, and temple enhancements included increased video presentations for temple sessions, automated computer recording systems, translation of temple instructions into additional languages and presentations for deaf members.
After his emeritus status, he also served as president of the Jordan River Temple from 1990 to 1993.
He was sometimes described as a quiet man, soft-spoken and deliberate, but one who displayed a sense of urgency.
He is also the father of Relief Society General President Julie B. Beck.
Born June 8, 1918, in Granger, he was the second of 11 children to William Henry and Isabelle Bawden Bangerter. He was called as a regional representative for the church in 1967.
He served a first mission to Brazil from 1939-1941 and also in the bishopric of the Granger Ward. He had served as bishop and also as a stake president twice and had served on the church's home teaching committee.
He also spent four years in the armed forces, becoming a U.S. Army Air Force pilot and training squadron commander.
Elder Bangerter had served as vice-chairman of Pioneer Welfare Region, a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees on LDS Hospital and also as chairman of the Magna and Granger seminary boards.
His professional career was farming and also in the building and contracting business. He was considered an excellent carpenter.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and had also done graduate work there, with a major in history.
He married his first wife, Mildred Lee Schwantes, in 1944 and they were the parents of four children, one of whom died at birth. His first wife died of leukemia in 1952. He married Geraldine Hamblin in 1953 and they were the parents of seven children.
Funeral services are pending.
Corrections to article:
He was President of the Brazilian Mission from 1958-1963. His duties as President of the International Mission came later, as a General Authority.
His assignments as Executive Director of the Temple Dept and Genealogy Depts were both as a General Authority as well. Here is the published timeline from a compliation of his talks. . .
WGB HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS
1918 June, 8 Born in Granger, Utah, to William Henry
Bangerter and Isabelle Bawden
Attends Monroe Elementary School in
1924 September Afflicted with Polio or infantile paralysis,
with no aftereffects
1926 Baptized at Granger First Ward
Attends Cyprus High School in Magna,
1936 Receives his Patriarchal Blessing
1936 Starts his farming career
Enrolled at Brigham Young University
1939 February Called to serve a full-time mission in Brazil
Note from Gary Snyder: Elder Bangerter was senior companion to a young Elder James E. Faust in 1939
when they opened the city of Curitiba – home now to 11 stakes and a temple.
1941 October Returns home from his mission
1941 December Called as Second Counselor to the Bishop
of the Granger First Ward
1941 December, 7 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
1942 April, 4 Entered US Military Service
1942 September Accepted as Aviation Cadet
1942 December Primary Flight School, Oxnard, California
1943 February Basic Flight School, Bakersfield, California
1943 April Advanced Flight School, Roswell, New
1943 June Commissioned Second Lieutenant, US
1943 June Randolph Field, Texas, Instructors’ School
The Collected Works of Wm. Grant Bangerter
1943 July Instrument Instructors School, Bryan Air
1943 September Flight Instructor, Instrument Specialist,
1943 September Met Mildred Lee Schwantes
1944 March, 8 Married to Mildred Lee Schwantes, Mesa
1944 April Made Flight Commander
1944 April Made Squadron Commander
1944 June Made High Priest Group Leader, Douglas,
1944 October Tour of Duty (TD) to Randolph Field,
Texas, for B-25 Training
1944 December, 21 Birth of daughter LeeAnn
1945 April Germany surrenders
1945 August Japan surrenders
1945 December Separated from the US Army (continued
1946 March Stake Athletic Director, Teachers Quorum
1945 December Enrolled at University of Utah
1946 December Moved to Basement House
1947 February, 1 Birth of son Cory
1948 June Graduated with Honors from University of
Utah, Bachelor of Arts in History and
1949 July, 14 Birth of daughter Glenda
1950 December Bishop of the Granger First Ward
1951 April, 13 Birth and death of daughter Mildred
1951 May Wife Mildred diagnosed with leukemia
1952 August, 11 Mildred passes away
1953 January Home Building Contractor
1953 October, 14 Married to Geraldine Hamblin
1954 June, 6 President of the Jordan North Stake
1954 September, 29 Birth of daughter Julie
1955 Board of Directors, LDS Hospital
1955 September, 23 Birth of Grant Hamblin
1956 Assistant Chairman of the Pioneer Welfare
1957 March, 23 Birth of son Howard Kent
1958 June President of the Granger Stake
1958 September President of the Brazilian Mission
1958 November Moved to Brazil with family to preside
over the mission
1958 December, 5 Birth of Peggy Brasilia
1959 September Division of the Brazilian Mission, forming
the Brazilian South Mission
1960 July, 14 Birth of son Glenn Paulo
1962 April, 11 Birth of son Layne Rio
1963 August Released from presidency of Brazilian
Mission. Returned home.
1963 September Member of the Church General Home
Teaching and Priesthood Committees
1965 January, 29 Birth of daughter Duella
1967 January Regional Representative of the Twelve (assignments through 1974 included presiding over the Southern Utah, Wyoming, Coalville, Texas, Sandy and Brazil Regions)
1967 January Real Estate Broker
1970 January Real Estate Broker License
1973 November Elected to Alpine, UT City Council
The Collected Works of Wm. Grant Bangerter
1974 August President of the Portugal Lisbon Mission
1975 April, 5 Called as Assistant to the Quorum of the
1975 April Managing Director of the Church
1975 June President of the International Mission
1975 July Released from presidency of Portugal
1976 July Area Supervisor for the Stakes and
Missions in Colorado and Nevada
1976 October Assistants to the Twelve became members
of the First Quorum of Seventy
1977 July Released as President of International
1977 July Executive Administrator of the Brazil Area
1977 November Illness in Brazil
1978 October Called to the Presidency of the First
Quorum of Seventy
1978 November Dedication of the São Paulo Brazil Temple
1980 February Executive Administrator, Provo Area
1980 April Released from Presidency of the Seventy
1980 April Executive Administrator, Chile Area
1981 July Executive Administrator, Ogden Area
1982 July Executive Administrator, Provo Area
1984 February Managing Director of Temple Department
1984 July Area President, North America Northeast
1985 April Presidency of the First Quorum of Seventy
1989 October Assigned General Authority Emeritus
1990 Temple President, Jordan River Temple
1995 Sealing Supervisor, Mount Timpanogos
2003 August, 4 Patriarch, Alpine Utah West Stake