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New mission presidents

Published: Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000

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Eight new mission presidents have been called by the First Presidency. The mission presidents and their wives will begin their service about July 1. Their assignments will be announced later. Here are their names and biographical information:

Don Leo Andrew, 63, Riverside Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont Stake; temple ordinance worker and high priests group leader; former high priests group instructor, counselor in stake presidency, bishop and counselor, and high councilor; owner of dental laboratory; studied business at Santa Ana College and BYU; born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Leo Guy and Orpha Utahna Nielson Andrew; married Claudia Ann Chester; six children. She is a temple ordinance worker and ward music chairman; former family history center director, Young Women president and adviser, seminary teacher, and ward Relief Society president; received bachelor's degree in elementary education at California State University at Long Beach; born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Charles Gordon and Mary North Chester.

Kyle C. Blacker, 49, Nampa 4th Ward, Nampa Idaho Stake; stake missionary; former stake president, bishop, stake Young Men president, high councilor, bishop's counselor and ward Young Men president; co-owner of Blacker's Furniture, NuWest Financial and JKB Investments; studied business at BYU; born in Nampa, Idaho, to Talmage C. and Lily Cook Blacker; married Deborah Kae Millar; five children. She is a Sunday School teacher; former ward Relief Society president, counselor in stake and ward Young Women presidency, ward Young Women president, counselor in ward Primary presidency, and counselor in stake Relief Society presidency; studied fashion merchandising at BYU; born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Bryce Dial and Donna Rae Polson Millar.

R. Lavor Cardon, 55, Mays Pond Ward, Everett Washington Stake; bishop; former high councilor, teachers quorum adviser, bishop and counselor, and elders quorum president; owner of Cascade Country Homes Inc.; received master's and bachelor's degrees from BYU in accounting and mathematics; born in Durango, Colo., to Joseph Phillip and Anna Marie Rothlisberger Cardon; married Marilyn Pessner; five children. She is a ward Relief Society secretary; former seminary teacher, Mia Maid adviser, Young Women secretary, Sunday School gospel doctrine teacher, ward music chairman, and ward Primary secretary; violin teacher; received bachelor's degree in music at BYU and University of Washington; born in Chico, Calif., to Richard Oswin and Emma Jean Humphrey Pessner.

Dale H. Larkin, 58, St. George 16th Ward, St. George Utah East Stake; counselor in stake presidency; former stake executive secretary, high councilor, bishop's counselor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Central American Mission; secretary-treasurer of L&L Mechanical; received bachelor's degree in geography from BYU; born in St. George, Utah, to Herman J. and Montrue B. Grey Larkin; married Dixie Kay Barnum; five children. She is a stake Relief Society board member; former ward music chairman, ward Relief Society president, stake Young Women president, counselor in ward Relief Society presidency and ward Primary presidency; received bachelor's degree in elementary education and attended BYU, Utah State University and Southern Utah University; born in Cedar City, Utah, to Leon and Alice Truman Barnum.

Michael John Preece, 57, Monument Park 12th Ward, Salt Lake Monument Park North Stake; Tabernacle Choir member; former bishop, high priests group leader, high councilor, branch president, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Northeast British Mission; cardiologist; received medical degree from University of Utah; born in Burley, Idaho, to William John and Margaret Paxman Preece; married Merilee Tanner; six children. She is a young adult Sunday School teacher; former counselor in ward Relief Society presidency, ward Young Women president, and counselor in stake Young Women presidency; received bachelor's degree in nursing at University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Richard Stewart and Anna Dale Storrs Tanner.

Leonard Cahoon Romney, 60, Yalecrest 2nd Ward, Salt Lake Bonneville Stake; young adult Sunday School teacher; former assistant in high priests group leadership, stake president's counselor, high councilor, bishop's counselor and missionary in South and West German missions; assistant vice president at University of Colorado; received doctorate in university administration from University of Colorado; born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Miles Pratt and Janice Cahoon Romney; married Kathryn Cannon; four children. She is a counselor in ward Primary presidency; former counselor in stake Relief Society presidency, Primary music leader, young adult Sunday School teacher, counselor in ward Young Women presidency, and teacher in Young Women, Primary and Relief Society; seventh-grade teacher; received master's degree in education from Utah State University; born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Paul Bennion and Oa Jacobs Cannon.

Joseph Grant Turner, 62, Fort Collins 1st Ward, Fort Collins Colorado Stake; area adviser for Sigma Gamma Chi; former stake president's counselor, high councilor, bishop and counselor, district missionary, and missionary in Brazil; professor at Colorado State University; received doctorate in family relations at Pennsylvania State University; born in Elko, Nev., to Grant William and Mary Gladys Murdoch Turner; married Sherri Lee Biddulph; six children. She is an area adviser for Lambda Delta Sigma; former ward Young Women president, stake and ward Relief Society president, ward Primary president and district Young Women president; received bachelor's degree in elementary education from BYU; born in Provo, Utah, to Reed and Ruth Anita Morris Biddulph.

Steven C. Wheelwright, 56, Belmont Ward, Cambridge Massachusetts Stake; counselor in stake presidency; former high councilor, stake Young Men president, bishop, Scoutmaster, and missionary in North Scottish/Scottish missions; senior associate dean and professor at Harvard University; received MBA and doctorate at Stanford University; born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Max and Deborah Ann Coulam Wheelwright; married Margaret Steele ; five children. She is a stake Relief Society president; former family history coordinator, stake Young Women president, seminary teacher and counselor in ward Primary presidency; received bachelor's and master's degrees in child development at Wheelock College; born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to John Hermon and Marye Hanegan Steele.