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Chronological listing of deathdates of apostles (apostlep ** )

 A chronological listing of the death-dates of our apostles 


 

                                                                   Time elapsed since 
      Apostle               Deathdate          Age at death     previous apostle's death

01 David W Patten          25 Oct 1838     38 years 10 months     1st apostle to die

02 Hyrum Smith             27 Jun 1844     44 years 05 months     05 years 08 months

03 Joseph Smith            27 Jun 1844     38 years 06 months     minutes

04 Oliver Cowdery          03 Mar 1850     43 years 05 months     05 years 08 months

05 Willard Richards        11 Mar 1854     49 years 09 months     04 years 00 months

06 Jedediah M Grant        01 Dec 1856     40 years 09 months     02 years 09 months

07 Lyman E Johnson         20 Dec 1856     45 years 02 months     19 days

08 Parley P Pratt          13 May 1857     50 years 01 month      05 months

09 Lyman Wight             31 Mar 1858     63 years 10 months     10 months

10 Luke S Johnson          09 Dec 1861     54 years 01 month      03 years 09 months

11 Thomas B Marsh             Jan 1866     66 years 01 month      04 years 01 month

12 John E Page             14 Oct 1867     68 years 08 months     01 year 09 months

13 Heber C Kimball         22 Jun 1868     67 years 00 months     08 months

14 Ezra T Benson           03 Sep 1869     58 years 06 months     01 year 02 months

15 Joseph A Young          05 Aug 1875     40 years 10 months     05 years 11 months

16 George A Smith          10 Sep 1875     58 years 02 months     36 days

17 Amasa M Lyman           04 Feb 1877     63 years 11 months     01 year 06 months

18 Brigham Young           29 Aug 1877     76 years 03 months     07 months

19 Orson Hyde              28 Nov 1878     73 years 10 months     01 year 03 months

20 Orson Pratt             03 Oct 1881     70 years 01 month      02 years 10 months

21 William E M'Lellin      24 Apr 1883     77 years 03 months     01 year 07 months

22 Charles C Rich          17 Nov 1883     74 years 03 months     07 months

23 John Taylor             25 Jul 1887     78 years 08 months     03 years 08 months

24 Erastus Snow            27 May 1888     69 years 06 months     10 months

25 Albert Carrington       19 Sep 1889     76 years 08 months     01 year 04 months

26 John E Boynton          20 Oct 1890     79 years 01 month      01 year 01 month

27 Daniel H Wells          24 Mar 1891     76 years 05 months     05 months

28 William B Smith         13 Nov 1894     82 years 10 months     03 years 08 months

29 Abraham H Cannon        14 Jul 1896     37 years 04 months     01 year 08 months

30 Wilford Woodruff        02 Sep 1898     91 years 06 months     02 years 01 months

31 Franklin D Richards     09 Dec 1899     78 years 08 months     01 year 03 months

32 George Q Cannon         12 Apr 1901     74 years 03 months     01 year 04 months

33 Lorenzo Snow            10 Oct 1902     87 years 06 months     01 year 06 months

34 Brigham Young, Jr       11 Apr 1903     66 years 04 months     06 months

35 Abraham O Woodruff      20 Jun 1904     31 years 07 months     01 year 02 months

36 Marriner W Merrill      06 Feb 1906     73 years 04 months     01 year 08 months

37 George Teasdale         09 Jun 1907     75 years 07 months     01 year 04 months

38 Moses Thatcher          21 Aug 1909     67 years 06 months     02 years 02 months

39 John Henry Smith        13 Oct 1911     63 years 01 months     02 years 02 months

40 John W Taylor           10 Oct 1916     58 years 05 months     05 years 00 months

41 Francis M Lyman         18 Nov 1916     76 years 10 months     39 days

42 Hyrum Mack Smith        23 Jan 1918     45 years 10 months     01 year 02 months

43 Joseph F Smith          19 Nov 1918     80 years 00 months     10 months  

44 Anthon H Lund           02 Mar 1921     76 years 10 months     02 years 04 months

45 John W Young            11 Feb 1924     79 years 04 months     02 years 11 months

46 Charles W Penrose       15 May 1925     93 years 03 months     01 year 03 months

47 Orson F Whitney         16 May 1931     75 years 10 months     06 years 00 months

48 James E Talmage         27 Jul 1933     70 years 10 months     02 years 02 months

49 Anthony W Ivins         23 Sep 1934     82 years 00 months     01 year 02 months

50 Alonzo A Hinckley       22 Dec 1936     66 years 08 months     02 years 03 months

51 Melvin J Ballard        30 Jul 1939     66 years 06 months     02 years 07 months

52 Matthias F Cowley       16 Jun 1940     80 years 10 months     11 months

53 Reed Smoot              09 Feb 1941     79 years 01 month      08 months

54 Sylvester Q Cannon      29 May 1943     65 years 11 months     02 years 03 months

55 Rudger Clawson          21 Jun 1943     86 years 03 months     24 days

56 Heber J Grant           14 May 1945     88 years 06 months     01 year 11 months

57 Charles A Callis        21 Jan 1947     81 years 08 months     01 year 08 months

58 George F Richards       08 Aug 1950     89 years 06 months     03 years 07 months

59 George Albert Smith     04 Apr 1951     81 years 00 months     08 months

60 Joseph F Merrill        03 Feb 1952     83 years 05 months     10 months

61 John A Widtsoe          29 Nov 1952     80 years 10 months     10 months

62 Albert E Bowen          15 Jul 1953     77 years 08 months     08 months

63 Matthew Cowley          13 Dec 1953     56 years 04 months     05 months

64 Adam S Bennion          11 Feb 1958     71 years 02 months     04 years 01 months

65 Stephen L Richards      19 May 1959     79 years 11 months     01 year 03 months

66 J Reuben Clark          06 Oct 1961     90 years 01 month      02 years 05 months

67 George Q Morris         23 Apr 1962     88 years 02 months     06 months

68 Henry D Moyle           18 Sep 1963     74 years 05 months     01 year 05 months         

69 Richard R Lyman         31 Dec 1963     93 years 01 month      03 months

70 David O McKay           18 Jan 1970     96 years 04 months     06 years 01 month

71 Richard L Evans         01 Nov 1971     65 years 07 months     01 year 09 months

72 Joseph Fielding Smith   02 Jul 1972     95 years 11 months     08 months

73 Harold B Lee            26 Dec 1973     74 years 09 months     01 year 06 months

74 Hugh B Brown            02 Dec 1975     92 years 01 month      01 year 11 months                                                 

75 Alvin R Dyer            06 Mar 1977     74 years 02 months     01 year 05 months

76 Delbert L Stapley       19 Aug 1978     81 years 08 months     01 year 03 months

77 N Eldon Tanner          27 Nov 1982     84 years 06 months     04 years 03 months

78 LeGrand Richards        11 Jan 1983     96 years 11 months     02 months

79 Mark E Petersen         11 Jan 1984     83 years 02 months     01 year 00 month

80 Bruce R McConkie        19 Apr 1985     69 years 08 months     01 year 03 months

81 Spencer W Kimball       05 Nov 1985     90 years 08 months     07 months

82 Marion G Romney         20 May 1988     90 years 08 months     02 years 06 months

83 Marvin J Ashton         25 Feb 1994     78 years 10 months     05 years 09 months

84 Ezra Taft Benson        30 May 1994     94 years 10 months     03 months

85 Howard W Hunter         03 Mar 1995     87 years 03 months     09 months

86 Neal A Maxwell          21 Jul 2004     78 years 00 months     09 years 05 months

87 David B Haight          31 Jul 2004     97 years 11 months     10 days

88 James E Faust           10 Aug 2007     87 years 00 months     03 years 00 months

89 Gordon B Hinckley       27 Jan 2008     97 years 07 months     06 months

90 Joseph B Wirthlin       01 Dec 2008     91 years 06 months     10 months

91 L Tom Perry             30 May 2015     92 years 10 months     06 years 06 months

92 Boyd K Packer           03 Jul 2015     90 years 10 months     01 month

93 Richard G Scott         22 Sep 2015     86 years 11 months     02 months

94 Robert D Hales          01 Oct 2017     85 years 01 month      02 years 01 month

95 Thomas S Monson         02 Jan 2018     90 years 04 months     03 months

Interesting notes:

  1. From David W Patten to Thomas S Monson, we have had 95 apostles die in a span of 179 years and 02 months (October 25, 1838 to January 2, 2018). Thus, the average length of time between the deaths of our latter-day apostles is 1 year and 11 months.
  2. Not until the year 2015 had three apostles passed away in the same calendar year (Elders Perry, Packer, and Scott passed away within 4 months of each other in 2015).  In the early 1950’s, we had six apostles die in the span of 3 years and 5 months
    (Elders George F Richards, George Albert Smith, Marriner W Merrill, John A Widtsoe, Albert E. Bowen, and Matthew Cowley).
  3. Twice we had two prophets pass away sequentially, with no other apostles passing away in the interim (Presidents Smith and Lee, and Presidents Benson and Hunter).

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