Eldred G. Smith dies, Elder Eldred G. Smith, the oldest Mormon church general authority and oldest known Utahn, has died at the age of 106.
Smith, who was born in Lehi, died Thursday night.
During his 32 years as church patriarch, he traveled to every continent and gave more than 18,000 blessings. He had been an emeritus church patriarch since 1979.
Provo’s Daily Herald reports he had five children, 24 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren as of a year ago.