Adney Y. Komatsu

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Adney Y. Komatsu
Photograph of Adney Y. Komatsu
Emeritus General Authority
October 2, 1993 (1993-10-02) – February 23, 2011 (2011-02-23)
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
First Quorum of the Seventy
October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01) – October 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 4, 1975 (1975-04-04) – October 1, 1976 (1976-10-01)
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
End reason Position discontinued, transferred to First Quorum of the Seventy
Personal details
Born Adney Yoshio Komatsu
(1923-08-02)August 2, 1923
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, United States
Died February 23, 2011(2011-02-23) (aged 87)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Resting place Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery
21°23′21″N 157°47′16″W / 21.3891°N 157.7877°W / 21.3891; -157.7877 (Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery)
Spouse Judy Nobue Fujitani
Children 4
Parents Jizaemon Komatsu
Misao Tabata

Adney Yoshio Komatsu (August 2, 1923 – February 23, 2011) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1975 until his death. Komatsu was the first person of Asian descent to become a general authority of the LDS Church.[1]

Born of Japanese parents in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, Komatsu became a convert to the LDS Church in 1941 at age 17. He was the first Latter-day Saint of Japanese descent to become a bishop in the church. Komatsu was the first person of Asian descent to serve as a regional representative and later as a mission president, serving in the church's Northern Far East Mission from 1965 to 1968.

On April 4, 1975, LDS Church president Spencer W. Kimball called Komatsu to serve as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a general authority. In 1976, when the calling of Assistant to the Twelve was discontinued, Komatsu was ordained to the office of Seventy and became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He served in this capacity until October 1993, when he was designated as an emeritus general authority. During his tenure as a general authority, Komatsu served for several years as the president of the Tokyo Japan Temple.

Komatsu married Japan native Judy Nobue Fujitani in the Laie Hawaii Temple in 1950; the couple have four children. Komatsu died in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2011.

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  1. ^ Yoshihiko Kikuchi was the first native-born Asian to be called as a general authority of the LDS Church.

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