J. Richard Clarke
|J. Richard Clarke|
|Emeritus General Authority|
|October 4, 1997|
|Called by||Gordon B. Hinckley|
|Presidency of the Seventy|
|October 1, 1988– August 15, 1993|
|Called by||Ezra Taft Benson|
|End reason||Honorably released|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 6, 1985– October 4, 1997|
|Called by||Spencer W. Kimball|
|End reason||Granted general authority emeritus status|
|Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric|
|October 1, 1976– April 6, 1985|
|Called by||Victor L. Brown|
|End reason||Honorable release of Victor L. Brown and his counselors|
|Born||John Richard Clarke
April 4, 1927
Rexburg, Idaho, United States
John Richard Clarke (born April 4, 1927) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1976. He has been a member of the church's presiding bishopric and a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.
Clarke was born in Rexburg, Idaho. As a young man he served as an LDS Church missionary in South Africa. Prior to his call as a general authority, he served as a bishop, stake president, and regional representative in Idaho. He also returned to South Africa as the president of the church's South Africa Cape Town Mission.
In 1976, Clarke became the second counselor to presiding bishop Victor L. Brown. He served in this capacity until Brown was released in 1985. Clarke was retained as a general authority and became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He became a member of the Presidency of the Seventy in 1988, and served in that capacity until 1997, when he was released and given general authority emeritus status.
- “Bishop J. Richard Clarke of the Presiding Bishopric,” Ensign, November 1976, pp. 139–40