Charles W. Dahlquist II

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Charles W. Dahlquist II
10th BSA National Commissioner
Assumed office
May 26, 2016
Preceded by Tico Perez
20th LDS Young Men General President
In office
April 3, 2004 – April 4, 2009
President Gordon B. Hinckley
Preceded by F. Melvin Hammond
Succeeded by David L. Beck
Personal details
Born Charles Winston Dahlquist II
Provo, Utah, U.S.
Spouse(s) Zella Darley
Alma mater Brigham Young University (B.A.)
University of Utah (J.D.)

Charles Winston Dahlquist II (born 1947) is an American attorney and youth organizational leader. He was the 20th General President of the Young Men organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 2004 to 2009, and has been the 10th National Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America since 2016.


Born in Provo, Utah, to Charles Winston Dahlquist and Afton Ahlander, Dahlquist grew up in Boise, Idaho. He earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from the University of Utah. He is a member of the law firm of Kirton and McConkie and was involved in medical malpractice defense and risk managagement law. He married Zella B. Darley in the Salt Lake Temple on June 2, 1969, and they are the parents of five daughters.

Church service[edit]

He served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Swiss Mission in the 1960s and has been a stake president and president of the Germany Hamburg Mission.

On April 3, 2004, LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley asked that Dahlquist become the general president of the church's Young Men auxiliary.[1] It was the first time since Neil D. Schaerrer was appointed to the same position in 1977 that a church general authority was not the Young Men general president. Dahlquist asked Dean R. Burgess and Michael A. Neider to be his counselors in the Young Men general presidency. In 2009, Dahlquist was succeeded by David L. Beck. Dahlquist was the 20th president of the Young Men in its history.


Dahlquist has been involved in Scouting most of his life and is a recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award,[2] the highest honor the BSA can bestow on an adult for service to youth. In August 2009, Dahlquist was named president-elect of the Great Salt Lake Council of the BSA.[3] In May 2016, Dahlquist was named National Commissioner for the BSA.[4]



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
F. Melvin Hammond
Young Men General President
Succeeded by
David L. Beck