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Mormon Church president David McKay dead at 96 SALT CITY (UW- President David 0. McKay of the Church of Jesus Chris! of Latter-day Saints died early Sunday following an illness of several months He was 96. The spiritual leader of the world's million Mormons lapsed into a coma shor.ly after midnight at his Hold Uath apartment and died at fla.m. His physician. Dr.
Allen T. McFarlani'. -aid McKay died of an "acute of the heart" which began after midnigin. McKay had been in failing health lor sev- era 1 months and had become worse in the last few clays from lieari and kiuiev failure complications. MacFarlane said.
His wife of C9 years. Emma Kay, was his bedside when he dicJ, as were six of their seven children. His Robert said Me Kay a "s-parcii'ily without pain" during his final few hours and "peacefully." SERVICES Funeral services were tentatively for Thursday in the Sr.ll Lake Ta- ben.i.cle, bu. details will be decided Monday at a meeting of the church's Council of the Twelve. was sustained as the ninth prophet, seer revelalor" of (he Mormon Nixon, LBJ mourn Mormon leader Nixon and former President Johnson expressed grief Sunday at the deal!) of David 0.
McKay, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of La'tter-Day Saints. "Today the Mormon Church has'been deprived of a distinguished and great leader." Nixon said. "And America has lost a foremost citizen and human being." "We grieve the death of David 0. McKay in the com- fc' 1 ng knowledge thai his life will continue lo bring strength and lo his three million followers and lo the nation hi Invul and served so well." Johnson, in his statement, said, "Mrs. Johnson and were saddened to learn of the death of that great religious leader and our friend.
To the Mormon Church and to the people his life's work will he a -sustaining force for long years beyond this day. His profound commiiment to his fellow man and his faith inspired us to upL't our hopes anl our sights toward a better world." Nixon and Johnson joined church leaders in mourning McKay's death. "His death is a shock lo the members of the church," saM Winfield Cannon, president of the western German mission in Frankfurt! "He's been a president and a prophet. Under his leadership the Mormon Church went through its greatest period of growth and expansion in Ilin world. The church developed to the point that thei world has a better understanding -of our beliefs than before.
"Due to his long infirmity, his death lias not been unexpected." Slides continue in Oakland hills OAKLAND uUPl) You can just sit end watch pieces, big pieces, falling right out of the hillside," said Philip Wei- cherl, whose home is among 14 fhrealened by a slow-moving slide in The Oakland Hills. A section of a street slipped another thiee inches Sunday on the hiilside, which had to be cordoned off by police to keep away a deluge of sightseers. of the homes, valued at between 530,000 and $40,000, have cracks in the walls and ceilings. One home, which sal on the edge of a 100-foot cliff, was abandoned. The hillside moved two feet after battering rain drenched California for a week.
The slow moving slide, measuring 500 by 800 feel, cracked streets and sidewalks, burst a water main, and forced crews to relocate utility poles. Weichert said city engineers were making a crash study of Ihe area and would do test- boring Monday, but it may be "too little, too late." "It's up to Ihe man upstairs, believe me." Weicherl said. The landslide also forced Shell Oil Co. to close a 10-inch jet fuel pipeline, culiin; 1 three metropolitan airports off from a major source. A Shell spokesman said fuel is now being trucked from a Martinez refinery to Oakland International, San Francisco International and San Jose Airports.
The slide resulted from a fractured rock formation, 25 to 45 feet below the surface, i was lubricated by heavy rains. Geologists said the earth has been moving for months but was accelerated by the recent rainstorms. Many of the residents have been living on the hillside for 20 or 30 years but it was only last year that any major damage occurred because of movement, and was limited to one badly cracked home. Now, the residents have an association and hope something can be done before the damage increases. Insurance will not cover the cost of a home damaged by slides.
The Oakland City Council has already authorized $20,000 for a study. Weichert said residents are also looking for other ways of getting help, and hope to have Shell Oil Company as an ally. "We're not trying to antagonize anyone," he said. "We're just saying please." Explosion rocks i. Karl Marx tomb LONDON (UPI)-A bomb 'blaii Sunday damaged Karl Marx's tomb and vandal? mutilated l-ioouhfeh memorial lo the i9th century economissl whose theories led to modern communism.
"We have no reason lo consider it an orgviized antiCom- muiiisl act, bul we are' investigating," said a spokesman for Scotland Yard. The a a 1 apparently climbed up the memorial, in HighgrUe Cemetery in North and partly sawed through the nose-of a b'lsfoF Marx three linies largei-lhan- ie. The spokesman said tne nose was still intacl, "but noi very." The explosion shallcred two Ifirge slow. 1 slabs hearing an inscripM'jn in cf Ihe lomb, he said. Swastikas were plastered, on Ihe a a i of Ihe monument's base.
The lomb has been defaced several limus in recenl years, although never icwly. 1385 police closed down the cemetery for several hours when they discovered slicks of dynamite lo a detonator near the grave. A member of an anti-Communist Cuban nationalist association later claimed his organization was responible. The monument was built at a ccsi of when the bodies of Marx, his wife and members of the family were moved from a smaller grave in the cemetery in 1956. A spokesman recently said 'Highgate earns over $960 a year in fees from film companies and modeling firms who use the grave for location shots.
Marx, who ued in poverty In sMarx, who died in poverty in London while his theories in "Das Kapilal" were changing the world, was expelled from Prussia in 1849. He went to Prance, then moved to England. Marx lived for several years in small rooms in the Soho District of London before his dealh in 1883. Church on April 9, 1951, five days after the death of President George Albert Smith. He guided Ihe church through its greatest period of growth.
Membership more lhan doubled under his leadership, from one million to 2.8 million, and the number of temples built or under construction also doubled, from eight to 16. SAW ATTACKS But in the waning days of his life, he saw Ihe chucch come under increasing altack for its doctrins barring Negroes from the priesthocd--a rank most Mormon youths attain at the age of 12 and a necessary slep for fulure leadership in the church. Last Fall, Stanford Univer- sity broke off athletic competition with Mormon-owned Brigham Young University of that doctrine and 14 black athletee were kicked off the University of Wyoming fcctba'l squad when they protested a game with But in a letter to various church officers a month ago the LDS First Presidency reaffirmed iis on Negroes, holding it was a matter of religion. MacKay and his counselors at the same time reaffirmed their belief in the constitutionally guaranteed civil rights of all races. NEXT PRESIDENT The next president of the church, the tenth, will be selected by the Council of the Twelve at a meeting tenta- tively scheduled for Jan.
29. If the council follows precedent, 'i: will pick its senior member, Joseph Fielding Smith, 93, bul it could choose someone else. While McKay had shewn his age in recent years--he was confined a wheelchair and a i i with i speech he remained active as leader of the church, meeting frequently with members of the First (Presidency and Ccuncil of the T'velve. His last public appearance was in llu 1 annual July 24th parade last year commemorating the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in Ihe Salt Lake Valley in 1847. LOVED LIFE On his 95th 'birthday, 'he observed: "I love life.
I think it's a joy to liv in this age." While keepir. wilh Ihe changing since his birth in Hmi.iville, U.ah, on 8, 1873, recently told an interviewer lhai not all the changes have been for Ihe good. "It is a glorious age in which we live, vut no thinking man will r'ouibl' that this age is fraught with. limiMess perils, as well a- untold He warned HICTB are causes for real apprehension over world conditions" and denounced the rule of force, immorality, mounting juvenile delinquency arid any form of government wMch curtails the free exercise -o'f man's free agency." As leader of the church, a constantly fought against these He ini traduced a a of home eaching and family home evenings which drew wide attention from sociology cai groups and other churches. McKay was one of four sons and daughters of David and i Evelyn McKay.
When David was seven, he found himself the man of the house when his father went on a church mission to Great Britain 'for two years. At 23, McKay followed in his father's footsteps on a mission to the British Isles after his graduation from the University of Utah, where he was class valedictorian, president aiid a football player He and Emma Ray Kigp were married in the Sail Lake Texple in 1901 and had seven children. McKay was sustained as a member of the Council of Twelve on April 8, 1908. ano in 1918 became general super- intendenl of Sunday schools and the following year was appointed church commissioner of education. On Sept.
8,1934, McKay was chosen as second counselor-to President Heber J. Grant. Eleven years later, he was again chosen for the same post under President George Apbert Smith. He rose to the presidency by virtue of hii senior -position on the Council ot the Twelve. We do! Oh, it's not easy.
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