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J. Richard Clarke
Full name John Richard Clarke
Born April 4, 1927 (1927-04-04) (age 89)
Place of birth Rexburg, Idaho
LDS Church General Authority
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
Called by Victor L. Brown
Start of term October 1, 1976 (aged 49)
End of term April 6, 1985 (aged 58)
End reason Honorable release of Victor L. Brown and his counselors
First Quorum of the Seventy
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
Start of term April 6, 1985 (aged 58)
End of term October 4, 1997 (aged 70)
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Presidency of the Seventy
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
Start of term October 1, 1988 (aged 61)
End of term August 15, 1993 (aged 66)
End reason Honorably released
Emeritus General Authority
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Start of term October 4, 1997 (aged 70)

John Richard Clarke (born 4 April 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 of the Twelve Apostles in Idaho. He also returned to South Africa as the president of the South Africa Cape Town Mission of the church.

In 1976, Clarke became the second counselor to presiding bishop Victor L. Brown. He served in this capacity until Brown was released in 1985. At this time, 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.

From 1998 to 2001, Clarke was the president of the church's Laie Hawaii Temple.


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