Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone, General Authority emeritus, former temple president and beloved youth leader, died on Saturday 12 May of 2018 late at night in his home in Bountiful, Utah.
I had 87 years.
A native of Tooele County, Utah, city of Stockton, Elder Featherstone served 29 as General Authority, as a member of the Presiding Bishopric of 1972 to 1976, and as Seventy General Authority of 1976 to 2001.
Elder Featherstone possessed a love recognized by the youth of the Church. He was a popular speaker and author, focusing many of his messages on youth and their many challenges and opportunities in the gospel.
He served as the general president of the Young Men of 1985-1990. He also presided over the Texas San Antonio Mission (1976-1978) and four Church Areas.
After becoming an Emeritus General Authority, Elder Featherstone served as president of the Logan Utah Temple from 2002 to 2005.
He is survived by his wife, Merlene Miner Featherstone; six of his seven children; 33 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Ronald Vaughn Featherstone, who died in May of 2011.
The current president of the Young Men, Brother Stephen W. Owen, considers Elder Featherstone much more than a predecessor in his so-called auxiliary general: he was also the mission president of the young Stephen W. Owen in Texas.
Brother Owen told Church News that he was a nervous and terribly green missionary when he arrived in Texas. "But when I got off the plane, President Featherstone gave me a big bear hug."
The president of the mission knew that his new young elder was feeling a bit uncomfortable in his new meeting: "and President Featherstone made me feel very welcome."
Now, as General President of the Young Men of the Church, Brother Owen is still relying on the example of his mission president when facing difficult decisions. "I often ask myself, 'What would President Featherstone do in this situation?'" He said.
Elder Featherstone's funeral arrangements are pending.