Five New Temple Presidents and Matrons Called

  • 19 May 2015

Five new temple presidents and matrons have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.

Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple

Travis N. and Cathryn C. Campbell

Travis Nebeker Campbell, 63, Riverside Ward, Tulsa Oklahoma Stake, called as president of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple, succeeding President Don R. Hansen. President Campbell’s wife, Cathryn Louise Chipping Campbell, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Jan B. Hansen. He serves as the second counselor in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple presidency. He has served in a stake presidency and as a regional welfare specialist, Church Educational System coordinator, high councilor, and stake Young Men president. Retired vice president of finance for the Williams Companies, he was born in Salt Lake City to Claude Asa and Marjorie Nebeker Campbell.

Sister Campbell serves as an assistant to the matron of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple. She has served as stake and ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, and stake family history consultant. She was born in Salt Lake City to William Osborn and Constance Louie Rayment Chipping.

Cardston Alberta Temple

Deanna F. and Clark L. Hardy

Clark Litchfield Hardy, 76, Cardston 3rd Ward, Cardston Alberta West Stake, called as president of the Cardston Alberta Temple, succeeding President L. Mark Evans. President Hardy’s wife, Deanna Jean Fairbanks Hardy, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Carolyn A. Evans. He serves as the first counselor in the Cardston Alberta Temple presidency. He has served as a counselor in a mission presidency and stake presidency, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and Church-service missionary. A retired elementary school principal, he was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, to Lyman Clark and Mildred May Litchfield Hardy.

Sister Hardy serves as an assistant to the matron of the Cardston Alberta Temple. She has served as a stake and ward Relief Society president, counselor in a ward Young Women presidency, ward Primary president, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, to Harold and Madge Guinevere Fairbanks.

Albuquerque New Mexico Temple

W. James and Donna T. Kearns

W. James Kearns, 67, Los Altos Ward, Albuquerque New Mexico Stake, called as president of the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple, succeeding President H. Vern Payne. President Kearns’s wife, Donna Tayler Kearns, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Yerda M. Payne. He serves as a sealer and temple ordinance worker in the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple and as a stake strengthening marriage instructor. He has served as stake president, bishop, mission president’s counselor, and Church-service missionary. A real estate agent, he was born in Burley, Idaho, to Frank Burl and Beth Kearns.

Sister Kearns serves as a temple ordinance worker at the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple and as a stake strengthening marriage instructor. She has served as a counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president’s counselor, Church-service missionary, and Gospel Doctrine teacher. She was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, to Morris William and Mildred Parnall Tayler.

Preston England Temple

Joseph and Linda H. Leece

Joseph Leece Jr., 70, South Ribble Ward, Preston England Stake, called as president of the Preston England Temple, succeeding President Douglas Murray. President Leece’s wife, Linda Ann Hepburn Leece, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Aileen Murray. He serves as an area family history adviser. He has served as first counselor in the Preston England Temple presidency, stake president, branch president, missionary training center presidency, patriarch, and volunteer assistant temple recorder. Retired director of operations in Europe for Laser Manufacturing Company, he was born in Dundee, Angus, Scotland, to Joseph and Louise Gould Leece.

Sister Leece serves as an area family history adviser. She has served as an assistant to the matron at the Preston England Temple, in a stake Relief Society presidency and stake Primary presidency, and as ward Relief Society president, ward Primary president, and Church-service missionary. She was born in Dundee, Angus, Scotland, to Thomas Morton and Anna Brown Hepburn.

Sydney Australia Temple

Marianne B. and Lionel Walters

William Fredrick Lionel Walters, 73, Claremont Meadows Ward, Penrith Australia Stake, called as president of the Sydney Australia Temple, succeeding President Peter R. Barr. President Walters’s wife, Marianne Botting Walters, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Genivive Barr. He serves as first counselor in the Sydney Australia Temple presidency. He has served as president of the Singapore Mission, stake president, bishop, national public affairs director, and high councilor. A retired area director for the Church Educational System, he was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to William Fredrick Walters and Laura Phyllis Ivy Bowers.

Sister Walters serves as assistant to the matron of the Sydney Australia Temple. She served with her husband as he presided over the Singapore Mission and has also served as stake Relief Society president, stake public affairs director, and national public affairs director. She was born in Noordgouwe, Zeeland, Netherlands, to Cornelis Nicolaas Botting and Anna Catharina Wondergem.