Church News and Events

Elder Albert Choules Jr. Dies

  By Marianne Holman, Church News staff writer

  • 17 December 2012

Elder Albert Choules Jr., who served in the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy, died of natural causes on December 5, 2012, in Salt Lake City at the age of 86. 

On October 1, 1988, at age 62, Elder Choules was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy, where he served until he was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 1989.  

As a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, he served as Assistant Executive Director of the Curriculum Department for the Church. 

Upon his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Choules served as second counselor, and later as first counselor, in the Europe Area Presidency.

In 1992 his assignment changed and he served on various committees within the Church, as well as first counselor in the Utah South Area. He was released from his assignment as a member of the Seventy on October 1, 1994.

On November 1, 2003, he began his service as president of the Mesa Arizona Temple until his release in 2006.

As a young man, Elder Choules enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, joining during his senior year of high school. He served for two and a half years before serving a mission for the Church in the Eastern states.

He attended LDS Business College before transferring to BYU, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Later, he earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

He began his professional career as a financial analyst at Union Oil Co. and later moved to Western Savings & Loan, where he eventually became senior vice president. In 1971 he became part-owner of Romney International Hotels. He eventually became the president of that company and worked there until his call to preside over the New York New York City Mission from 1980 to 1983.

Elder Choules was born February 15, 1926, in Driggs, Idaho, to Albert and Rula Wilson Choules. He married Rosemary Phillips in 1952 in the Idaho Falls Temple. They had three children; she died in 1984. 

In 1987, Elder Choules married Marilyn Jeppson Lowry in the Salt Lake Temple. He is survived by Sister Marilyn Choules, his three children, three stepchildren, 23 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held December 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the Holladay 27th Ward building located at 5450 South Holladay Boulevard, Salt Lake City.