Franklin D Richards was born 17 November 1900 in Ogden, Weber County, Utah to Charles Comstock Richards (1859-1953) and Louis Letitia Peery (1860-1930) and died 13 November 1987 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah of unspecified causes. He married Helen Kearnes (1899-1998) 1 August 1923 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.


Elder Richards served as a General Authority for twenty-seven years, after being called as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve on 8 October 1960. He was named a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy when it was organized 1 October 1976, and he served in that capacity until 1 October 1983. He served as president of the Washington (D.C.) Temple from October 1983 to January 1986.

Among his many accomplishments was a six part missionary teaching program he introduced that was so successful it was later used throughout the Church.

Franklin Dewey Richards was born 17 November 1900 in Ogden, Utah, to Charles C. and Louisa Letitia Peery Richards. His paternal grandfather, Franklin D. Richards, was a member of the Council of the Twelve from 1849 to 1899.

Franklin Richards graduated from Weber Academy, then served in the Eastern States Mission from 1920-1922. There, he served as president of the Brooklyn, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts, districts.

In 1923 he received his LL.B. degree from the University of Utah. That same year he married Helen Kearnes of Salt Lake City in the Salt Lake Temple.

He practiced law in Utah until 1934, when he was named first Utah director of the Federal Housing Administration. He was appointed national commissioner of the FHA, with offices in Washington, D.C., in 1947. After resigning that position in 1952, he engaged in the mortgage banking business in Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Salt Lake City.

When Elder Richards was sustained as a General Authority, he was presiding over the Northwestern States Mission. Prior to that call, he had served as stake mission president, stake Sunday School board member, and chairman of a ward genealogical committee.

Elder Richards is survived by his wife; two sons—Franklin D. Richards, Jr., and David Kearnes Richards; two daughters—Louise (Mrs. Robert L. Judd, Jr.) and Nancy Helen (Mrs. Robert J. Clark); fourteen grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.


Offspring of Franklin D Richards and Helen Kearnes (1899-1998)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Louise Richards (1925-2003)
David Kearnes Richards (1931-2011)
Jane Ovanda Richards (1943-1943)




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