James Esdras Faust was Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was ordained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 1, 1978, and called into the First Presidency when Gordon B. Hinckley became President of the LDS Church on March 12, 1995. Faust died in his home on the morning of August 10, 2007 at the age of 87.
James Esdras Faust was born to George A. Faust and Amy Finlinson Faust in Delta, Utah on July 31, 1920. As a child he lived in this rural area. Before he reached high school age his family moved to the southern Salt Lake Valley. In Granite High School, he won awards for track and a letter for football. He attended University of Utah, where he ran the 440 and mile relay. He delayed his college education twice, once for service to his church – he served as a missionary in a mission in southern Brazil from 1939 to 1942, and once again for his nation – during World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Corps (now the United States Air Force) and was discharged as a First Lieutenant.
Located in the Memorial Holladay Cemetery.