Funerals services took place Friday for former LDS General Authority Von G. Keetch

Funeral services for Elder Von G. Keetch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took place Friday morning in Highland, Utah. (Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

(KUTV) - Funeral services for Elder Von G. Keetch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took place Friday morning in Highland, Utah.

Family, friends and senior church leaders attended the funeral in a chapel south of Salt Lake City.

Elder Keetch, 57, was a former General Authority Seventy and died following a brief and sudden illness, January 26, 2018.

Keetch was eulogized as a kind father, husband, and friend, and one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers.

LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson read a letter from the First Presidency written to Elder Keetch’s wife, Bernice Keetch at the funeral services.

The letter reads, in part: “The Savior knew the sorrow we would experience when our loved ones depart this earth. Elder Keetch has returned home to our loving Father in Heaven. Although there is no substitute for the love and devotion of a dear companion, we pray you will receive the comfort and peace in the Savior’s promise: ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid’ (John 14:27).”

During his 25-year professional career, Keetch clerked for two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Justice Antonin Scalia, and helped shape the Church’s legal strategy as an attorney at a Salt Lake City law firm and was heralded as a protector of religious freedom, according to a news release.

At the time of Keetch's calling to the General Authority Seventy, he had been serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Salt Lake City Area and as chief outside counsel to the church. He also served as the Executive Director of the Public Affairs Department for the church.

Keetch was born in Provo, Utah, on March 17, 1960. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a doctorate in law from Brigham Young University. He is survived by his wife, Bernice, their six children and six grandchildren, the news release said.

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