SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Dec. 29, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released this statement Thursday announcing the passing of Elder Bruce D. Porter, a General Authority Seventy:
“We are deeply saddened to announce that Elder Bruce D. Porter of the Seventy died at his home last evening, surrounded by his family. Elder Porter, age 64, succumbed to a pulmonary infection that developed in recent weeks. Until earlier this month he served as President to the Europe East Area.
“In early December he was released from that position and assigned to serve at church headquarters. Our gratitude, thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Susan, and their family. We are profoundly grateful for the valiant service he offered to the very end of his life. He will be greatly missed.”
Porter was born on Sept. 18, 1952, in Albuquerque. He earned degrees from Brigham Young University, then from Harvard University, where he received a doctoral degree in political science emphasizing Russian affairs, according to a biography on Wikipedia.
After working in federal and private jobs, he returned to BYU to teach political science. He also authored “War and the Rise of the State” (Simon and Schuster, 1994).
Porter was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1995, and in 2003 was transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy.