Three new temple presidents and matrons have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.
Marshall Wade Hayes, 69, Beaumont 1st Ward, Beaumont Texas Stake, called as president of the Houston Texas Temple, succeeding President Brad L Crane. President Hayes’ wife, Leslie Jill Paxton Hayes, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Susan Crane. Brother Hayes serves as a stake high councilor. He has served as stake president, bishop, mission president’s counselor and as branch president. A retired orthopedic surgeon, he was born in Beaumont, Texas, to Wade and Laurel Vivian Hayes.
Sister Hayes serves as a public affairs specialist and as a seminary supervisor. She has served as a ward Young Women president, in a ward Primary presidency, and as stake music chairman, cultural arts specialist and choir director. She was born in Salt Lake City to Lester Cline and Helen Richards Paxton.
Weldon Bartlett Papa, 68, Oroville 1st Ward, Gridley California Stake, called as president of the Sacramento California Temple, succeeding President Norman C. Boehm. President Papa’s wife, Marie Fairbanks Papa, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Evelyn J. Boehm. Brother Papa serves as a stake patriarch, temple sealer and temple ordinance worker. He has served as stake president, bishop, high councilor and welfare volunteer bishops’ storehouse manager. A retired elementary school administrator and principal, he was born in Yuba City, California, to Julius Barrow and Leona Belle Papa.
Sister Papa serves as a ward librarian and ward missionary. She has served as a welfare volunteer bishops’ storehouse manager, in a ward Young Women presidency and as a gospel doctrine teacher. She was born in Ontario, Oregon, to Sterling Voy and Anna Fairbanks.
Steven Charles Wheelwright, 71, Laie 2nd Ward, Laie Hawaii Stake, called as president of the Boston Massachusetts Temple, succeeding President H. Kent Bowen. President Wheelwright’s wife, Margaret Steele Wheelwright, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Kathleen J. Bowen. He serves as president of Brigham Young University-Hawaii, high priests group instructor and temple sealer at the Laie Hawaii Temple. He has served as president of the England London Mission, stake president’s counselor, bishop, high councilor and temple ordinance worker. A former senior associate dean and professor at Harvard University and a professor at Stanford University, he was born in Salt Lake City to Max and Deborah Ann Coulam Wheelwright.
Sister Wheelwright served with her husband as he presided over the England London Mission. She has also served as stake Relief Society president, stake Young Women president, and in a ward Primary presidency. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to John Hermon and Marye Margaret Hanegan Steele.