Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued this statement following the passing of Elder L. Tom Perry of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
“Elder Perry was a great man, a friend and a tremendous leader. His friendly smile and optimism always encouraged everyone he met, including me, to try a little harder, to stand a little taller and to be a little better. He loved God and he loved all of God’s children. We need more people like him.
“The First Lady and I extend our deepest condolences to Barbara and members of the Perry family, his brethren in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and First Presidency, as well as the members of the LDS Church across the world Elder Perry served and loved.”