Gordon Bitner Hinckley (June 23, 1910 – January 27, 2008) was the fifteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from March 12, 1995 until his death. He was the oldest person to preside over the LDS Church in its history. As president of the LDS Church, he was considered by its members to be a prophet, seer, and revelator. His presidency was noted for the building of new temples and the creation of the Perpetual Education Fund. Hinckley holds the record for dedicating the most LDS Church temples and has dedicated more than half of the current church temples.
As president of the church, Hinckley was also chairman of the Church Board of Education and Board of Trustees that governs the Church Educational System
Death of Gordon Hinckley
On January 27, 2008, at approximately 7 p.m. MST, Hinckley died due to "causes incident to age", at the age of ninety-seven. He was surrounded by family in his Salt Lake City apartment at the time of his death. According to a church news release, a presidential successor will likely not be named until after the funeral.
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