The church has lost two great people in the persons of Brother Blair Garff and Elder Pace during this pandemic. One a former mission president who served in Nigeria Enugu Mission. The latter was still serving with his wife in the Michigan Detroit Mission since December 2019 as Senior Couple missionaries before his passing.
Brother Blair Garff died 19 April 2020. Prior to his death, brother Garff has been battling with the virus after he was diagnosed with the virus in March.
Brother Blair Garff served as mission president during his time in Nigeria Enugu Mission from 2006 to 2009. His other callings in the church were; president of the Manhattan New York Temple from 2010 to 2013, served as a Family Services missionary, mission president’s counselor, district president, bishop among many others.
His son Brain Garff posted a message on Facebook after the death of his death. He wrote;
Elder Allen Dee Pace died Saturday, April 18, after contracting the virus in early April. Elder was a senior missionary Willard, Utah,
Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff said, “He and his wife Sister Nedra Pace, had been serving in the Michigan Detroit Mission since December 2019, They had not yet been formally released from missionary service prior to his death.”
He continued by saying, “After becoming ill in mid-March, Elder Pace went into the care of his wife and daughter in a nearby state. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early April.”
“We express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Elder Pace as they mourn his passing, and we continue to pray for all who are impacted by this pandemic,”