Merrill J. Bateman: Family, Facts, and Figures

Family: Born in Lehi, Utah, on June 19, 1936, to Joseph Frederic and Belva Smith Bateman. Married Marilyn Scholes in the Salt Lake Temple on March 23, 1959. Parents of seven children: Michael, 35, married to Cheryl Mortensen (five children), living in Provo; Mark, 33, married to Lynette Pearson (five children), living in Orem; Michele, 32, married to Norman Swindler (four children), living in New Jersey; Merilee, 28, married to John Collins (three children), living in Los Angeles; Melisa (twin sister of Merilee), 28, married to Greg Pitts (two children), living in Omaha, Neb.; Matthew, 22, married to Jennie Coles, living in Orem; McKay, 19, serving in Malaga, Spain, Mission.

Education/Military: BS in economics, University of Utah, 1960; PhD in economics (minor in political science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965; served in U.S. Air Force, 1964-67.

Employment and Teaching: Lecturer in economics, University of Ghana, 1963; associate professor of economics, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1964-67; professor of economics and director of Center for Business and Economic Research, BYU, 1967-71; director of commodity research and vice president, Mars, Inc., 1971-75; dean, Graduate School of Management and College of Business, BYU, 1975-79; senior staff officer, Mars, Inc., 1979-80; owner of two companies, a commodities consulting firm and a management and investment service firm, 1980-92.

Church Service: Member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Jan. 1996-present; Presiding Bishop, April 1994-Dec. 1995; member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, Oct. 1992-April 1994, and Area President, Asia North Area, Aug. 1993-April 1994; Regional Representative, Orem, Utah, Southwest and Spanish Fork, Utah, regions; president of Provo, Utah, Sharon East Stake and BYU 1st Stake; member of Reading, England, District presidency; high councilor; bishop of BYU 8th Ward; missionary in the British Mission, 1956-58.

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