The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the following statement from spokesman Daniel Woodruff:
We are saddened to share news of the passing of a senior missionary. Elder Craig L. Meyocks, age 66, passed away Thursday following a car accident Christmas Day in Iowa. His wife, Sister Brenda Meyocks, was injured but is expected to recover. The couple, who are from Dammeron Valley, Utah, had been serving in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission since March 2019. We extend our sincere condolences to the Meyocks family and their loved ones and pray they will feel peace and support, particularly at this time of year. We also pray for the other individuals involved in this accident.
According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 65-year-old driver attempted to cross the highway but did not yield to oncoming traffic and was struck by Elder Meyocks’ vehicle.
Elder Meyocks’ brother, Mark, shared the following thoughts on social media:
I am with a major hole in my heart. My younger brother, by 13 months Craig Lee Meyocks, was in a tragic accident last night. He passed away this morning with his loving wife Brenda by his side.
You think it can never happen to you but our family is morning this senseless loss that thousands experience daily. A failure to yield and being in a hurry cost our family a son, father, brother and strong steward of Christ. I will miss you everyday that I live. Travel well Craig, see you on the other side.
A video of Elder Meyocks was shared by a fellow Nauvoo missionary, Sister Willmore.
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