Elder Luke Carter and Elder Eli Fowler

Two Missionaries Serving in Texas Die in Car Crash

Two elders serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lost their lives in a two-vehicle crash north of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Church spokesman Sam Penrod released the following statement:

We are saddened to share news of the passing of two young missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who were killed in a head-on traffic collision on Tuesday in Denton, Texas. The missionaries were both assigned to the Texas Fort Worth Mission and are:

Elder Luke Masakazu Carter, 18, of Springville Utah. Elder Carter began his missionary service in November 2020. Elder Eli Jon Fowler, 20, of Pueblo West, Colorado. Elder Fowler began his missionary service in January 2020.


The cause of the accident is being investigated by local law enforcement. It occurred during a heavy rainstorm. The driver of the other vehicle is hospitalized. Both missionaries were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

We express our love and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Elder Carter and Elder Fowler and to the missionaries in the Texas Fort Worth Mission. We pray that all will be uplifted by the Savior’s love and feel comfort during this difficult and trying time.

President Jeffrey Chapman and Kristi Ann Chapman, President and Matron of the Fort Worth Mission, shared the following message:

Our hearts are heavy today at the loss of two of our dear missionaries, Elder Luke Carter and Elder Eli Fowler. They were full of light and love and we cannot begin to imagine the mission without them here physically. We will post more as time allows, but for now just know they were two of the happiest hardworking missionaries we have ever known. They testified every day of our Savior Jesus Christ and the eternal joys of following Him. He is at the helm and will heal our hearts in the coming days and far beyond.

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