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Elder Jolley was born in Rexburg, Idaho December 30, 1933. He attended secondary and elementary schools in Rexburg. He served a two-and-a-half-year mission in Argentina beginning in 1954. He attended Ricks College 1957-58 where he met Jill Leishman, also a resident of Madison County. They were married November 22, 1957. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last year. They have seven children, five girls and two boys. They also have 20 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Elder Jolley received his Bachelor and Juris Doctorate degrees from George Washington University. He served as a prosecuting attorney for Madison County and practiced law in Rexburg for a total of 30 years, during which time he was also involved in many community service projects. Locally, he has served as a bishop and member of a stake presidency along with many other callings. In 1991 he was called as president of the Texas Corpus Christi (now McAllen) Mission. He was called as a General Authority and member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1997, where he served for six-and-a-half years. During that time he served in the presidencies of the North America East, Brazil and Brazil North Areas and ultimately as President of the Brazil South Area. During part of that time he also served as Assistant Executive Director of the Church Curriculum Department.
Most recently he served as president of the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple, with Sister Jolley serving as matron. Elder Jolley currently serves as a sealer in the Rexburg Idaho Temple. Both he and Sister Jolley served on the Presidents Advancement Council here at BYU-Idaho for several years.