Our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, brother, and patriarch of our family passed away early Monday morning, October 24, 2022, at the age of 97. He was born on March 1, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Warren Leslie Lefavor and Eleanor Ester Crocket.
Dad grew up in South Salt Lake on 320 East Hollywood Ave. Dad was first married to LaVon Thomas in 1946. Dad and Lavon had two children David and Barbara. Dad and LaVon divorced in 1955. He later married Sharon Dean on November 17, 1957. He is survived by his wife Sharon Dean; and his children David, Barbara, Sherie, Kathie, Bob, and John. He was blessed with 22 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Being born in 1925, he lived through the great depression. Difficult and meager circumstances growing up helped shape his character. He once said that when he was young he witnessed his father purchase 6 packages of gum and wondered how anyone could have enough money to buy that much gum all at once. He graduated from South High School in 1942 and then joined the Navy on February 24, 1943 at the age of 17. He said he wasn't nervous enlisting in the military and looked forward to joining the service to serve his country. That gives just a glimpse of what kind of man he was.
In the Navy he served as a radioman and spent over 2 years stationed on a small island in the South Pacific. He was injured while stationed on the island when an ammunition boat exploded just off shore and was hit with shrapnel in his right arm. He was fluent in Morse code throughout his life and was able to spell any word or sentence you asked him to by repeating the words dot or dit in the proper sequence. Dad spent most of his working career as a route salesman for Continental Baking Company. Other jobs included working for the 7-Up company, driving a taxing, and working with his brother Don at Don's envelope company. He was a man of great character. He had a wonderful sense of humor and liked to play practical jokes which ran in his family. His brothers Richard and Don, who have preceded him in death, also possessed a great sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh.
He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a strong love of the Lord. He was unable to serve a mission as a young man because of the war but he and Sharon served a mission together later in their lives in Utica, New York from March 1998 to September of 1999. He also served in many church callings including Bishop. He helped write "road show" productions for the young men and young women of his ward. Dad served for many years as part of the Lions club including President. He also served as President of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. He enjoyed playing the trumpet and operating a Ham radio.
A few of the many wonderful things about Dad was his willingness to help, his easy going personality, a quick sense of humor, and the great love he had for his family. He also had a great fondness of RC Cola and later switched to diet Pepsi which has become somewhat of an ongoing joke in the family. The love we have for him as a family cannot adequately be expressed in words. He is greatly missed already. Our hearts are broken but we have so many sweet memories of him. His spirit and personality is part of who we are. Until we meet again Dad. We'll bring the diet Pepsi.
We as a family would like to express our appreciation to all those who cared for and served Dad during his last months/years including his doctor Caroline Milne, his home health/hospice company Caregivers Support Network, and the staff of Sunrise Assisted Living Center in Millcreek where Dad spent the remaining days of his life.
There will be a viewing on Friday, October 28, 2022, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, at McDougal Funeral Home located on 4330 South Redwood Road. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning, October 29, 2022, 11:00am at The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located on 4252 South Bennion Road. A short viewing will be held just prior to the funeral at 10:00am. Dad will be interred at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah.