Gail H Leavitt
Born: 10/25/1931, Nevada
Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Gail H. Leavitt passed away peacefully on the evening of Thursday, November 19th, 2020. Gail was born on October 25th, 1931, in St. George, Utah to Charles Clinton Leavitt and Rhoda Hafen Leavitt
He spent his childhood in Bunkerville, Nevada playing slingshots with his brothers, Clair Leavitt and Alfred Levitt. He attended Virgin Valley High School in Overton, Nevada where he enjoyed playing basketball and football. He graduated in 1948.
In the Summer of 1955, Gail worked pumping gas at a service station in Glendale where he met his eternal sweetheart, a young waitress named Lorraine Harmon. The two of them were engaged in January of 1956 and married in October. They were sealed in the Manti Temple in 1965.
After their wedding Gail and Lorraine moved to Monticello, Utah, where Gail worked driving trucks and moving uranium ore from the mine to the refinery. Eventually this work took Gail and Lorraine to Moab, Utah, where they would remain for 43 years and raise their four children: Anette, Valerie, Bart, and Greg.
In Moab, Gail and Lorraine made many close and lifelong friends. Gail was able to purchase a service station on Highway 191, where he would work for 25 years. His friends, children, and grandchildren have many fond memories of visiting him at the station on warm summer afternoons.
After his retirement Gail and Lorraine spent 13 years in Logandale, Nevada. Together they served as temple workers in the Las Vegas LDS Temple for 10 of those years. Finally, they moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, so they could be near family.
Gail is survived by his wife Lorraine Harmon Leavitt, his four children and their spouses, Flint and Anette Stephens (Highland, UT), Bruce and Valerie Raymond (Pueblo, CO), Bart and Sharon Leavitt (Moab, UT) and Greg and Candi Leavitt (Grand Junction, CO), and his brother, Alfred Leavitt (Parowan, UT). Gail was a loving grandfather to 13 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Rhoda Leavitt, his brother Clair Leavitt, and his grandson, Jacob Stephens.
Gail leaves us all with heavy hearts and fond memories of tailgating, hot dog roasts, four-wheeling, card games, and quiet acts of kindness that made us feel loved. He taught us how to work hard and show kindness and two-step and change our oil. He lived his life exquisitely, and we are sure that heaven was waiting, with powdered donuts and milk, for him to arrive.
A private family service will be held later.
Tributes:Dear Lorraine, Bill and I just want you and your family to know that we are sorry abut your loss and our thoughts and love are with you. Treasure your precious memories.
- Bill & InalynThis makes me so sad and tearful. I was so happy that I was able to visit a couple of days before his death. Dear friends for so many years. I am hoping Dick and Gail have gotten the chance to reunite and have a good visit. We have also been like family to the Raymonds, and they are so intertwined with the Leavitt family. I hope to continue my friendship with Lorraine and the family. Much love
- Mary Jane Cozzens
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