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Obituary for David Bert Havas

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David Bert Havas

January 1, 1941 - September 1, 2012

David B. Havas David Bert Havas died September 1, 2012, after a sudden illness. Born January 1, 1941, in Amsterdam, Holland, Bert was the eldest child of Gustav (“Gus”) and Jeannette (“Netty”) Havas. Not long after he was born, his family – including a new baby sister (Carla) – was sent to the concentration camps during the horror of the Holocaust. One of the few families to survive the Holocaust intact, Bert’s was expanded by a couple of brothers (Fred and Max) in Holland, then by another brother (Ed) after the family moved to the United States. Bert graduated from Ogden High School in 1959 and the University of Utah College of Law in 1972. Thereafter, he dedicated his professional life to helping those in need of a champion to represent their interests. Bert was fiercely devoted to the concepts of freedom, liberty, justice and equality. Before fighting for them in the courtroom, Bert fought for them in Vietnam, where he served with distinction and honor. A bona fide war hero, Bert was awarded the bronze star with oak leaf clusters for valor under fire. Bert returned from war to assist his family after his father’s death. Bert married the love of his life, Sandy Morgan, in 1972, and shared 40 wonderful years with her. A more loving and devoted wife and partner is beyond imagination; that Bert loved her back with the same depth and devotion is beyond doubt. Bert is survived by his loving wife, Sandy; her children Marietta Priest (Bart), Nate Morgan (Val), Mitzi Bissell (Tim), and Cathy Beus (Duane); siblings Carla Baruch (Ted), Fred Havas (Kasey), Max Havas (Pat), and Ed Havas (Colleen Elliott); many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and friends and colleagues too numerous to count. He was preceded in death by his parents. A service to remember Bert and celebrate his life will be held Thursday, September 6, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah. Military honors will be accorded. Friends may call at the mortuary Wednesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, Bert’s family requests that you make a donation to the ACLU, 355 North 300 West, SLC 84103, the Joyce Hansen Food Bank, 2504 F Ave. Ogden, Utah 84401 or to the charity of your choice Please send condolences and a memory at


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Date: Thursday, September 6, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2012

Time: 3:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for David Bert Havas

Born: January 1, 1941
Died: September 1, 2012

Condolences for David Bert Havas

Jerry McKinley posted on 4/3/13

I just learned about this Sandra I'm so sorry my condolences


Sandy havas posted on 9/8/12



Sister Luke Hoschette posted on 9/8/12

Dear Sandy - I read of the death of your dear husband, Dave, and I just want to offer my sincere condolences and prayers. I think I probably meet Dave once or so but I know of your deep love for him and I'm sure the loss is a great one. I so wanted to come to the viewing, but SDanile's plane was late getting into SLC so I missed the viewing. But I did pray for all of you at that time. The sisters, too, were including you, Dave and your family in their prayers. You have been a good friend over the years and I wanted you to know of my love and concern. Please be assured that we will keep all of you in our prayers that God will give you His peace. May Dave rest in peace.With love and prayers - Sister Luke


Michelle Swift posted on 9/7/12

Thank you Bert for being a wonderful friend and mentor--you trusted me with your personal copy of your mother's history to read and return to you--I read the story over and over. I will miss you but you will never be forgotten. My love and sympathy to your family, wife, and Ed!Love, Michelle Swift


Madeline Pappas Coleman posted on 9/7/12

Dear Sandy and all Family Members, I was totally devastated to learn of bert's passing. The Havas Famil and 28th Street in Ogden, Utah were really part of all of us growing up togather. At this time, when words can't tell all of you that our hearts would say....Just know that this message brings our love and Sympathy to all of youthis day. Gary and Madeline Pappas Coleman


Erika M. Martin posted on 9/7/12

To Sandy and family, my heartfelt condolences. Erika M.Martiny


Nancy Moorman posted on 9/6/12

To the family,Sorry for your loss.Sincerely,Nancy Moorman


Hillary Valderrama and Richard Sexton posted on 9/6/12

We were deeply saddened to learn of Bert's passing. Though we only worked with him for a short period of time, we found Bert to be a highly skilled, intelligent and compassionate man. His dedication to zealously representing those in need of legal representation and "standing up for the little guy" are things we should all aspire to do. He will be greatly missed, and our condolences go out to Sandy and all of Bert's friends and family in this difficult time.


Linda Babcock posted on 9/6/12

Bert was always such an understanding man and seemed to have a calming quality about him that helped others stay tranquil. He helped me with an unfair unemployment claim once, and I was impressed with how he was able to paint a clear picture to the judge about how ridiculous the whole situation was without ever raising his voice or demeaning the person at fault.His history spoke for itself and his life's experiences gave him a wealth of knowledge from which to draw that helped many people. His destiny to not only live through the holocaust and Vietnam, but to find his niche in Ogden with Sandy was definitely predestined.We are all lucky to have known Bert and will miss seeing him at all the events in town. Because of our acquaintance with him, our lives our richer.Many hugs to Sandy and the family,Linda Babcock


Anna Brower posted on 9/5/12

Bert Havas was a wonderful friend to and supporter of the ACLU. We are proud to call him a member and partner. He was a quiet leader in the Ogden community, advocating for civil liberties and civil rights; so many committed civil libertarians and community leaders have benefited from his experience and guidance. Bert will be greatly missed by those whose lives he - alongside his lovely, sunny wife Sandy - touched over the years.


Robyn Jones posted on 9/5/12

Dearest Sandy and Family:Jack and I were so sad to hear of Bert's sudden illness and untimely passing. We are sending our love to you at this difficult time. When we would see the two of you in social settings, we always commented on your obvious love and devotion for each other. Over the years, I briefly worked with Bert, and most recently, although on opposite sides of the legal aisle, always admired his commitment to his clients and his legal acumen. I also admired his great sense of humor. I've been reflecting today on Sandy and Bert attending our son's fund raiser dinner when battling ALS three years ago, and how much that support meant to our family, then and now. I will miss sharing hair appointments with Bert compliments of Everett. Take care Sandy and remember the good times. God knows you two have had many. - Love, Robyn & Jack Jones


Andrea Stavrakakis posted on 9/5/12

I'm so sorry for your loss, we'll all miss Bert so much.


Kristin VanOrman posted on 9/5/12

My condolences to your family. Bert and I had many cases throughout the years together. Although we technically were adversaries, I considered him a friend and respected him tremendously. I was fortunate enough to learn about his amazing past and survival from the Holocaust. Those discussions are something I will never forget. The legal community has lost a wonderful advocate, example and friend. He will be missed.


cindee williams posted on 9/5/12

Sandy and family, I am so sorry to hear about Bert! Bert was my attorney ever since he graduated from law school and he had such a sense of humor and sometimes it was so dry that you had to wonder if he really meant it. I will miss him and I know your family lost a wonderful man. May God be with youCindee Williams


George Klipper posted on 9/5/12

My deepest sympathies to the Havas family.


Madeline McDonald posted on 9/4/12

Dear Sandy and breaks my heart to think that Bert is gone...but so many fun memories will never be far away...I would often see Bert zipping around town in his teal Mercedes or his wry sense of humor. Bert was a man of great character, incredible depth and a heart of gold. You could tell he truly loved his work and was so committed to his clients and gave them his time, attention and honor to uphold our Constitution. Even more so, you could tell he was so committed to his lovely wife, Sandy. You are one of the most charming and fun couples to share a meal with, a laugh and a glass of wine with. Sandy, my thoughts are prayers are with you...know that you are loved and cared about by many.High Regards,Madeline McDonald