Elwood Keyes McFarland, 93, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 in Salt Lake City, where he lived for three years following the death of his wife, Beth. He was born April 24, 1923 to Henry McFarland and Eliza Pearl Keyes in Ogden, Utah. He was the fifth of six children, raised largely by his widowed mother.
He graduated from Ogden High School in 1941 and began attending Weber State College. During those years, Elwood had many varied jobs. He was a popsicle man, fireman, furniture builder, box car- icer at the railroad yard and welder at Hill Air Force Base to name a few. He enlisted in the Navy in October 1942 where his welding skills were utilized repairing aircraft on the carrier USS Nehenta Bay. He served in the South China Sea, participating in the Battle of Leyte.
After an honorable discharge, he returned to Weber State College using his GI Bill benefits. While there, he was introduced to his future wife Beth Olsen, by his younger brother, Frank. He and Beth married January 1, 1949 in a record breaking snowstorm. Beth’s mother convinced Ogden City to send snowplows to keep the road open. They honeymooned in Sun Valley which began many years of skiing together, a pleasure that he passed on to his children and grandchildren.
Elwood attended Loyola Dental School in Chicago where he and Beth had many adventures, including their first taste of pizza. They managed to stretch their student budget to allow for meals at famous restaurants like the Pump Room and see plays featuring well-known actors of the time. They always celebrated Beth’s “Religious Holiday”, July 24t, h by going to the shores of Lake Michigan wearing cowboy boots and hats to roast hot dogs.
Elwood graduated from Loyola Dental School in June 1954. He set up practice in Ogden. His patients were dismayed when he retired after 35 years. He was active in the Utah State Dental Association and took great satisfaction in the caring, professional services he provided over the years to so many families.
Elwood loved the outdoors almost as much as he loved his family. He grew the best eggplant and beefsteak tomatoes to share with neighbors. Over the years he anxiously awaited the bi-annual call from Uncle George to come to Emery County to “punch” cows. He filled the other seasons with golf, skiing, fishing, river trips, family campouts at the Joe’s Valley Ranch, duck hunting (often multiple events per day) then returned home to the love of his life, Beth. He cared for her with devotion as her health failed until she passed away after 63 years of marriage. He provided a model of family life, commitment, and integrity that is a powerful legacy.
Elwood is survived by his three daughters and their families: Nancy (Terry) Brown of Alpine, UT, Diane (Brad) Link of Dalton Gardens, ID, Carol (Hugh) Garner of Salt Lake City, UT; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Louise Tuck and brother, Frank McFarland.
A Viewing will be on Monday, July 25, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 1:30 PM at Leavitt’s Mortuary. Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 12:30 to 1:15 PM.
Interment at Ogden City Cemetery, 1875 Monroe Blvd., Ogden, Utah.
Please send condolences to the family at: www.leavittsmortuary.com
Date: Monday, July 25, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 12:30 to 1:15 PM.
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Time: 07/22/2016 01:30 pm -
Date: Monday, July 25, 2016
Ogden City Cemetery
Address:, , , UT, 84403