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Elwood Keyes McFarland

April 24, 1923 - July 18, 2016

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.

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, July 25, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 12:30 to 1:15 PM.


Service Information

Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Time: 1:30 pm -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, July 25, 2016

Ogden City Cemetery


, , , UT, 84403

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Born: April 24, 1923
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Alvin and Laura Cary posted on 7/28/16

We are so sorry for the loss of your father. We could see how much love there was between you. Love, Alvin and Laura


Teri Chadwick Whiteley posted on 7/27/16

Nancy and sisters, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Your family was always very special to me. I wish I had been in town to come and express my condolences and see you all again. It has been way too long, at least 40 years. Every time I pass the old 44th ward I think about all the friendships I made there. My father passed away 18 months ago and my mother 2 months ago. I miss them both so much but thankful to know that I will see them both again. Take care, my prayers are with you all. Teri


Dean Brunson posted on 7/26/16

Frank McFarland, hello. My condolences on the passing of your brother. I wish you well. I hope it's not rude, but I would like to take this chance to tell you thanks. Thanks for giving me a job at HAFB. I would like to talk if you have time. Age brings things into sharper focus, I think. My phone (661) 272-0089 or email. dean brunson


Ken and Bobbie Rose posted on 7/26/16

"Mac" was my uncle, my mother's kid brother, and has been an integral part of our family since as long as I can remember even though we've been gone from Ogden for many years, We were not only family, but neighbors along with his younger brother Frank and Pat. I've never known finer, more decent men than these two brothers. They, and their wives Beth and Pat, have always been there for our family. I'll miss them all...very sad condolences to the girls.


Alan Leishman posted on 7/25/16

So sorry to hear of Mac's passing. I have very fond memories of golfing with him on Saturdays. He was a good friend and I've missed him the past several years.


Clark & Janet Rose posted on 7/25/16

So sorry to see that my Uncle Elwood has passed on. I have fond memories of the times we spent together. He would come and get me on his bicycle when I was pretty young and I would ride the handle bars to Grandmothers House. He and I used to go to the wrestling at Ogden High, we liked the Swedish Angle and Ralph morley . Ralph was an Ogden City Police Officer that Wrestled in his off time. When I Married my wife Jan He accepted and supported our Family in all the things we did. He was my Dentist when he graduated from Dental school then all my children and my wife went to him. He was a very good dentist and Uncle.


Dollie Moir posted on 7/25/16

My mind has been flooded with so many memories of Elwood and Beth since Brent called to tell me about Elwood. My earliest memories have always included three men - Daddy, Elwood, and Uncle Doug. Growing up at 972 26th St. was so wonderful. Knowing that Elwood grew up there too only made living there more special. The Greenwell kids loved your Mom and Daddy. I know Elwood's soul is happier now that he is with Beth. I believe Mom and Daddy are happy too. I will always hold my memories of Your parents close to my heart. Today my heart is sad but my memories are joyous!.