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Harley Kirk Adamson

May 29, 1933 - February 18, 2015

Harley Kirk Adamson, 81, passed away from a stroke on February 18, 2015.  He was born May 29, 1933 to James Blaine (JB) and Genevieve Cutler Adamson in Terreton, Idaho.  He married Virginia Irene Gilbert in the Idaho Falls Temple on December 30, 1952.

He was an active member of the LDS Church holding positions on the General Sunday School Board, Branch President, Bishopric, and Ogden Temple ordinance worker.  He and Virginia served an LDS Mission in San Francisco.

After serving in the Korean War, Harley earned his Doctorate degree in Education and spent the next 35 years as a professor; 14 of those years serving as the Secondary Education Department Chairman at Weber State University.  He enjoyed photography and golf, was a playwright, author and avid reader.  Family, friends and students will always remember him for his quick wit and dry humor.

Harley is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia Adamson and his five children:  D’Lynn (Calvin) Poll, Leslie (Neil) Nebeker, Scott (Patti) Adamson, Larry (Cyd) Adamson and Janelle (Kevin) Chugg.  Together they have 26 grandchildren and 34 (and counting) great grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents and his three siblings, Edwin Cutler (May) Adamson, Larry Blaine (Jean) Adamson and Carol (King) Alverson.

Friends may visit the family the family at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836-36 St., Ogden, on Monday, February 23,  2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Funeral Services will be held at the LDS Country Creek Ward, 625 Country Creek Drive in Layton on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 11:00 am.  Friends will be greeted one hour prior to the service from 9:45 am to 10:45 am.

In lieu of flowers, it would be Harley’s wish to have you donate to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund at

Interment will be at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 – 36th St., Ogden.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Leavitt’s Mortuary

836 – 36th St.



Service Information

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Time: 12:00 am -

LDS Country Creek Ward


625 Country Club Dr, , Layton, UT, 84041

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LDS Country Creek Ward

625 Country Club Dr

Layton, UT


Viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:45 am to 10:45 am

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 - 36th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Par

836 – 36th St

Ogden, UT


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Born: May 29, 1933
Died: February 18, 2015

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Ana Eldredge posted on 3/16/15

Dear Virginia, I am sorry to hear about the passing of Harley. His influence for good has touched many lives, including mine. My thoughts are with you. Lots of love, Ana M. Eldredge


Bo and Emma Lu Draper posted on 2/24/15

Dear Virginia, We are thinking about you, caring about you, and wishing you comfort and peace. Bob and Emma Lu Draper


Julie Kendell posted on 2/24/15

So sorry to here about the passing of your husband and father. May our Heavenly Father comfort you. Julie (Rock) Kendell


Calvin and Als Denison posted on 2/22/15

Dear Virginia, We were so sorry to hear about Harley. We so enjoyed being your neighbors in Perry, and appreciate all the help you gave us when we were building our house, and getting settled. Harley was a wonderful man and accomplished much in his life. You and your family have our sincere sympathy. Alys and Calvin Denison


Marianne Moody posted on 2/22/15

We were very lucky to know Brother Adamson. He was an icon in the ward and I was able to be a witness to his quick wit and dry humor. Our prayers are with you.


.Donna & Jim Fulks posted on 2/22/15

Dear Virginia, We have just returned today from our trip to Florida and just read Jola's notice to the ward members. We are so thankful that we got back in time for the funeral. We love you both and will miss with all of our hearts having Harley come home teaching to our home. He is one of the finest men we have ever known. Our hearts go out to you and your family at this very hard time in your lives.. Our love.


Doris Rounds posted on 2/21/15

While I was pursuing a degree in elementary education, I was in several of Dr. Adamson's classes. He took a special interest in me and advised me to change to a degree in secondary education. His advice was taken, and I enjoyed twenty-two years teaching in a junior high school. I remember well his saying "You are not teaching English, you are teaching youngsters." I loved and appreciated his classes very much.


Angela Roth posted on 2/21/15

What a blessing to get to know you and Harley while I was your visiting teacher, Virginia. One summer I challenged my teen age son to index 500 names. Because he had done so, he was amazed to learn that Brother Adamson had arbitrated more than 10,000 records. It left an impression. I don't mean to sound cliché, but our family is blessed because we knew you and Harley. Our prayers are with you. Love, Angela Roth


Kirk Hanni posted on 2/21/15

Jan I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad, I also lost mine 4 years ago. My best to you and your family. Kirk


Lois A. Middleton posted on 2/19/15

I am so sorry to hear about your loss, Virginia. How I wish I could be there to give you a hug!!! Where there was once 8 - there is now just 4. Thanks for helping me into the Church! I will always be grateful to you 3 girls. I remember also the Graduation dress your Mom made for me - I have always been grateful for all the things you girls did for me. Best wishes and know that my heart is there with you!!