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Obituary for Leland Vander Does

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Leland Vander Does

August 10, 1934 - September 17, 2016

Leland R. Vander Does, 82, of Layton, Utah, passed away peacefully of natural causes on September 17, 2016 at the Rocky Mountain Care facility.  Leland was born August 10, 1934 in Ogden, Utah to Cornelius and Vesta P. Vander Does.


Leland is survived by one brother, Elmer H. Vander Does and three sons, Ricky Lee (Laurie) Vander Does of Layton, Utah, Jerry R. (Shaunna) Vander Does of Parker, Colorado and Bart Dee (Paulette) Vander Does of Amarillo, Texas.  He lived most of his early life in Twin Falls, Idaho and later moved with his family to Layton, Utah.


Leland loved his family very much and provided well for them.  He worked for the Safeway grocery chain for 40 years.  He was promoted to store manager at age 19; the youngest manager in the entire company.  For many years he had the most profitable store in the entire division in the small town of Twin Falls, Idaho.  He loved working with people and his kind and generous nature endeared him to his customers.  Many traveled miles to shop in Lee’s store.


Leland married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Kay Riddle on January 7, 1953 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  They were both 18 and remained married for 54 years until Beverly passed away in 2005.  Lee has missed her terribly.


In Leland’s spare time he enjoyed road trips with the family.  He loved to travel and he loved to drive.  He always took excellent care of his vehicles and his boys spent many an hour waxing Dad’s car to the mirror shine he loved.  Grandpa enjoyed rock hunting and would find unusual rocks and polish them into jewelry which he gifted to family and friends.  In later years, he loved to watch the Jazz play basketball and knew every player by name and position.  He would take the grandkids in his car to feed the ducks at Layton Park and knew spots where he would find deer and wildlife for the kids to see and enjoy.  Lee had a sweet tooth and lived to take his grandkids out for treats and a soda pop.  Family was very important to Leland and Beverly, a wonderful trait they passed on to their children and grandchildren.


Friends and family may call at the LDS Evergreen Chapel, 2435 East 1500 North, East Layton from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, September, 21, 2016 for the viewing to be held in the Relief Society Room.


Please join us to celebrate his wonderful life at his funeral service on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the LDS Evergreen Chapel, 2435 East 1500 North, East Layton.  Family will greet friends prior to services from 10:00 to 10:45 AM.


Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

LDS Evergreen Chapel, 2435 East 1500 North, East Layton

Family will greet friends prior to services from 10:00 to 10:45 AM.


Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

LDS Evergreen Chapel, 2435 East 1500 North, East Layton




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Born: August 10, 1934
Died: September 17, 2016

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Ava Tracy posted on 9/24/16

Elmer and Family. My sympathy to you Elmer for the passing of your brother. Know that you are in my prayers. Love, Ava (Crosby) Tracy


Louis and Lois Russell posted on 9/21/16

We knew Lee while he worked in Twin Falls, Louis worked in Gooding at the Safeway store, we are so sorry to hear about Lee, He was a good man___Louis and Lois Russell, Boise


Pauline Joynes posted on 9/21/16

I am so sorry for your loss. My name is Pauline, and I had the pleasure of meeting your Dad, during his stay, at Fairfield Village. While I visited my Mother, I would visit with him. Such a twinkle in his eye, with that great smile, and beautiful spirit. I send prayers for your family. God Bless