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Obituary for Thomas T. Leavitt, Sr. “Big T”

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Thomas T. Leavitt, Sr. “Big T”

October 11, 1924 - July 15, 2013

Thomas T. Leavitt (Big T) passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, at his home. He was born October 11, 1924, the tenth child of LeRoy H. and Ella Linderman Leavitt. Tom was reared and educated in Ogden City, graduating from Ogden High School. Active in school sports, he acquired a love of baseball and pitched for the Ogden High baseball team. He even held the strike out record while pitching for the American Legion Team. After high school, he participated in spring training with the Cincinnati Reds professional baseball team but was then drafted to WWII. He received many medals including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After his discharge from the service, he returned to baseball, pitching for a local semi-pro team for three years. He later played for a number of local fast pitch softball teams and played in nine fast pitch softball world tournaments.

Tom married Lynnette Harbertson on March 18, 1948, in the Salt Lake City temple. Together, they had three sons. They later divorced.

Tom graduated from Weber College and began working for Aultorest Memorial Corp in 1947. He later attended and graduated from the California College of Mortuary Science. In 1961, he purchased Aultorest and changed the name to Leavitt’s Chapel of Flowers Mortuary and Memorial Park. Tom touched many lives throughout his career and continued to stay involved with the mortuary even in his later years. He often participated in the services, singing at over 7000 funerals as well as many church and civic events.

Tom was a member of the LDS Church and was active in numerous capacities. He was also an active member of the community. He served on multiple boards, committees, foundations and memberships, including The Chamber of Commerce, The 100 Club, Ogden Spikers, Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, and Weber State University Hall of Fame Committee. He also served on the United Fund Campaign, the Cancer and Heart Fund, and the Diabetes Fund. Tom was a past president of the T.O. Smith PTA, past president of the Patio Springs Country Club, past president of the Ogden Golf and Country Club, and past president of the Weber State University Wildcat Club. He was a member of the Air Force Association, the Military Affairs Committee, the Governor’s Club of Northern Utah, the Ogden Opera Guild, the Utah Symphony Ballet Association, and the Canadian Goose Club and Ducks Unlimited. He served on the St. Benedict’s Hospital Foundation, and the board for the Eccles Community Arts Center and Preferred Funeral Directors International. Tom was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Utah Cemetery and American Cemetery Association, and the Utah Funeral Directors Association where he was honored with a Lifetime Service Award.

Tom was an avid Weber State fan, skier, tennis player, and golfer. Tom enjoyed his Wednesday golf group for many years. He made his last hole in one at the age of 87. He was often heard singing and telling people he was the luckiest man in the world.

Tom is survived by three sons; Tom J. Leavitt, J. Scott Leavitt, and Mike L. Leavitt (fiancé Rachel), grandsons, Derek Leavitt and also Ethan and Xander Clark, as well as one sister, Lois Brown, all of Ogden. He is preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, Crystal, 2 brothers, Roy and Wayne, and five sisters; Alice, Florence, Ruth, June, and Mary.

Special thanks to Karen Anderson, IHC Hospice, Asena Itanehau and Comfort Keepers for their outstanding care during the final months of Tom’s life.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 12:00pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary and Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden. Friends may visit family Monday evening from 5:00 – 8:00pm and from 10:00 – 11:45am prior to services.
Interment: Leavitts Aultorest Memorial Park.


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Service Information

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Time: 12:00 pm -

Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Date: Monday, July 22, 2013

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Time: 10:00 am - 11:45 am

Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Leavitt's Mortuary & Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


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Condolences for Thomas T. Leavitt, Sr. “Big T”

Jan Mayer posted on 4/5/14

Tom, Mike and Scott, I have just now heard of your father's passing, as I was running our teen camp at the Columbia Gorge at the time. Even though it has bee a long time since Tom Sr.'s passing I still want to express my deepest condolences to each of you and your entire family. I loved reading the obituary of Tom Sr., and all of the many comments from his many friends. Tom Sr. was a great and accomplished man, there is no doubt. What I loved most about his obituary was to learn just how available and helpful he was to his fellow man, and I can see clearly how that was passed down to each of you. May this great tradition continue.... hope to see you on the slopes soon!


Jacque Faust posted on 8/2/13

Tom, Scott & Mike. I am so sorry for your loss. I was out of town when I got the news and disappointed that I couldn't come to the funeral. Tom Sr. was always so incredibly kind to me. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him.


Lisa (Galvez) and Lynn Scadden posted on 7/28/13

To Michael and Family; Lynn and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad. He was a wonderful man and we have many fond memories of him. We will miss running into him at the grocery store... Lynn recalls with fondness the many conversations he had with your Dad many years ago while they were sitting at the counter of Moores Restaurant on Sunday mornings. Both of us are better off for having known Tommy and he will be sorely missed. Best regards and our most sincere condolences, Lisa and Lynn Scadden


Barry and Ana Eldredge posted on 7/25/13

Our condolences go to the family. Tommy has been a great friend for many years and we will miss him. Barry and Ana Eldredge


Jamie Johnson posted on 7/24/13

Mike and Derrick, I would just like to take the time to let you know how sorry I am for the loss of your father and Grandfather Tommy!!! I didn't know him as well as I do you, however he was always so sweet and so welcoming to me anytime or anywhere I ran into him. Your family has played an important part in my life from the death of my dad to the recent death of my mother. (What a beautiful job you did for mom, you were able to let us see our mother again) Mike I hope that you find comfort in knowing that you had the blessing of sharing so many years with your dad. There is now another beautiful voice in heaven!!! You and Derrick are loved and thought of by myself and my family. Jamie Johnson


Robyn England posted on 7/24/13

Mike, Scott, & Tom We are so sorry to hear about your dad, what kind and wonderful man. He will greatly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. With deepest sympathy, Robyn & Tony England


Michele Faunce Kezior posted on 7/23/13

Tom, Scott and Mike, I just want to tell you how sorry I am. Lisa just called me and let me know about the passing of your Dad. I am in Minnesota this week or I would have been at his funeral today. He has always meant so much to me. He has always been close and I feel I have lost someone special in my life. He has been a great person in my life always telling me how much he loved me and cared about my well being. You have such a great father. I will miss him.


Bart Combe posted on 7/23/13

I am so very sorry for you all. Your father touched the lives of so many. His smile and his love of life will live on through all of you and in those of us he touched.


Marc Paulsen and Aleta Cobabe posted on 7/23/13

Marc and I send our thoughts to you at this time. Your dad put up a long hard fight. He will be missed by the community and leaves such a great legacy.


Ken & Myrna Gronwald posted on 7/22/13

Tom, Jr Sorry for your loss. He was a good man and we know you will miss him a lot. Wished we could be there for you. Our thoughts are with you and your brothers. Love and miss you Ken & Myrna Gronwald


Herman And Hazel Jones posted on 7/22/13

Dear Mike, Tom, and Scott, Our hearts and prayers or with you and the rest of the family. Herman and I have so many beautiful memories of your dad with our family. Every spring Tom would shear flowers with us for the yard. He was such a beautiful parson, although he is going we will truly miss him. But God knew he was tired of suffering and we know he is at piece now, May God keep you!. of Tom


Shelley Williams posted on 7/22/13

Dear Mike & Family Members. Please know how very sad our family was to hear of your wonderful father's passing. Tom was a great man and accomplished so much on his time on earth! What a dear and sweet friend he was to our father, Dick Williams. It seemed like yesterday when he spoke so beautifully at our dad's funeral (which we will be forever grateful for). Tom, Dad and their terrific group of friends had some wonderful times and memories together. My dad loved Tom as does our family. We will always be grateful for the kindness, love and the great friendship he always showed to our dad and family throughout the years. Our prayers are with you and your brothers. It's such a difficult time, but I can see all the "old gang" together now having a wonderful reunion. Much love to you and your family and know our sympathy and love goes out to all of you. Shelley Williams Toni & Scott Lamph Debbie & Jeff Wangsgard Jeff & Kaylene Williams "The Dick Williams Family"


Cydney posted on 7/22/13

I know the three biggest reasons why your Dad thought he was the luckiest person in the world were his three beautiful sons that he couldn't have loved, cherished or been more proud of. He told me more than once that he never wanted to leave you...Thank you for sharing him with me through the years. I adored him and cherished our friendship. I feel like I've lost my second father now...I love you guys. My prayers are with you. If there is anything I can ever do, please let me know. See you all Tuesday. C.


Anne Tarrant posted on 7/22/13

My dear, dear friends, Mike, Tom Jr. and Scott, my heart is very heavy today to know the loss of your father. He was my best friend and your loss is so very much mine. I know he went through a long period of pain. God be with you and the family. I didn't get new until 21 Jul. My phone number changed, but know I am there with all of your in heart and spirit. Will call you.


heide Osborn posted on 7/22/13

So sorry that your father has passed away.. May you all find comfort in your memories ,, God Bless


Nick Pepe posted on 7/22/13

To all of you, I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He was a great man. God bless you all. Nick Pepe


Dave Cox posted on 7/22/13

I am so sorry to hear about Tommy's passing. He played a huge role for me in my life. He was an outstanding mentor, friend, and father figure for me. Tom was someone who I always felt I could come to and taught me much about life. He was truly a man to be admired, for the way he lived life and taking advantage of the time that he had. I will be forever grateful for the time that I was able to spend with Tom, the memories that were created, and the friendship that we developed. Sincerely, David S. Cox DDS CPT


Linda (Fox) Clarkston posted on 7/21/13

Dear Mike, Tom and Scott, My heart and prayers are with you now at this difficult time. I also feel your pain. I have so many wonderful memerories of the time I spent with Tom. He made me laugh and cry. He was so good to me and we had so many fun adventures. I loved him very much and always will. He now rests in the sleep of peace. May his memory be eternal. Ptayers and Blessings to you and your family. In God's Love, Linda


Marilyn Froerer posted on 7/21/13

I have known Tom for about 60 years. I worked with my Dad in the office as a teenager. Tom has always been very kind to our family and we all loved him. He led an interesting life and we were proud to know him. I send my condolences to each of his family members and want you to know you are all special also. Hello Mike! Thanks to you my parents (Orson and Arvilla Mower) as well as my brother, Bruce, had great funerals. Love you all! Marilyn


Russ LeBarron posted on 7/21/13

God bless you Tom. Thank you for your service to the United States of America during World War II and to this community.


Russ LeBarron posted on 7/21/13

God bless you Tom. Thank you for your service in World War II and to this community. We will miss you very much. Russ and Carlisle LeBarron


Don Smith posted on 7/21/13

Tom was one of the first people that I met when our firm was invited to join Preferred Funeral Directors International. We had many wonderful conversations over the years and I always admired his wisdom and understanding of the issues facing our profession. Your family and funeral service have lost a very special man! Please accept my very sincere condolences.


Keith Walker posted on 7/21/13

Tom was a wonderful friend for many years. He will be missed by all. May he rest in peace.


John Thirkill posted on 7/20/13

Leavitt family--Very sorry to hear of your loss. Knew Tom only briefly but long enough to appreciate him, his joy for life, Weber sports activities, OGCC golf, personality and zest fo life. He was a pleasure to associate with and had a great knack for making you feel comfortable and relaxed. Her will be missed by all who had the opportunity to associate with him. Condolences...JohnT


tom rost posted on 7/20/13

Mike and family Just want to say how sorry Nancy and I are on hearing of Tom's passing. We remember his kindness to our family when we came out skiing. Wonderful memories Tom and Nancy Rost


Shelley Goodsell Shulz posted on 7/20/13

Our thoughts are with you and your family.. Always, From all of my family


Rev Alane Currier Griggs posted on 7/20/13

Mike, My prayers are with you during this time of loss. Your dad was always kind to me and the families in my care. What a long battle he fought... I am so glad that he made some cds of everyone's favorite songs. He will be missed. Blessings, Alane


Family of Lynette & Michael Satterfield posted on 7/20/13

Mike, I was so sorry to hear your father passed away. Having lost family members recently and in the past, we have been grateful for the efforts of you and your staff to make each service and interment there at Leavitt's Chapel of Flowers Morturay professional, caring, and personal. My grandmother loved hearing your Father sing. We send our heartfelt condolences to you and your brothers and know you will have wonderful memories of him to keep and treasure.


Tom Gabardi posted on 7/19/13

Mike, Tom, and Scott: I'm very sorry to hear of your father's passing. I have fond memories of him from living across the street in the 70's. He was very kind to our family, particularly when my father died. We send our condolences.


Becky Rounds Blank posted on 7/19/13

My thought and prayers are with the Leavitt sons....Tom was a wonderful man, who was a life long friend of my Mom, Betty Rounds. He was so caring and wonderful to my family when she passed five years ago, he helped all of us through that difficult time. Godspeed Tommy!


Travis Hartzell posted on 7/19/13

First of all I want Mike, Tom Jr. and Scott to know I am thinking of them. I would also like to say I am honored to know and be taught by Tom. He was caring and an amazing funeral director. I will miss him. You will and are in my thoughts at this time.


Dave and Carolyn Lane posted on 7/19/13

Tom and Scott and Family, Sorry to read about the passing of your Dad, he was quite the guy. My folks (Jack and Colleen Lane) went to OHS with him. See you at Snow Basin.......Dave


Beth Halperin posted on 7/19/13

To the Leavitt family: Tom was a dear, sweet, wonderful man. I met him when my Mom passed away and he was very consoling. Mike handled all the arrangements, for which I was extremely grateful because I had no clue what I was supposed to do. I again encountered Tom when I was the volunteer coordinator at the Hill Aerospace Museum and he would occasionally come to the museum on a Saturday for Plane Talk. Then 2 years after my Mom, my Dad passed away and once again Mike helped with everything and Tom was there to console me. You are a wonderful, thoughtful, caring family and I really appreciate everything Tom and Mike did for me. Rest in Peace, Tom. I will miss you.


Matthew Weeks posted on 7/19/13

Dear Mike and Family, We send our condolences on your loss. Tom was an amazing person. We will always be grateful to him and to your family for allowing us to spend a great year living and working at the mortuary while we were students. It was great to read about his many accomplishments including his patriotic service. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Sincerely, Matthew and Lanette Weeks and Family


Charles Anderson posted on 7/19/13

Mike & Rachel Sorry for your loss. Sounds like your Dad was quite a man and self made. I wish the best for you and your entire family over the coming days. We will be thinking of you ! Part of your PFDI family: Charles, Rebekah and Tyler


Greg Titus posted on 7/18/13

Tom is a great man and pillar in our community. He will be missed – We are all just ”the luckiest persons in the world” to have known him ! -The Titus Family


Bill and Pat Goodsell posted on 7/18/13

So sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed.


Ann Hansen posted on 7/18/13

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Leavitt's passing. It's an honor and a joy to have known him, and he will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences go out to all of his family.


David Cobia posted on 7/18/13

It was a great honor to work for Tom and his family at leavitt's. He was easy person to talk to and he great smile. He will be missed dearly.


Cathy Perry posted on 7/18/13

I will miss Tommy's Smile, he was always so kind when he came in and had his vehicle serviced. He always would bring us Ice Cream or Candy. He will be greatly missed by all.


Charon VanderSteen posted on 7/17/13

This world is not going to be as much fun or as funny without my friend Tom. I will greatly miss his smile, laughter, and the warmth I have always felt when being around him. God Bless you Tom and God Bless your family.


Bonnie and Boyd Hoskins Jr posted on 7/17/13

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Tom...he was such a good hearted, kind man. Our family has always gone to Leavitt's when we have lost someone. He was always so kind to us when we were hurting so much. May God be with each of you in this sad time of your life.


Sharon Schirack Kerkman posted on 7/17/13

I always enjoyed bantering with Big T when I would run into him in Ogden....when my husband Kevin Bigler passed away in 1985 Tom was kind enough to sing The Lord's Prayer at the service. Sending angel prayers to Tom, Scott, and Mike and keeping you in my thoughts. Your father was the best guy I knew. May he rest in peace.