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Leavitt's Mortuary
Sunday July 17th, 2022
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Clearfield South Stake
Monday July 18th, 2022
10:00am

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Boyd Alonzo Hadley

Boyd Alonzo Hadley, 81, of Ogden Utah, passed away peacefully at McKay Dee Hospital with family by his side on July 8th, 2022.

Boyd was born on June 15, 1941 to Alonzo Brigham and Wanda Grace Hadley in Ogden, Utah. 

He grew up spending time and working in West Yellowstone, Montana at their family hotels and A.B. Hadley, Co. in South Ogden, Utah.

While in West Yellowstone, he worked at the Hadley's Motel and Madison Hotel helping with construction, laundry and other hotel duties. He also worked at the White's Grocery Store, the saw mill, The Purple Cow (ice cream, hotdog and hamburger store next to the Madison Giftshop), and even ran the movie projector in the only movie theater in town. 

At other times, he would go with his siblings to the garbage dump to watch the bears. 

He was in West Yellowstone when the 7.5 earthquake struck on August 17,1959. He got to help clean up the mess in White's Grocery Store from all the broken glass. Keep in mind, not very much was in plastic containers. He also helped out with the many repairs around town from the earthquake.

After graduating from Weber High School in 1959, he went on to study electronics at Weber State College. 

He then served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1960 to 1962 in the Northern Central States Mission and met his future wife, Susan, in Barron, Wisconsin. While on his mission, he used his gifts and talents to repair the mission cars and serve many others. Upon returning from his mission, he continued to work at A.B. Hadley, Co. In February 1963, Boyd married Susan Topol Hadley in the Logan, Utah Temple.

Boyd was known for his sarcastic humor, kind heart and rough edges. He was charitable and helped countless people with their automotive needs and in various other ways. He learned from a very young age to work hard from sunup to sun down, in hot and cold temperatures. 

He had a very natural talent for understanding mechanical and electrical design and fabrication.

Boyd enjoyed electronics, did radio and TV repairs and was also a (HAM) Amateur Radio Technician radio operator. He was ALWAYS busy with something whether it was making, fixing or trying to improve something. He was VERY inventive and intuitive. He would think outside the box and learned to make due with what he had at the time. He operated a tow truck and towed everything from buses to small cars for over 60 years. He also was a creative master welder, who loved to weld and fabricate SO many things.

Boyd and Susan went on to have five children, Vince, Amy, Vicki, Brian and Chris Hadley. As of July 2022, Boyd and Susan have 19 grandchildren and 4.5 great grandchildren. Boyd loved his family more than anything. Everything that he did, every sacrifice that was made was for them. They were his pride and joy and it showed in how hard he worked, every project that was made and the love he showed in his own way, everyday.

In 2020, due to health limitations, Boyd retired from A.B. Hadley, Co.

Boyd was predeceased by his parents Alonzo and Grace Hadley as well as his siblings Norma Salmond (Bob) and Janet Ostler (Lloyd).

Boyd is survived by his wife, Susan T. Hadley, Clearfield, UT, and children - Vince Hadley (Tiffany) Moscow, ID,  Amy Berry, Fairfax, VA, Vicki Humphries (John) Elgin, SC, Brian Hadley (Sunnie) Bountiful, UT, Chris Hadley (Mandy) Clearfield, UT, and his remaining sibling, Linda Christensen (Jim) of South Ogden, UT.

A viewing will be held at Leavitt's Mortuary located at 836 36th street in Ogden, Utah on Sunday, July 17th from 6pm to 8pm.

Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Clearfield South Stake Center located at 2186 Katies Way, Clearfield, UT 84015, on Monday, July 18th at 10am.

A light lunch with shared memories will take place back at the Church at approximately 1:30 to celebrate his life.


To send flowers to the family in memory of Boyd Hadley, please visit our flower store.




Guestbook

Amazing man, Hilarious sense of humor. Best damn mechanic I ever knew.

Thomas Hanselman Jul 18 2022 10:05 AM

I remember the family Christmas parties at the Hadley home next door to A&B Hadley garage. We cousins played and partied waiting for Santa.My sincere condolences to Susan and Linda.......all of the family.

Marian Thompson Uhler Jul 17 2022 7:19 PM

I count meeting Boyd and his family as one of the great blessings of my life. Really I probably didn't get his humor at first, but the thing that impressed me most was the complete honesty of Boyd and as I was to learn later the rest of his family. Broken down or near broken down was the kinds of cars I used to drive, and I could always count on the best and most honest service and advice from the Hadley's. As my children learned to drive and deal with broken cars they also relied on his service. More than once he helped us to his own detriment I'm sure, but earned our loyalty and continued business. I'm going to miss Boyd as I'm sure many others will as well. Wishing the very best to his family.

Mike Layton Jul 17 2022 4:10 PM

Very sad to hear about Boyd’s passing, will always remember his quick wit and love of his family, he kept Mike and I on our toes during the sale of the garage.

Larry Beddome Jul 17 2022 10:32 AM

A B Hadley's was our "go-to" place for car troubles for many, many years. We knew we could trust Boyd to tell us the truth and to get the job done. He was always so funny-ready to give us the eye roll and grunt for the old beat up things we brought to him! We have also appreciated Chris for carrying on...he learned his dad's honesty and work ethic. What a fine man and family. Our world is a little less bright without Boyd in it. Sincere condolences.

Richard and Janet Howard Jul 16 2022 6:05 PM

He was a good man who kept every car I owned running from 1981 to 1997 (I moved to SLC and had to find a new mechanic). From time to time my son-in-law Brian Hadley would have to transport my car to A B Hadley’s for repairs and service. Of course I never found a shop owner as honest and concerned about my cars as Boyd - he is loved and will be missed.

Kim Guess Jul 14 2022 6:46 PM

I am so sorry for your loss! Boyd and I both graduated from Weber High in 1959. We were good friends. RIP Boyd!

Richard Price Jul 14 2022 12:45 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Boyd always made me laugh, especially when things didn'tseem to be going ver well. I loved his sense of humor. Boyd will always be remembered with great fondness. Thoughts and prayers for the family

Sian Jones Jul 13 2022 10:50 PM

Our deepest sympathies go out to your family during this tough time. The Hadley family was part of us for a long time. Boyd was always the goofy yet strict man that kept that place going but no matter how tough his day was he could always make us laugh.
Heidi Allen
Madison Delacruz (Allen)
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Heidi Allen Jul 13 2022 10:38 PM

Also a SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the staff at Barrington Place in Clinton for their help in also caring for Boyd. Love you Dad. - Chris

Chris Hadley Jul 13 2022 8:32 PM

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