Information for James Albert Leavitt

21 August, 1895 2 October, 1995

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

5 October, 1995
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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James Leavitt

    James Albert Leavitt, 100, passed away October 2, 1995, at a Nampa hospital.  Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 1995, at the Melba Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Bishop Mark Hoagland will officiate.  Burial will follow in Melba Cemetery.  Services are under direction of Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Albert was born August 21, 1895, at Bunkerville Nevada, the eldest of 13 children.  He spent his growing up years working hard at various jobs to help support his family in the dry Nevada desert.  In 1917 he served a three-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Missouri.  Upon his return, he worked building several roads around Bunkerville.  
    Albert married Ester Chloe Heaton from Orderville, Utah, in 1920 in the St. George Temple. They spent their first year of marriage farming in Bunkerville, before moving to Las Vegas for a time where he drove an ice wagon.  During the Depression, he moved his family to Search Light, Nevada, where he worked maintaining county roads during the day and mining a claim he'd leased at night.  Later he was able to move his family back to Bunkerville where he and a brother-in-law owned and operated a general store, and he farmed and owned a herd of dairy cattle.
    In June of 1943, Albert moved his family to a farm near Bowmont, Idaho, where he still resided at the time of his death.  He retired from farming in 1960, but raised a large garden which he shared with family and friends each year until the present time.
    Albert loved his family, his church and his country.  He took an active interest in politics and wrote many editorials.   He served in several positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including choir leader, Bishop, high councilman, and a stake missionary.  One of his greatest joys was attending the Boise Temple.  He had a beautiful voice and loved to sing and recite poetry.  He was an active outdoorsman who spent long hours hunting and fishing.  He enjoyed people and loved to visit with them.  In July he was a Grand Marshal for Melba's 4th of July Parade.  In August he celebrated his 100th birthday which was attended by over 300 friends and family members.
    Albert is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Vance and Jean Leavitt; two daughters, Caroline Maybon and Omera Brown and her husband Jay, all of Melba; three sisters, Eleanor Waite of St. George, Utah, Ethel Leavitt of Bunkerville, Nevada, and Amy Jacobsen of Fallon, Nevada; one brother, Achel Leavitt of Denver, Colorado; fourteen grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Chloe; three brothers; five sisters; a son-in-law, Dean Maybon; and a great-grandchild. 
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Melba EMT's, P.O. Box 189, Melba, ID 83641; or the L.D.S. Church Missionary Fund, Salt Lake City Missionary Department, 50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150.
    Friends may call at Alsip Funeral Chapel today from 5 to 9 p.m. and the family will greet friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.  The family will also greet friends Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.


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