LaVar Hamblin Davies, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away Friday, April 20 of causes incident to age.
LaVar was born March 17, 1922 in Wellington, Utah the fifth of eight children born to William Davies and Esther Cecilia Hamblin.
He spent his childhood in Talmage and Draper, Utah, eventually moving with his family to Springville, where he graduated from Springville High School. He attended Weber State College where he met the love of his life, Lorraine Riley. They were married in Ogden, Utah in August of 1942. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti LDS temple on June 27, 1964.
LaVar joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 at the height of World War II, serving as a radio and radar aircraft technician. He always took great pride in his service to his country.
Upon his discharge from the military, LaVar, Lorraine and their young son, Michael, moved to Provo so LaVar could attend Brigham Young University. He became an electrician and worked in that trade for the rest of his professional life. During their time in Provo their second child, Lucille, was born.
After living for a short time in Orem the young family moved to Springville and bought their first home in the Brookside subdivision. They lived in Brookside for six years, where their third child, Roger, was born. During that time LaVar became employed by the Geneva works of U.S. Steel, where he worked as an electrician and in management for 36 years. In 1957 LaVar and his family built a home on Canyon Road in Springville where their fourth child, Christine, was born.
LaVar’s posterity was his greatest joy.
LaVar worked hard all his life and instilled a strong work ethic in his children and grandchildren. He loved the outdoors, especially, hunting, fishing and boating with his family. He had a special love for the Uintah Basin, and spent as much time as possible there with family and friends.
LaVar was the epitome of service to others. His passion was helping other people with whatever their needs may have been. He loved the Lord and was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, serving in many positions throughout his life. His favorite calling, however, was Home Teacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 62 years, a granddaughter, Rebecca Taylor, and six of his siblings, Maggie Stevenson, Addie Adams, Lyman Davies, Delbert Davies, John R. Davies and Eileen Black Bright.
He is survived by his children Michael (Karen), Lucille (Don) Olsen, Roger (Sydney) and Christine (Michael) Williams, 18 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He also is survived by a sister, Geniel Reay.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 27 in the LDS chapel at 495 S. Canyon Road, Springville. Friends may call one hour prior to the services. Interment will be at the Springville Evergreen cemetery.