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Leo LaVar Felix

March 15, 1934 — February 28, 2024

Springville, UT

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It is with loving hearts that we announce the passing of Leo LaVar Felix, who entered this world on March 15, 1934, in Springville, Utah, born to Leo Felix and Utahna Metcalf. LaVar departed this life on February 28, 2024, surrounded by loved ones, leaving behind a legacy of love, service, and cherished memories.

LaVar's journey began in the close-knit community of Springville, where he was raised by his parents and grandparents, instilling in him values of community, resilience, and love for family. LaVar's life unfolded against the scenic backdrop of his beloved hometown, where he graduated from Springville High School class of 1952, shaping the foundation for a life filled with dedication and compassion.

LaVar was drafted into the United States Navy, serving with honor and distinction. His dedication to duty took him to various assignments, including service on the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea. LaVar's commitment to his country was a testament to his unwavering sense of duty and patriotism.

On September 11, 1958, LaVar was sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple to Carolyn Argyle, embarking on a 65-year journey of shared joys, challenges, and unwavering love. Together, they raised four children, creating a home filled with warmth, hard work, laughter, and enduring familial bonds.

In addition to his military service, LaVar was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, finding strength and solace in his faith. LaVar served as a bishop three times, serving in an MTC branch presidency, providing leadership and support to his congregation. His spiritual devotion was an inspiration to those around him.

LaVar's commitment to service extended to his professional life, with dedicated years at the Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Company and later venturing into entrepreneurship as a self-employed individual. LaVar's resilience, determination, and entrepreneurial spirit defined his personal and professional journey.

LaVar also found joy and solace in the great outdoors. An Eagle Scout and passionate hunter and fisherman, he spent cherished moments in nature with his family, reveling in the beauty of the mountains and lakes. His love for hunting and fishing was not merely a hobby but a way of connecting with the world around him.

In addition to his many accomplishments, LaVar earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a master's degree from the University of Utah, showcasing his commitment to education and lifelong learning.

For nine years, he and Carolyn served a mission at the Conference Center, dedicating his time and energy to creating a welcoming and meaningful experience for visitors and fellow members. His service mission showcased his selflessness and love for those around him.

LaVar is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Argyle Felix, their children Stacy Nance (David), Garth Felix (Cheryl), Brent Felix, (Amy), Daren Felix (Marya), his sister Geniel Larsen and Brother Jan Felix as well as a legacy that includes 19 adoring grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, brothers Raymond Felix and Glade Felix and grandson Tyson Nance.  His memory will forever be cherished by his family and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate LaVar's life will be held on March 2, 2024, at 11:00am at the chapel located at 878 West Center Street, Springville, Utah.  A visitation will be held from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the same location.  Family and friends are invited to join in honoring his memory and sharing stories of his impactful life.

Following the memorial service, LaVar will be laid to rest at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.


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