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Obituary: LEE, BOYD HARMON

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014 6:13 p.m. MDT

Boyd Harmon Lee1927 ~ 2011"Endured to the End"Boyd Harmon Lee, age 84, passed away peacefully on November 24, 2011, Thanksgiving Day, from cancer, with family by his side. He was born October 3rd in Salt Lake City, Utah the 5th of eight sons born to S. Perry Lee and Bertha Harmon. His mother passed away from cancer when he was just 9 years old. His father later married Chloris Rich and a baby girl, Cherie, was born to them. The boys adored Chloris and Cherie. Boyd grew up next to the Jordan River at about 13th South in SLC providing him many hours of adventure on and around the river. He graduated from South High School in 1944 where he enjoyed working behind the scenes on the stage crew. He enlisted in the Army that same year and served in the European Theater 4 years attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was called to the Brazil Mission where he served honorably for 2 & 1/2 years and built lasting friendships with his missionary companions. He was one of the few missionaries that were sent out during that time. The mission has since split into 14 missions. He was sealed to his sweetheart, Rita Yvonne Curtis, in the Salt Lake Temple June 7, 1951 by his uncle, Pres. Harold B. Lee, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. They were blessed with 4 children; Terryl (Sheri), Kayleen (Craig) Houskeeper, Erin (Rhett) Spencer, and Ryan, all sealed to their spouses in the temple. The boys both attained the rank of Eagle Scout and both served in the same mission in Germany, 10 years apart. Boyd retired from Utah Power & Light Co. He had a great love for operas and plays. As a faithful High Priest in the L.D.S. Church he accepted and served in many stake and ward callings including Stake Extraction Director and Indexing Director for over 30 years until his death. Boyd and Rita served as veil workers together at the Jordan River Temple for 9 years. He and Rita traveled all across the U.S. on bus tours together and took their family on many fun vacations. He has always had a testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. His greatest legacy may be the propagation of the Gospel in his posterity. He led his family in prayer, Family Home Evenings, and scripture reading and encouraged his children to become educated and industrious. Preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Wayne (Frances), Ruel (Gloria), Claude (Merlyn), Dean (Lorna). Also a daughter-in-law, Sheri, & granddaughter Rebecca. He is survived by brothers Maurice (Helen), Noel (Marilyn), and sister Cherie (John) McDonald, 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson. The family wishes to express special thanks to Alta View Hospital, the Intermountain Medical Center, Care Source Hospice, and Larkin Sunset Gardens and his doctors for their tender loving care. Funeral services will be held December 2, 2011 at 12:00 noon, at the Hillcrest 9th Ward L.D.S. meetinghouse located at 915 E. Peach Blossom Drive, Sandy, Utah with a viewing before the services beginning at 10:00 a.m. A viewing will also be held the night before from 6-8:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South in Sandy. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens. He valiantly fought for life, amazing his doctors for 40 years. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7.