Leland Riley Thompson1928 ~ 2012Leland Riley Thompson of Midvale, Utah, passed away on January 4, 2012 from complications following surgery. He was 83 years of age.Born on September 5, 1928 in Scipio, Utah to Riley Silas and Fay Johnson Thompson, Leland spent the early part of his life working the family farm. He attended Millard High School where he was a member of the basketball team, and carried a sincere love of the game throughout his lifetime. He cheered on all of the local college teams and always found time to watch the Utah Jazz. In 1951, Leland answered the call of his country and spent two years in the Army at Fort Warden, Washington training as a pilot for amphibious landing craft, in preparation for deployment to Korea. During this time, he developed a keen interest in diesel mechanics, and when his service was finished, he enrolled in Central Utah Vocational School (Trade Tech) in Provo to study diesel engine mechanics. Upon completion of his education, he took a job at Wheeler Machinery Company as a junior mechanic, where he spent 38 years in several capacities until his retirement in January 1995. Leland was respected and well-known across the nation for his ability to diagnose problems with diesel engines, even by listening to them over the phone. His reputation spread throughout the trucking community as someone who could quickly get the job done right the first time. On a blind date in late 1955, he met the love of his life, Dora Mae Gardner, and they were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 31, 1956. They eventually settled in Midvale, Utah where they planted firm roots. In 1965, they adopted their only son, Regie, and spent many summers vacationing throughout the west, camping, fishing, hunting, and just enjoying the outdoors together. After retirement, some health issues slowed Leland, but he managed a visit to St. Louis and Branson, MO and several road trips to visit his son in Oregon. He rarely had a negative word to say about anything, enjoyed a good visit with family, a tight ballgame, hard work, and a juicy steak. He was a faithful husband and loving father, and will be dearly missed by many who knew him.He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dora Mae, son Regie (Flo Bozzani), several nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, sisters Fay Louise and Ella, and brothers Farrell and Gary.Funeral services will be held at 10:00AM on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at the Midvale Utah East Sixth Ward, 7250 South 300 East, Midvale, UT. Leland will be laid to rest the same day at 2:30PM following a brief graveside service held at the cemetery in his hometown of Scipio, Utah. There will be a viewing on Tuesday January 10 from 6-8PM at the church, and one hour prior to the funeral. The family would like to thank the many health care professionals that cared for Leland for their compassionate service, as well as the members of his LDS ward for their generous assistance. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request a small donation to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.