George D. Leigh
Salt Lake City, Utah
George D. Leigh, born on January 22, 1927, in Cedar City, to parents Bernard Fife and Idona Steward Leigh, peacefully passed away in Salt Lake City on October 26, 2023.
In his early Cedar years, George spent his childhood herding sheep with his father on Leigh Hill, fostering a deep appreciation for hard work and resilience. At 17, George embarked on a new journey and joined the Navy during World War II. He served as a Seaman 1st Class aboard the USS battleship Colorado and later the USS Quincy, where he exhibited a strong sense of discipline, duty, and honor that would become the core of his character throughout his life.
Following his military service, the GI Bill offered him an opportunity to pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering at BYU, where he graduated with distinction. He began his career at Utah Construction, subsequently working at WABCO in Peoria, Illinois, and Rocky Mountain Machinery in Salt Lake City. His later success was with the Park Corporation in Tucson, Arizona, where he made valuable contributions.
George went on a blind date with Yvonne Anderson, and their connection led to a joyful and fulfilling marriage that lasted 72 years. They shared countless cherished moments, playing golf with friends and embarking on memorable journeys to countries such as Japan, Australia, and the Panama Canal.
George is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne; and their children: Robert (Robyn), Laurie (Mike), Lance, and Richard (Teresa). He also leaves behind a legacy of joy in his grandchildren: Brad (Liza), Kim (Akira), Ryan (Amberly), Todd, Marisa (Richie), Taylor, and Christopher; six great-grandchildren; sister, Mary (Kenneth) Talbot. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Stewart and Forrest; and sister, Elaine.
George D. Leigh will forever be remembered as a remarkable individual who lived a life of integrity, resilience, and love. His family will cherish their shared memories, and his legacy will inspire future generations.
A graveside service to honor George will be held November 3, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. in the Richfield Cemetery, where a viewing will begin at 1:30 p.m. Military honors by the V.W.F. Sevier Post #5050 and Navy Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com