Chan L Maxfield

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Our kind, hard-working, humorous, and loving husband, father, and grandfather, Chan Maxfield, died peacefully of aging on May 7, 2021. He was 88.

Chan was born in a log cabin on January 20, 1933 to LaVera Larsen Maxfield and Carlos Dewey Maxfield. Growing up in post-depression rural Emery County, Chan learned to work hard and be frugal. He also developed tenacious optimism and the ability to find humor, even in the face of adversity.

Upon graduating from high school, Chan moved to Salt Lake City. He was then drafted into the army and served during peaceful times in Pennsylvania. Thereafter, Chan served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern California. He was devoted to his faith and built lifelong friendships with those he served.

Chan married Naomi Lee Timothy on November 9, 1956. Together they raised three boys: Larry Chan (Cory), Martin Edward (Janis), Jason Robert (Kristen).

To support his family, Chan worked for Unisys (Sperry Rand) for 30 years. Simultaneously, he invested in real estate and worked tirelessly, remodeling and managing rental properties. In 1984, Chan co-founded Access Development. Upon his retirement from Unisys, he enjoyed a second career at Access—and a third as co-founder of the Indian Ridge Lodge in Indianola, Utah, where he recently re-retired.

Chan loved working hard. He truly believed, “a man can never have too many tools.” He had a huge collection of tools and he knew how to use them. Indeed, his love for tools extended to heavy equipment including a road grader, bulldozer, track hoe, skid-steer loaders, dump trucks and much more.

Chan wanted all his posterity to learn how to be self-sufficient. He enjoyed teaching his kids and grandkids framing, It will feel better, when it stops hurting wiring, plumbing, carpentry, auto repair, and real estate entrepreneurship.

Chan enjoyed dirt biking, jeeping, sailing, hunting, and being outdoors with family. He especially enjoyed family reunions at Starvation Reservoir and loved family off-road outings to Moab and the Rubicon.

Chan was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi, son, Marty, and daughter-in-law Janis. He is survived by two children, eleven grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

As a family, we wish to thank Jason, Kristen, Kaidin, and Kienan for their compassionate, loving care of Chan during his recent convalescence. They provided a safe and healthy home for Chan and supported his wishes during his end-of-life departure. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local foodbank to assist families in need.

Chan’s funeral will be held graveside at the Fairview City Cemetery on Thursday May 13, 2021 at 11:00am. The service will also be broadcast live via Facebook.

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A dear cousin will be greatly missed.

Karen Larsen Thompson , Taylorsville, UT, US May 24, 2021

We want to thank him and his family and all they have done for us. We miss Indian Ridge and we know Lisa has enjoyed working with Larry. God bless all of you.

Ed & Ramona.

Ramona, and Edward Tomsik , washington, UT, US May 13, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Chan was always such a light and a joy in my life. He will be missed. Love you—Steve and Dayna

Steve Shoell , Millcreek , UT, US May 12, 2021

Chan was a man of Great Stature. In mind, thoughts and actions.

I will always treasure meeting him. 1992. Chan goes to Larry and says, "I've hired this guy,(me) and it was off to the races.

The stories about MMS/ADC would have never happened without Chan, His beloved Naomi, Larry and Sherry H.

Larry, Cory and the rest of the Maxfield family. Anyone who ever met Chan will miss him. What a Tribute!

Thank you Chan.

Mason W. Risher

Mason Risher , Homer, AK, US May 11, 2021

Chan was one of my favorite cousins growing up. I loved to hear his laugh. I can remember movies at the Church in Ferron and hearing Chans laughing from the back. I have not seen Chan for many years but I have wondered where he is. I heard that he moved to Erda years ago but I couldn't locate him. Love to his family!

Earl Larsen , Grantsville , UT, US May 10, 2021

Larry and Cory- I am sorry too hear of the loss of your Father and Father-In-Law. Your children were blessed too have known him in this earthly existence! You never forget the loss of loved ones, but time does make it easier to accept. Sincerely, Kevin L. Smith

Kevin LaMont Smith May 10, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Chan will be greatly missed.

Jim & Karen Elliott , Sandy, UT, US May 10, 2021

Chan, whenever you come in mind, there is always big smile on my face! Oh the fond memories, always discussion about politics, ah...Hilary Clinton. The vehicles, Dodge trucks or the Jetta car that was diesel. You are one of those individuals that was truly a blessing to know and to call you a friend. The world has lost a great man. You will be missed but what a reunion you are having now with loved ones that have passed. Rest in peace, big guy!

Laura Hanson , South Jordan, UT, US May 10, 2021

We are privileged to be considered a part of the Maxfield family and blessed to have known Chan. He and Dave had many conversations about politics and their love of cars. He was such a sweet and thoughtful man always remembering to ask about my sister and how she was doing. Our prayers are with his family and knowing he will be missed by all who knew him. Love the Maxfield family so much!! May God bless you all..

Dave & Debbie Bess , Fairview, UT, US May 10, 2021


You will be sorely missed. Every encounter with you was delightful and entertaining and chock full of learning and wisdom. Until we meet again!

Lynne Senske , SLC, UT, US May 10, 2021

Love his no-nonsense approach to life, living, giving and in all things avoiding taxes... He was very smart and had a great business sense and knowledge of any/all things. He will be missed as an asset to the company and friend.

Kelly Passey , bountiful, UT, US May 10, 2021

My deepest sympathies for the loss of such a kind and generous soul. Wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time as you celebrate Chan and the life he lived.

Lisa May 10, 2021

Chan man, what can I say?? I've had so many memories & moments with you over the years. I can't just pick one over another that stands out more, but believe me they were all memorable. LOL! I will miss you much. God bless you my friend.

Debby Thomas May 10, 2021

I would see Chan regularly as he made his way to his son Larry's office for their weekly lunch. He'd stop by my office, and we'd talk about whatever was on our minds -- which was usually cars with the best gas mileage. Chan always had a smile for everyone and was a quiet hero for us at Access. Thank you for gracing us with your presence and example, Chan. It was a pleasure knowing you.

Andrew Graft , Salt Lake City, UT, US May 10, 2021

Rest well Chan. Thank you for the amazing one-liners and laughs at lunches.

What a great life and beautiful legacy!

Dan Aamodt , Loves Park, IL, US May 10, 2021