Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, David Harvey, peacefully passed away at his home on June 1, 2022, surrounded by his family, at the age of 87 years old.
David was born in Pleasant Grove, UT on September 2, 1934, to Leo and Arvilla Harvey. He was the last of six sons born in their family and a twin to James Harvey. He learned the value of hard work and the love of farming by his father, helping to run their farm. David loved team sports, excelling in whatever he played, but especially liked in basketball, tennis, and baseball. Following graduation from Pleasant Grove High School, he served a full-time mission in Mississippi for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then served in the US Army Reserve for six years. After which, David met and married the love of his life and best friend, Dixie Renee Timms. They had eight children, four sons and four daughters. He loved his wife and family deeply and enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sports and musical activities.
David was a respected and beloved member of the community with a memorable handshake. He, unknowingly, crushed anyone’s outreached hand, while giving them one of his easy smiles that brightened anyone’s day. As a farmer, he raised alfalfa, apples, cherries, and wheat. One of his treasured past times was to sit in his favorite chair in the shed on the farm and look at his fields. Time and time again, he (and his family) would get remarks from neighbors and strangers walking along Murdock Trail, saying how much they loved seeing David on his tractor in the fields as they passed. Eventually, some of those fields became the beloved Harvey Park, which was named after, and dedicated to him.
David was a great leader and example to all those he knew. He loved to make a difference and strove to be active in making a change for the better. He served in the House of Representatives for 12 years for the State of Utah. Later, he was elected as a member in the Alpine School Board District and served in that capacity for eight years. Not only was David an inspirational leader in the community, but he was also a dedicated leader and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His faith was paramount in his life. Starting at 30 years old, he served in various capacities within the church. He served as a bishop, stake president, District President at the MTC, Regional Representative, as well as a counselor in the MTC presidency. One of his fondest callings was serving with his wife, Dixie, as a Mission President in the Billings, Montana mission. He loved serving his Savior, Jesus Christ, and he touched the lives of everyone around him. His legacy of service and love, hard work, along with his contagious smile and boisterous laugh will always be remembered.
He is survived by his children, Craig, Julie, Mark, Stan, Carol, Jeff, Annette, and Rebecca, as well as 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and his two brothers, James and Ken Harvey.
Preceded in death by his brothers, Richard, Gene, and J.H. Harvey, as well as his parents Leo and Arvilla Harvey.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 11:00 am in the Manila Stake Center, 850 East 900 North (next to the Mt. Timpanogos Temple), American Fork where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:00 -10:45 am prior to services. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
LIVE STREAM will be available for those unable to attend in person at: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC0DruGJ7d5nmSULndWIYPdw/videos.
Life Story Info
We offer condolences to you Dixie. It is always difficult to lose the love of your life. I feel very blessed Jack is still alive. He is my best friend. We have 17 grandchildren as well, and 4 great grand children. I will be turning 87 in August and I think you will be 87 in September. We are healthy and happy. Jack is a sealer at the temple. Both serve in the temple. My brother Ray will be 94 in September. Our children are all valiant in the gospel as well as our grandchildren. We live across from the Draper temple. Best wishes to you Dixie
Brother Harvey was our family's home teacher. He always radiated positivity and had a meaningful message to share. We marveled that he could still maintain his farm--plant crops, harvest them, etc. at his age. He was inspirational and a very hard worker. We had an opportunity to visit the Harvey's home where there was a special feeling. The Harveys (both David and Dixie) were gracious hosts and made you feel so good to be around them. We missed them so much when our Ward and Stake were divided. Our love goes out to Dixie and all of the family. It is a big loss, not just for his family but all those he served. Thanks, David Harvey, for your great service!
Jun 4, 2022
We send our love to all the family. We cherish our friendship with Brother Harvey and have many sweet memories. He always made us feel most important.