Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Gail H. Leavitt passed away peacefully on the evening of Thursday, November 19th, 2020, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Gail was born on October 25th, 1931, in St. George, Utah to Charles Clinton Leavitt and Rhoda Hafen Leavitt
He spent his childhood in Bunkerville, Nevada, playing slingshots with his brothers, Clair Leavitt and Alfred Leavitt. He attended Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite, Nevada, where he enjoyed playing basketball and football. He graduated in 1948.
In the Summer of 1955, Gail worked pumping gas at a service station in Glendale where he met his eternal sweetheart, a young waitress named Lorraine Harmon. The two of them were engaged in January of 1956 and married in October. They were sealed in the Manti Temple in 1965.
After their wedding, Gail and Lorraine moved to Monticello, Utah, where Gail worked driving trucks and moving uranium ore from the mine to the refinery. Eventually, this work took Gail and Lorraine to Moab, Utah, where they would remain for 43 years and raise their four children: Anette, Valerie, Bart, and Greg.
In Moab, Gail and Lorraine made many close and lifelong friends. Gail was able to purchase a service station on Highway 191, where he would work for 25 years. His friends, children, and grandchildren have many fond memories of visiting him at the station on warm summer afternoons.
After his retirement, Gail and Lorraine spent 13 years in Logandale, Nevada. Together they served as temple workers in the Las Vegas LDS Temple for 10 of those years. Finally, they moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, so they could be near family.
Gail is survived by his wife Lorraine Harmon Leavitt, his four children and their spouses, Flint and Anette Stephens (Highland, UT), Bruce and Valerie Raymond (Pueblo, CO), Bart and Sharon Leavitt (Moab, UT) and Greg and Candi Leavitt (Grand Junction, CO), and his brother, Alfred Leavitt (Parowan, UT). Gail was a loving grandfather to 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Rhoda Leavitt, his brother Clair Leavitt, and his grandson, Jacob Stephens.
Gail leaves us all with heavy hearts and fond memories of tailgating, hot dog roasts, four-wheeling, card games, and quiet acts of kindness that made us feel loved. He taught us how to work hard and show kindness and two-step and change our oil. He lived his life exquisitely, and we are sure that heaven was waiting, with powdered donuts and milk, for him to arrive.
A private graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 2651 Spanish Valley Dr. in Moab, Utah. Participation in the funeral will be available via a live stream on the Spanish Valley Mortuary Facebook page.