Larry George Simpson completed his earthly mission on April 22nd , 2023. He passed peacefully surrounded by his family after an 18 month battle against glioblastoma. Larry’s legacy is one of optimism, friendship, hard work, humor, and faith. Larry was born on July 8th 1954 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Harry and Verna Simpson. He is the youngest of three children and the only son.
Larry graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Accounting and later earned his CPA certification. He began working for the State of Utah shortly thereafter beginning with the Auditor’s office and ending his career at the Department of Finance where he loved training fellow employees. Larry made many lifelong friends and was admired for his hard work ethic and his joyful attitude. He retired due to his cancer diagnosis after 43 years of enjoyment.
Larry was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He loved the Savior and has a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Larry served faithfully as a full- time missionary from 1973-75 in the New Zealand South Mission. He served in many callings throughout his life, including Scoutmaster, Elder’s Quorum President, Stake Young Men’s President, Bishopric counselor, Bishop, Stake Presidency counselor, Stake President, Area Temple and Family History Advisor, Stake Self-Reliance Specialist, and Stake Temple and Family History Consultant. These callings gave him endless opportunities to serve others and show his dedication to following Jesus Christ. Larry was unfaltering in his ministering and loyal to his assigned families.
Larry loved attending and serving in the temple. He attended the temple weekly for over 20 years. He served as a temple worker in the Salt Lake temple for many years and also as a temple sealer beginning in 2013. Larry loved being in the temple and feeling the peace that it brought him. He served most recently as a sealer at the Jordan River temple. The friendships that he made were cherished and provided comfort during his years of service.
Larry’s greatest joy in life was his family. He is survived by his wife and eternal companion Gloria; his daughter Andrea (Matthew); and his sons Thomas (Shil) and Nathan (Nicole). Larry’s pride and joy was his grandchildren; Elizabeth, Spencer, Brooke, and Tyler Jenkins; Benjamin, Lauren, and Madeline Simpson. He loved taking vacations and spending time with his family. Larry is also survived by his adoring sisters; Judy and Mary.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers-in-law (Jack and Bill).
A viewing will be held on Thursday, April 27th from 6-8pm at Larkin Sunset Lawn (2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84108). Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 28th at 11am at the Richards Ward (860 East Downington Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT. 84105). A short viewing will be held prior to services from 10-10:45am.
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- Survived By
- Gloria Simpson, Wife