Throughout his 79 years of life Max died four times; once when he was 20 years old from a car crash. He saw the light but was told that it wasn’t his time just yet. The second time he was hit by another car in 1978 when he tumbled over the car. The third time was when he became non-responsive this past January while in the Jordan Valley Hospital. Each time he lived; this fourth time, July 26, 2022, he transitioned to the other side.
Max was born July 5, 1943 to Harvey Carl Weiss and LaVoyle (Sallie) Wilkins Weiss in Long Beach, California. Max’s father was in the Navy and they traveled many places during his youth. The place he loved the most, and called home, was Roosevelt, Utah where his maternal family lived. He would go there many times while his parents moved from base to base. Max’s cousins, Terry Huxford and Doyle Wilkins were like brothers to him since he was an only child. The three of them would spend many fun times together whenever Max was in Roosevelt.
Max graduated high school in 1961. His first job was in electronics which he was quickly able to move out on his own. His first daughter, April (Shane) was born in 1965 and raised her on his own. His 2nd marriage he was blessed with two more; Terri and Dustin. He moved back to Roosevelt where he met his 3rd wife and they had four children; Tina, Sallie (Larry), David, and Chris (Hannah). Max wanted a family which was his biggest wish due to growing up an only child. He met the love of his life at Rocky Point Haunted House in 1995. They married in 2005 and were sealed for time and eternity in the Jordan River Temple in 2014. This marriage came with two adult children, Roxanne and Andrea, whom he loved as his own.
Max began a lifelong goal of Martial Arts while in high school when he started with Judo. He earned a brown belt during this training. After Judo he started Japanese Karate where he earned a 4th degree black belt. He used this training to help calm his mind and body. He also began teaching others when he moved back to Roosevelt.
Max started his collegiate career after high school at San Diego State University. While there he earned three bachelor’s degrees: Physics, Chemistry, and Anthropology. Max earned a fourth bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Utah State University. Shortly after he began his teaching career.
Max taught Chemistry at Duchesne High School for 12 years. While there he met a good friend; J.D. Mitchell, who was the principal. He and Max had a very close and special bond.
Life took another turn and Max left Roosevelt to live in Salt Lake County. He was hired at Eastmont Middle School where he taught math and science. He retired from there in 2006. During the next few months, he earned a Master’s degree in Education and was hired on at Salt Lake Community College as an Adjunct Professor in math and physics.
Max loved woodworking, golf, chess (playing and building sets), and worked on ways to use alternate fuels for vehicles. He loved to doodle and draw many kinds of characters including his own super hero. For many years he was involved with the film industry here, in Utah. He loved being in front of the camaras but did his best work behind it as an FX make-up artist, weapons master, fight coordinator, and director.
Preceded in death by both parents, cousins and good friends. Along with his children listed above, he is survived by his loving wife, Teri, 22 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Max was loved by many and will be deeply missed.
An open house celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 20th from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at The Bingham Canyon Lions Club located at 8725 W Hillcrest St., Copperton Utah.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation, in his name, to your favorite charity.
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Max, you will be missed at our dinners we had with the six of us. I know that you are in a happy place with your parents and good friends (Neal and James). I will always remember your friendship, and deep talks that we had in this life. I just hope we can continue them after when I see you again. Peace be with you my friend.
Please accept my deepest condolences. Max was always kind and patient. I remember working with with Max and Teri at RPHH in the makeup department. He was so good with wounds. I was talking about it with him, he gave me the advice, "you have to think about the wound, how it happened, etc... He went on to explain what he meant and it completely changed how I approached my job. I believe his help improved it. He was an excellent teacher. All my love and prayers for his family, at this time.