July 25, 1942 – December 8, 2020
Gary Lyman Leavitt, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away unexpectedly on December 8, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was born on July 25, 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Lyman and Lynnette Leavitt. A graduate of West High School class of 1960, he later earned his Business Degree from the University of Utah. He married his eternal companion, Karen Bingham on September 8, 1964, in the Salt Lake Temple. Gary and Karen’s love for each other was abundant and evident to all, growing deeper and stronger with every passing year. They made their home in Holladay, Utah where they raised their five children, Daniel, Julie, Mike, Neal, and Nate.
Gary was a co-founder of CUSA, Inc., producing computer software systems for credit unions. From humble beginnings in the 1970s, he and key colleagues built a successful business that thrived in the 1980s and 90s. He treated his customers and employees like family and, through his businesses, fostered many dear and lifelong relationships.
Gary was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with an unwavering commitment to and faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. He served in a number of callings, including a mission to the Central British Mission from 1961-1963, as well as two service missions with his dear wife: the Family History Library and, most recently, the Young-Church Service Missionary Program from December 2017 to July 2020. Gary had a strong testimony of the blessings of family history work and found joy in preserving the history and gathering the names of his ancestors, in particular, serving as a member of the non-profit organization Western Association of Leavitt Families (WALF).
He loved travelling, spending time with his kids and grandkids, and enjoying the outdoors. His most cherished vacation spot was Flaming Gorge, where he created many fond memories boating and having fun with his family over the years. Gary loved taking pictures of beautiful landscapes, sunsets and at family gatherings. He appreciated a wide spectrum of music, from the classics to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. His favorite instrument to play was the harmonica, and he played it exceptionally well. He always looked forward to eating delicious and healthy food, including the best homemade healthy green drinks that he was always willing to share. His laugh was infectious, especially when watching a classic comedy. He enjoyed learning and reading uplifting and inspirational messages. He loved our country and the freedoms that it offers. His motto was, “Are you feeling happy, healthy and terrific?”.
Those close to Gary know how generous he was with his time, kind words and unconditional love. He was a man of integrity and good character. He loved to engage with people and compassion towards others came easily to him. His quiet humility and genuine warmth were felt by everyone he encountered. His was truly a life worthy of emulation.
Gary is survived by his wife Karen, children Dan, Julie, Mike (Rayhaneh), Neal (Kelly), Nate (Heather), 14 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and siblings J. Michael Leavitt (Linda) and Lynne Leavitt Valdez. He was preceded in death by his parents Lyman and Lynnette Leavitt.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the “Gary Leavitt Family Support Fund” GoFundMe account.
The services for the celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, December 15 at 11:00 am. Due to Covid-19, only immediate family are invited to attend, but the services will be available to view via livestream at 10:45 AM.
Interment will take place at the Salt Lake City Cemetery under the care of Dalton-Hoopes Funeral Home & Cremation Center. The graveside dedication will begin at 12:45 pm. Those who would like to attend in person may do so. Please enter at the Southwest corner on 4th Avenue and N Street. The gravesite is located in the Northwest corner of the cemetery.
We express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for all the love and support. The family wishes to thank the Dalton-Hoopes Funeral Home for their personalized care for our beloved husband and father.