1927 ~ 2017
DeWayne Larsen Harding passed away peacefully with his loving family at his bedside October 10, 2017. Born December 1, 1927 to Alonzo Hazelton Harding and Margaret Rue Larsen in Fairview Idaho. Oldest son of seven and dear brother to Anna, Norma, Carol, Margaret, Blake and Spencer, who lovingly refer to him as Dee.
DeWayne married his sweetheart, Clara Louise McNeely, November 26, 1947 when he returned from WWII. They were later sealed in the LDS Logan Temple and were blessed with four children. Twin boys, David Cecil and Daniel Lon who were born in Alaska as they were stationed at Big Delta during the Korean War. Two daughters Sue Ann and Christy Lynne joined the family thereafter. It was DeWayne's daughters who both so lovingly cared for him during his last few years with us. DeWayne's greatest treasure is his family and that was evident in everything he did and said.
After returning from his service in the Korean War, DeWayne attended the University of Utah utilizing the G.I. Bill and earning his Bachelors of Science in Accounting, "A Utah Man Am I" and a true Utah fan until the end. His career path took him to Montana where he worked for Allstate Insurance. He was known for being more than an insurance salesman but someone his clients could count on for help whenever needed and a friend to all. He truly loved the "Big Sky Country" of Montana.
Upon retirement DeWayne and Clara settled in Sandy Utah where many choice relationships were established. He became known for his many selfless acts of service and countless hours of caring for the wellbeing of others. He truly enjoyed blessing the lives of others with his many talents.
As a devoted member of the LDS faith, DeWayne served in many capacities. In particular, he valued serving in the Scouting program and especially enjoyed the adventures he shared with his sons. He was awarded the honor of Silver Beaver for his decades of service within this program. He also cherished the opportunity to serve as a missionary. Whether by formal call or daily life he was passionate about sharing his love of Jesus Christ with anyone who would listen
DeWayne is survived by his son Daniel (Elaine), daughters Sue George (Samuel), Christy Andrews (Bruce), 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Clara, and dear son David (Doreen). He leaves behind a legacy of love and service to all mankind that will never be forgotten.
Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral to be held Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11am at the East Dell LDS Chapel 2300 E. 9800 S. Sandy, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the service starting at 10:00-10:45 am. Also, Sunday evening from 6:00-7:30 pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road (10600 S.) Sandy, Utah. We are thankful for the loving care he received at the Veterans Administration Hospital with countless team of Doctors and Nurses who cared for him over the years. Online condolences: www.larkincares.com
Published in Deseret News from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15, 2017