Leon William Belka, age 84, passed away peacefully January 16, 1994, in a Salt Lake City hospital, following a short bout with cancer.

Leon was born January 9, 1910, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to William Valentine and Esther Ruth Schoenfeld Belka. He married Iona Bell Jarvis, December 7, 1929 in Ogden, Utah; the marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Leon was an auto mechanic for Barr and Capitol Chevrolet, and for the Utah State Highway Dept., but for most of his life, he owned his own business, Belka's Garage. An active High Priest in the LDS Church, he served in many positions, including Elders Quorum presidency, ward clerk, and High Priest group leader (23 years). In his early years, he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and hiking and was a prospector of sorts. He was associated with Jordan Park for many years, especially arranging the 4th of July activities. But Leon was most noted for his generosity of time and talents: from fixing cars, to snow removal, to the sharing of the produce he grew in his garden.Those whose lives he touched are most melancholy this day.

Survived by his wife, Iona, of Salt Lake City; a son and two daughters, Leona Lui-Miner, Huntington Beach, Calif., Glen L. (and Keen) Belka, Redlands, Calif.; and Jeanette (and Dick) Baggett, Bountiful; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six brothers, Merlin, Elmer, Howard, Alvin, Don and Dale Belka; and two sisters, Dorothy Sherwin and Ruth Chapman-Wadsworth. Preceded in death by a grandson and a brother, Vernon.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 22, 11 a.m., at the Cannon 6th Ward, 934 West Fremont Ave. (1120 So). Friends may call Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Holbrook Funeral Chapel, 3251 So. 2300 East, and at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Leon's name to the Hospice of IHC, 1245 Brickyard Plaza (84106) Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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