Leland Kirk Baxter passed away peacefully in Salt Lake City, February 11, 1998.
Born on December 2, 1923 in Lindon, Utah to Elwood M. and Nona Kirk Baxter. He married Colleen Smoot on June 23, 1944 in the Salt Lake Temple. Raised in the Orem area, he loved athletics and graduated from Pleasant Grove High School. He attended BYU and the Annapolis Naval Academy prior to his service as an officer during World War II. He graduated from the University of New Mexico and received a Ph.D. from Purdue University in mechanical engineering. He taught at the University of Utah, started the engineering department at BYU, and later retired from Hercules in the aerospace division. He served in many positions in the LDS Church including stake executive secretary and ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple. He served an education mission at BYU Hawaii where he was able to return to teaching, one of his passions in life. He was known for his keen mind and sweet sense of humor. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed greatly by his family.Survived by children, Steven (DeAnn) Baxter Riverton; Deborah Baxter, Salt Lake City; Julie (Brian) Booker, San Diego, CA; Donna (Robert) Norris, Sandy, Utah, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Sister and brothers, Jean (Lee) McMillan, Orem; Calvin (Rae) Baxter, Springville; Arvin Baxter, Orem. Preceded in death by his parents and loving wife, Colleen.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 14, 1998, at 12 noon in the Charing Cross Ward, 13400 South 2700 West, Riverton, Utah. Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 230 East South Temple and also Saturday one hour prior to the services at the ward chapel. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Services under the direction of Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary of Orem.
The family wishes to extend appreciation to the staff at Alta View Hospital and St. Joseph's Villa for their excellent care.
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