On March 9, 2001, LaVarr Beames Webb passed away peacefully at his home in West Valley City of causes incident to age and a 20-year battle with leukemia. He now en-joys a grand reunion with his wife, Eleanor; daughters, Julia and Linda; parents; grandparents; two sisters; and many family members and friends who preceded him in death and whom, he was sure, awaited to greet him in a place of peace and beauty.
LaVarr was born in Virgin, UT April 14, 1921, the son of Ada Beames and Golden Edwin Webb. He married Eleanor Keil in the Salt LDS Lake Temple, Aug. 28, 1940. They were the parents of 10 children, mainly because LaVarr insisted on some sons. He had five daughters before a son was born, then he couldn't raise that son alone with five sisters, so he and Eleanor evened the count with four more sons. His daughters are Laurel (Clark) Christian, Foxboro, MA; Wilma Dawn (Jay) Fox, Orem, UT; Julia Ellen (Val) Roberts (deceased); Linda Dale (Ron) Larsen (deceased); and Rebecca Gwen (Don) Fawson, Leeds, UT. His sons and fishing companions are LaVarr G. (Janis Brearton), Centerville, UT; Samuel K. (Drew Thomas), Sidney, NE; David B. (Robyn Gray), Springville, UT; Gaylen W. (Becky Anderson), West Haven, UT; and Glen D. (Michelle Broadbent), West Bountiful, UT. LaVarr has five sisters: Gwen (Gerald) Amundsen; Golda (Don) Larson; Ruth (Burt) O'Leary, as well as Leora and Dawn, both deceased. He is also survived by a wonderful posterity of 54 grandchildren, and 44 great-grandchildren.
After the death of his first wife, LaVarr married Maxine Moulton Owen March 15, 1980. Maxine, with her love and support, literally kept him alive, because soon after they were married it was discovered he had chronic leukemia. He was given about three years to live but, with Maxine's help, he lived for 20 more years. LaVarr grew up in Salt Lake City and also spent much time in the town of Virgin near Zion National Park. He loved the red rock canyons of Southern Utah and owned a ranch just outside the park. He served his country in Italy during World War II. In 1962, with his wife and 10 children, he and three of his daughters entered BYU. He earned bachelors and masters degrees and then taught journalism and communications for more than 15 years at Dixie College in St. George. He was a friend to many students and influenced many lives. He was an avid and accomplished writer, and had many articles, poems and stories published. Favorite writing topics included fishing, the outdoors in general, and religion.
LaVarr was a high priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings, from the church farms of Southern and Northern Utah to many, many classrooms where he was a master teacher. He loved the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and was a student of the scriptures. He was a man of kindness and integrity, always serving others.
A memorial service will be Tues. March 13, 10 a.m. in the Granger LDS 14th Ward Building, 2101 W. 3100 S, with viewing at the church one hour prior to services. Interment, Leeds City Cemetery Wed. March 14. Friends may visit with the family, 1 p.m. at the Leeds LDS Ward Building. Grave dedication, 2 p.m. at the cemetery. Directors, McDougal Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humanitarian Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.