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Obituary: Leland Forbes Priday

1914 ~ 2004

Leland Forbes Priday, beloved husband, father, church and civic leader, died 23 Oct 2004 in Provo.

He was born in American Fork, 4 Dec. 1914, the only son of Thomas Samuel Jr. and Zina Josephine Forbes Priday. Leland has five sisters, Mae (Glenn) Gardner, Vera, Florence (Robert) Simmons, all who have preceded him in death, Chloe (Mark) Weed, and Margaret (William) Sykes. He graduated from American

Fork High School where he served as Student Body President, then BYU where he was Banyan (yearbook) Editor in 1936.

On 15 July 1942 he married Thelma Farnsworth of Beaver, UT in the St. George Temple. They have eight children: Kaye (Lonnie) Nally, Gene (Andrea) Priday, Loralee (Wayne) Miller, Janet (Larry) Peer, Carolyn (Tom) Mildenhall, Tom (Marva) Priday, Brent (Marian) Priday and Bruce (Diane) Priday. They have 43 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren. Anna (Normand) Birtcher, Effie (Alfred) Yazzie and Maricruz Noya are foster daughters.

Music was a major part of Leland's life. He played in bands and orchestras, directed stake and civic choruses and played many violin solos. He served his country as a Naval Officer during World War II. His civic duties included serving on boards for the Alpine School District, UT County Mental Health, BYU Alumni and BYU Emeritus. He owned and operated Priday's Office Supply in American Fork for 23 years. A faithful member of the LDS Church, Leland served as President of Alpine and American Fork North Stakes, President of the Provo Temple (1982-86) and Stake Patriarch. He and his wife served a mission as Director of the Independence Visitors Center.

Services 11 a.m. Thurs., 28 Oct 2004 at the American Fork Central Stake Center, 300 N. 100 E. Viewings 6-8 p.m. Wed. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 E. 100 N., American Fork and Thurs. 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment American Fork Cemetery, VFW Dist 4. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.