Layton, Farrel Dennis "Denny"
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passed away on January 7, 2013, in Chandler Arizona with his family around him. Denny was born on May 14, 1938 to Farrel and Bessie Layton in Thatcher Arizona. He lived in Thatcher, a town he loved, worked in and served in his entire life. He served in the South Australian Mission for the LDS Church. Denny graduated from Thatcher High School, Eastern Arizona Jr College, and received his Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Economics from Arizona State University. He married Paula Freestone on December 20, 1962 in the Mesa Arizona Temple. And just celebrated their 50th Anniversary together on December 20, 2012. Denny was a successful and hard working farmer/rancher. If anything could be said about Denny, it would be that he was committed and selfless in his service; whether it be in his vocation, his church or in the community. His greatest service, was given to his family. He was always a supportive and concerned son, husband, dad and grandpa. Quoting a 1981 article in the Courier "Any way you look at it Farrel Dennis Layton is a busy man". Denny is survived by his wife of 50 years, Paula Freestone, his 98 year old mother, Bessie Allred Layton, his brother Deon (Marilyn) Layton, his 6 children, Jodi (Brian) Welker, Elise Layton Alva, Stephanie (Joel) Biggs, Lance (Sherri) Layton, Audra (Ladd) Smith, Adam (Leiah) Layton, and 23 beautiful grandchildren. Funeral Services for Farrel Dennis Layton, will be held on Monday January 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Thatcher Stake Center. A viewing will be held on Sunday January 13, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm, and at 9:00 am prior to services, on Monday January 14th both at the Thatcher Stake Center. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Thatcher Schools Scholarship Foundation at PO Box 382, Thatcher, AZ 85552. Services are under the direction of McDougal's Caldwell Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be given at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 12, 2013