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Murray, UT 84107
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Leon Arthur McCoid

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Leon Arthur McCoid Obituary
Leon Arthur McCoid
1924 ~ 2014
Leon Arthur McCoid, loving husband, father, grandfather and g-pa passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and family on January 1, 2014. Leon was born in Liberal, Kansas to Arthur Earl McCoid and Mary Isabella Taylor on January 29, 1924. Arthur and Mary established McCoid Dairy in Liberal, Kansas. His father died suddenly, when he was just 16. Mary was able to keep the dairy with Leon's help as a delivery man. Leon graduated from Liberal High School and attended Southwestern University in Winfield, Kansas. Even though deferred as an only son, Leon joined the Army when war was declared. He served his country during WWII and the Korean War.
Leon married his first and only love, Janis Marcellus, at St. Anthony's Church in Liberal on February 5, 1954. They moved to Norman, Oklahoma so Leon could attend Oklahoma University in engineering. However, with the birth of their first child, Leon sought work in the oil fields and therefore he did not complete his education. Leon moved his young family to Denver, Colorado where their second child was born. In Denver, Leon interviewed for a job with Armco Steel in Salt Lake City. They moved to Salt Lake City where Leon ran the construction division of Armco Steel. When Armco Steel closed their construction division, they offered Leon a transfer to Chicago, Illinois. Having fallen in love with the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, they declined the transfer. Leon, with his partner Willie Willden, started and ran Redoor Construction successfully for many years with Janis' help as bookkeeper. Leon first retired in 1976, but soon developed a desire to return to work. He started TM Road Boring and ran the company successfully for several years before retiring again. During retirement, he continued to buy and sell construction equipment-and with Janis as companion, traveled the world.
Leon had a rare and inquisitive mind. He loved to discover how things worked. His hobbies were restoring classic cars and antique tractors, building grandfather clocks, repairing antique clocks, and fixing anything with moving parts. Leon restored many cars over the years, including a 1955 & 1957 Thunderbird, 1937 Cord and his favorite-a 1941 Lincoln Continental that he remembered from his youth in Kansas. He built a grandfather clock for each of his children.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janis; son, Arthur Leon; daughters, Glenette Marie Louton (Steve) of Lancaster, CA; Cindy Lynn Toone (Alan) of Ogden, UT; and Annell McCoid of Las Vegas, NV; and sister, Elizabeth Ann Ooley (Raymond) of Borger, TX; 5 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Lawrence Paul (Larry); and sisters, Mary Alice Symons King and Margaret Lucille Jenkins Slaymaker.
The family would like to thank Quality Solace Hospice for their loving care during the last few weeks.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State Street, at 11:00 a.m.., with a visitation from 10:30-11:00 a.m. prior to the memorial.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.jenkins-soffe.com
Published in Deseret News from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2014
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