Hans LaVell Chamberlain
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Hans LaVell Chamberlain, devoted husband and father, loving grandfather, teacher, referee and avid sports fan passed away Sunday March 23rd, 2014 in Cedar City, Utah.
LaVell was born June 3rd, 1918 to Hans and Mercy Chamberlain in Orderville, Utah. His early life was spent working at his father's dry goods store, playing athletics, riding horses and learning the value of a good story. As a teenager he met and dated the love of his life, Dean Lewis. They married on September 18th, 1941 in Flagstaff, Arizona and were later sealed in the St. George LDS Temple. LaVell and Dean were married for 72 years and are the parents of 4 sons: Sam (Carolyn); Hans (Mary); Lewis (Leah); and Eric (Lee). They have 16 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.
LaVell lived a life dedicated to the community. He served in the Navy in WWII, received his bachelor's degree from BYU and later his master's from the University of Utah. He taught school for a total of 42 years. He was heavily involved in high school and college athletics as a referee for 27 years, and in 2004 was inducted into the Utah Sport Officials Hall of Fame. LaVell was an avid storyteller, dear friend, loving grandfather and fiercely devoted to his sweetheart and family.
LaVell was preceded in death by his parents Hans and Mercy and three of his siblings: Ken, Rena and Vernelle. He is survived by his wife, brother Quinn, sister Ramona, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday March 29th at 1:00 PM at the LDS Chapel at 256 South 900 West in Cedar City. A viewing will be held Friday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Southern Utah Mortuary and again Saturday at the Chapel from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Interment will follow in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the workers at Iron County Home Health, the staff of Alliance Hospice and the staff at Kolob Care facility for their care and consideration of LaVell. For additional stories, photos and tributes please visit: www.LaVelland DeanChamberlain.blogspot.com
SOUTHERN UTAH MORTUARY
190 NORTH 300 WEST CEDAR CITY, UT 84720-2508
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2014