1926 ~ 2012|
Homer McKay LeBaron passed away peacefully at home June 12, 2012.
He was born May 13, 1926 to Homer Neal and Luella Wight LeBaron in Barnwell, Alberta, Canada. He married Venita Vance in the Cardston Alberta Temple on December 29, 1952. She passed away June 1, 1990. Homer married Aleene Sumsion (Rowley) June 21, 1991, in the Washington, D.C. Temple.
Homer earned B.S and M.S. degrees at Utah State University, and a Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1960. A leader in triazine herbicide research, he was plant physiologist at Virginia Tech, and from 1964 to 1991 Dr. LeBaron was employed by Geigy Chemical Corporation, in Westchester, New York, and CIBA-GEIGY (Novartis, Syngenta), in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was Senior Research Fellow in Biochemistry and New Technology and Basic Research Departments, where he coordinated and directed outside basic research on all CIBA-GEIGY agricultural products.
Dr. LeBaron served as president of three national weed science societies. Recipient of several professional awards, he was the first agricultural scientist from industry to receive the Charles A. Black Award from CAST for his contributions in promoting sound science and public understanding of agriculture. He is the author or co-author of 90 scientific publications, including six books and multiple special reports.
He spent his life in civic service and in loving service to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as a bishop, patriarch, North Carolina Charlotte Mission President's counselor for several years, and President of the Zaire Kinshasa (Africa) mission from 1992 to 1994. He and his wife Aleene served as missionaries in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission, historical site, May 2003 to November 2004.
Homer is survived by his loving wife Aleene of Heber City, Utah, daughters Melody LeBaron (Ed Grove) Roswell, GA, Laura Brooks (Dennis) Grand Blanc, MI, Nancy Checketts (Gus) Elkhorn, NE, Dorothy Tucker (Kelly) Browns Summit, NC, sons Robert LeBaron (Lisa) Leesburg, FL, David Benjamin LeBaron (Sherry) Tampa, FL; step-children Kurt Rowley (Paula) Syracuse, UT, Kristine Carbine (Adrian) North Plains, OR, Lorrain Nilsen (Kelvin) American Fork, UT, Janiel Miller (Bruce) American Fork, UT, Lynn Andersen (Mark) Kenmore, WA; 27 grandchildren, 21 step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, brothers Eddie LeBaron (Judy) Costa Mesa, CA, Milton Glenn LeBaron (Gloria) Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.
Preceded in death by his parents, daughter Ruth, sisters Pearl Baker, Lois Jones, brothers Joseph, Lawrence, Don, Melvin, E. Dale LeBaron, and grandson Logan Schlosser.
We extend much appreciation for the help and support of our friends and neighbors and the personnel of Heber Intermountain Homecare Hospice.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Heber LDS North Stake Center, 550 East 500 North, Heber City, Utah. A visitation will be on Saturday from 12 Noon - 1:30 p.m. prior to the services. Interment will follow the services in the Heber City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinhoopes.com
Published in Deseret News from June 14 to June 15, 2012