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Mark Leavitt

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Mark Oliver Leavitt, 76, completed his mortal journey on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. He passed peacefully in sleep at his home in Blackfoot after a very valiant battle with cancer which he stated he found "spiritually interesting" and full of moments of learning and personal growth.  
Mark was born April 2, 1940, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Horace Thales Leavitt and Mona Dorene Humphreys Leavitt. The eldest of two children, he grew up in Shelley, Idaho, where he enjoyed running track, playing in the band and working on cars. As a teenager, he met the love of his life, Linda Harris, at a church stake dance. After high school, Mark served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southern California Mission. When he returned to Idaho, the couple was married in 1962 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Mark obtained his Business Management Degree from Idaho State University. He has worked as a building contractor, realtor, mechanic with Mountain State Implement and CATE Equipment, State Hospital South, Basic American, and lastly he worked for over 25 years at the INL as both an Operator and Technical Writer.
As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he loved studying, teaching, and living the Gospel. Mark served in a variety of callings including High Counselor, Stake Missionary, Gospel Doctrine teacher, several times as a Counselor in the Bishopric, and also as the Bishop of the Riverside Third Ward. He and Linda were blessed to serve together as Ward and Stake Missionaries, an 18 month mission for the Church Employment Center and several years working in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Mark served as Assistant Temple Recorder for the last two years of their Temple Mission.
The main priority in Mark's life was his family. He often planned dirt biking and ATV trips to Moab, Utah and though he loved celebrating all holidays, his favorite was the Fourth of July. Grandchildren gathered around a smiling Grandfather whose pockets were filled with bottle rockets, staying out, even until this last 4th of July, until almost midnight, to watch the family firework display. 
His main hobby was studying the doctrine and history of The Church, but also living what he knew was right. He was known for taking care of family, friends and neighbors when a need was made known. Often incorporating humor along with his character of great discipline and moral integrity, his children and grandchildren were blessed with a spiritual giant as Patriarch of the family.
Mark is survived by his wife, Linda Harris Leavitt of Blackfoot; ten sons and two daughters, Michael (Erika) Leavitt of Syracuse, Utah, Allen (Lisa) Leavitt of Blackfoot, Rick Leavitt of Blackfoot, Kevin (Tiffany) Leavitt of Blackfoot, Scott (Heither) Leavitt of Blackfoot, Steve Leavitt of Blackfoot, Todd (Tammy) Leavitt of Blackfoot, David (Shannon) Leavitt of Pocatello, Brad (Amy) Leavitt of Blackfoot, Brian Leavitt of Portland, Oregon, Kristine (Jim) Schnittgen of Blackfoot and Jana (Grandon) Thompson of Rock Springs, Wyoming; he is also survived by 30 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren (and another on the way); and his sister, Toni (Marvin) Keele of Shelley; two foster sons, Jarrot Medicine Elk through the Native Placement Program and Sergio Alvez of the Brazilian Placement Program.
He was preceded in death by his father, Horace Thales Leavitt; and his mother, Mona Dorene Leavitt; as well as a foster son through the Native Placement Program, Justin Elgo.  
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 at the Blackfoot North West LDS Center, 95 N 740 W. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the the church. Interment will follow at the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to either the Temple Patron Assistance Fund at www.ldsphilanthropies.org or LDS Humanitarian Services, c/o LDS Philanthropies, 1450 N. University Ave., Provo, Utah 84604.
Published in The Morning News on Aug. 10, 2016
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