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Laron Waldo DeWitt

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DeWitt, L. Waldo
Laron Waldo DeWitt, 94, born March 28, 1916 passed away in his Mesa home on Sunday, May 16th. Waldo's wife of 70 years, Nancy Mildred Beals, proceeded him in death on January 17, 2009. They are survived by five children, Laron (Sally), Dilles (Sharon), Darlene Brinkerhoff (the late Troy O.Brinkerhoff ), Sterling (Carol), and Danny (Lisa). Their son Mitchell passed away in 1992. The DeWitt's have 21 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. Waldo was a principled man who served his family, church and community. Waldo was true to his testimony of Jesus Christ as a servant in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a home teacher, a high councilor and a bishop of three wards. For a livelihood he worked construction, was a dairy farmer, a cattle rancher, and was Manager of the Maricopa County Auto Licensing. Politics was a highlight in Waldo's achievements. He was elected as a state representative to the legislature for four terms and as State Tax Commissioner for 12 years. Nancy and Waldo's hospitality in opening their home in generous service to those in need was unsurpassed. He was a master gardener sharing his harvest with everyone and took pride in maintaining his yard of beautiful flowers. Their home, built over 100 years ago, has become a landmark in northwest Mesa. A gathering to celebrate Waldo's life will be held in the family home beginning at 7:00 on Friday, May 21st. Funeral services will be on Saturday, May 22nd at 2:00 p.m. with a viewing one hour prior. It will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel, behind the family home at 848 North Westwood.

Published in The Arizona Republic from May 20 to May 22, 2010
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