Calvin L. Maxfield
1929 - 2014
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Calvin L. Maxfield
1929 ~ 2014
Calvin L. Maxfield passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014, in his home of complications from a long struggle with a chronic illness. He was born August 12, 1929, to Louis E.O. and Rosamond Palmer Maxfield in South Jordan, Utah. Raised at the mouth of American Fork Canyon until the age of 12, the family then moved to South Jordan. He learned the value of hard work on the family farm and the love of music as he sang with his 3 brothers all over the valley. Music was an important part of family life. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission in the East Central States Mission, comprising Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia from 1949-1951 and always loved that part of the country and missionary work. He served faithfully and actively in the church throughout his life, including Bishop of a ward he loved so much. Upon his return from missionary service, he entered military service and served in the 108th Counter Intelligence Corps. for 2 years in Boston, Massachusetts, Baltimore, Maryland and New York City. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Mathematics and taught Math for 30 years, most of which he was head of the Math Department at Hillcrest High School where he influenced the lives of countless young people. He also worked construction during the summer months and was valued because of his skills with tools and his work ethic.
He married Arlene Jones Maxfield on August 14, 1951, in the Salt Lake Temple. She preceded him in death. He is survived by his children Joyce (Mitchell) Chesney, Karen (Joey) Brito, DeAnn (Jim) Murtha, and Russell (Brittany) Maxfield. Also survived by 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, brothers Clark Maxfield and Rodney Maxfield, and sisters JeNeal Boggess and Cheryl Peters. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Gerald Maxfield.
He married Doreen Okelberry Maxfield on August 29, 1997, and is survived by her and loved by her children Trent (Tricia) Okelberry, Scott (Debbie) Okelberry, Kiersten Okelberry Price, Marinda Okelberry, Daria (Chip) Wood, Marci (Jeff) Curran, and Russ (Holly) Smith, 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was a friend to many and always willing to lend a helping hand.
Services will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Chavez LDS Chapel, 1244 W. Chavez Drive (9700 South), South Jordan, Utah. Friends and family may call Friday evening, September 19, from 6:00-8:00 pm and on Saturday before the services from 9:00-10:30 am at the Chavez building. Interment at South Jordan City Cemetery. Online condolences at
We wish to thank Janet Harris, RN, from Aspire Hospice for her tender care and concern for Cal during his illness.
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Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Sep. 18 to Sep. 20, 2014.
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I met Margie Howell at the Temple this morning and she told me about your father's funeral. I wish I had known because I would have been there. I am grateful I saw your dad recently at another funeral. He was a wonderful Bishop and a great friend to my parents. I am sure they are having a wonderful reunion with him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Gloria Smart Allen
September 30, 2014
Dearest Doreen, I just learned of Cal's passing today. I will miss his delightful smile, booming voice and warm hugs. I love you my friend and am thinking about you!!
Ruth McKane
September 28, 2014
Your wonderful dad was the heart of the old Union 4th ward. He leaves an amazing legacy of love and service. I'm sure I can speak for my family in expressing what a blessing it is to know the Maxfield famiy. We send our love and sympathy at this time.
Susan Smart Whittenburg
September 26, 2014
Dear family, What a privilege it was to have attended Uncle Cal's funeral service; we were so touched by your sincere words and tributes. We left wanting to be better and to work harder! Each of our children have fond memories of Uncle Cal at KOA and feel it was such an honor to know him and to call him Uncle - he will be missed! We love you all and hope you know you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers!! Sincerely, Rob and Trina
September 23, 2014
To the Maxfiled Family - I am sorry to read about the passing of your Father. This wonderful man will be truly missed. Cal give my dad, mom and brothers a big hug for me.
Nat Brunson ( anderson)
September 23, 2014
He was a great teacher, I know all who were in his class will be sad to hear of his passing. And will be missed by all who knew him!!
steve tobler
September 21, 2014
To the Maxfield family,

I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your wonderful father, grandfather and husband. He was certainly one of a kind and I loved him dearly. Cal and my father, Dean Cannon, met while serving in the Jordan River Temple and became immediate friends. Their friendship was meant to be. Through their friendship I was blessed to know Cal. We all went on a cruise to Alaska together and that's where I really began to see who this man really was, and how special he is, he is an incredible human being. So kind, thoughtful, understanding, considerate, funny, trustworthy...he was the kind of man that the Lord didn't make many of, that's for certain. The last time I saw your sweet dad was at my own father's viewing in May, just four short months ago. I looked up and through my tears there stood Cal. He stayed with us for an
hour, talking, hugging, crying, laughing and reminiscing about that great trip to Alaska and his fond memories. He spent time with each one of my kids to speak with them personally, express his condolences, and share something with them about their grandpa, they all 3 adored him! As we stood looking at my dad, he said "kiddo, I envy Dean right now because he's with his sweetheart, I miss mine every day." That was the only thing that helped me dry my tears after seeing Cal had passed away. I'm sure their embrace was something to see! He loved her and missed her so much. He spoke so highly of his children and how they were his rock when he lost his dear wife. He loved you all so much. I pray with my heart and soul that you will be given the peace, comfort, knowledge,and understanding you find yourself in need of. I know there would have been a bear hug waiting there for Cal, and he and dad are probably talking each others' ears off by now :) May God bless and keep you.
Connie (Cannon ) Harton
September 21, 2014
My name is Elaine Johnson Mitchell. I worked in the Main Office at Hillcrest for many years. I was always impressed with his positive attitude and joy of teaching. He was a great teacher. He was pleasant to be around and always happy to help the students. My thoughts are with his family at this time.
September 21, 2014
Mr. Maxfield was my calculus teacher at Hillcrest. When I became a teacher, I taught his grandson Samuel. He was a great teacher who gave me confidence in math. I hold him in high regard.
Jennifer Boehme
September 20, 2014
One day I sluffed calculus and I saw him in the elevator at my hospital job. He was there spending time with him wife. We didn't say anything to each other. He knew I was spreading myself too thin. While I was failing miserably to understand calculus but didn't have hours each day for that, one day he had a moment and just asked me if there isn't something I would enjoy doing one class a day for my sr. year. He said he had no problems letting me transfer mid-quarter.
I have always been so grateful for him seeing and being a fellow human being. That simple gesture helped me greatly.
May his family friends be comforted at this time of his passing. Know that he is loved and respected.
Laura Tippetts Burrows
September 20, 2014
So sorry for you loss and ours. Mr. Maxfield was one of the best teachers I ever had. Most likely I would not have made it out of Hillcrest without his influence. Tom Morse Class of 76
September 19, 2014
I am rejoicing in the reunion of Arlene and Cal, dear friends from my early years working at Jordan Credit Union. May peace be granted to you as family and enjoy the wonderful memories of your father.
Joan Lybbert
September 19, 2014
Our love and thanks for the memories.
Del and Julia Findlay
September 18, 2014
So sorry to hear about Mr. Maxfield's passing. So grateful to have had him for a Math Teacher clear back at Mt. Jordan Jr. High and also to have visited him a while back. He was a great Teacher, example, and friend to so many! He also worked construction in the summers with Duane( Ray) and his family. Ray passed away 11 years ago on Sept. 16th. Interesting We are sorry for his passing , but grateful for where we know he is now. Thanks for a life well lived! Duane and Cindy Davis
Duane and Cindy Davis
September 18, 2014
Dear Russell, DeAnn, Karen and Joyce. Please accept our heart felt love at this time. I love each one of you dearly, as I loved your dad and mom. I have so many happy memories of your family. May you feel of the love of your mom and dad at this time and may you carry their legacy forward.
Johnson and Rhea Smith
Rhea Smith
September 18, 2014
Dear sweet Cal!
We loved him as our neighbor and friend! He was an amazing tutor to our oldest son.. Just a great guy! We've thought of him often!
Sending our love and sympathy! He had a gift for teaching, and loving; kids n math!
Debi Brockbank
September 18, 2014
Mr. Maxfield Was one of my favorite teachers at Hillcrest High School. He made learning Calculus fun. He made the school a better place. Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Jerry Norr
September 18, 2014
Awesome teacher, awesome speaker, awesome man, he is certainly going too be missed.
He was a teacher that our son will never forget, he loved going too his math class, Cal loved what what he did and it showed.
We have lost a great man here on earth, but Heaven will be a better place because he is there.
The Adams
September 18, 2014
I worked with Cal for years at Hillcrest High and was always impressed with his positive attitude and joy of teaching. He was a great teacher and he was a great friend. My thoughts are with his family at this time.
Janeen McMillan
September 18, 2014
What a wonderful teacher he was! He made math fun and I too remember the face he would make out of the algebra equation on the board. I remember the way he loved to slap the yard stick against the side of his desk to wake everyone up. He and Mr. Peterson would stand together in the hallway and tease me endlessly!! But I knew that it was not out of malice but only in light hearted fun. He was missed when he went from Mt Jordan Jr High to Hillcrest.
Our sincerest condolences from the entire Smith family from Draper.
Carolyn Smith Haglund
September 18, 2014
The world has lost a great and special man. There aren't many like him any more. Uncle Cal could always make you feel like you were the most important person alive. He was always great to our family and will be dearly missed. I am so sorry that I missed his funeral, I want to express my condolences to the family. Love ya Uncle Cal and say "Hi to Mom and Dad.
Jim Whitehead
September 18, 2014

Angela Johnson Terry I knew him very well he was very good friends with my parents when I had my oldest daughter he was the one that brought my parents to the hospital from the airport oh wow how sad I really liked him. Also when both of my parents died he was there to help me through things that I was dealing with he was a great man and he will be truly missed.
Angela & Royal Terry
September 18, 2014
Many good wishes to Mr. Maxfield's family. Mr. Maxfield was my math teacher, and I appreciated his passion for teaching, his obvious love for mathematics, and his sincere interest in students. Blessings and prayers to his family and friends. Sincerely, Ann Berghout Austin
Ann Berghout Austin
September 18, 2014
Joyce, DeAnn, Karen and Russell

I can't even begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. My favorite memories of him were all the times we shared at KOA. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Mark Jones
September 18, 2014
Cal will be missed. He was such an influence for food for our family while we lived in his ward. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family. Dave and Luanne Simmons and Family
September 18, 2014
Cal was the second councilor when my Dad was the first councilor in the bishop brick when I was growing up. He was always a man of integrity My Dad always thought the world of him. He was one Man I looked up to and a good neighbor. I will forever remember his voice and he loved to talk. My thoughts and all my prayers to his family.
linda white
September 18, 2014
Dearest Doreen and family,
We are deeply saddened for your loss. We will remember Cal for his great stories and similes of life. There is solace in knowing he is at peace and painfree. Our hope is that in the passing days, you are all able to be at peace as well. You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
- South Jordan Dental
Robert C. Paxton, DMD and Staff
September 18, 2014
I am honored to have known this great man! He has and will always hold a special place in my heart. I am grateful for the good conversations had with him. In the time I had to know him I always left with a smile on my face after visiting with him and him making me laugh with his great sense of humor! They just gained a great spirit in heaven, and my prayers go to his family here.
Tylee Hansen
September 18, 2014
Dear Friends, so sorry to hear of your father passing. He was a special friend. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Cal say "hi to my Nate for me". Betty,Kris,Shanna and GEOFF.
Betty Anderson
September 18, 2014
Oh Cal! You are such a GREAT guy! I'm so glad I ran Into you earlier this year. You were such a great example to me growing up. I loved hearing all of your stories! I also appreciated your sense of humor. I send my condolences to the entire Maxfield family. I pray that you will feel comfort during this difficult time. God Be With You Til' We Meet Again!
Darci Simmons Brainich
September 18, 2014
He was my math teacher, but what he taught through his example was yet more valuable.
I wish peace to those who miss him.
Randall Kluge
September 18, 2014
What a great man and Uncle he was my teacher in High School you knew he loved his job an the kids he helped. We have lost a great friend and family member. Love you Uncle Cal thanks for accepting me and showing so much love. You will be truly missed!!
Kim Olson
September 18, 2014
Mr. Maxfield was one of my all time favorite math teachers. You knew he loved what he taught and loved helping the students. Rest in peace.
Lisa Sperry Jones
Hillcrest High Class of 1989
September 18, 2014
It has been many years but I will never forget "Calculator Maxfield". I am grateful for his sense of humor, ability to teach and most importantly his sincere concern for the students he taught. He was a good man and I am forever grateful to have known him.
Jason Howes
September 18, 2014
Dear Family, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Grandpa Maxfield. Even though I am not a family member, he always treated me as if I was. May our Heavenly Father bless you all with peace and comfort at this difficult time. Love, Kim Russell
Kim Russell
September 18, 2014
A wonderful teacher. Although it has been 27 years, I still appreciate the passion he had for both calculus and his students. You left you positive mark with me, Mr. Maxfield.

-James Conder, Associate Professor of Geophysics at Southern Illinois University, Hillcrest class of '87
James Conder
September 18, 2014
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