Larkin Mortuary

DeWayne Larsen Harding

12/01/1927 - 10/10/2017

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DeWayne Larsen Harding passed away peacefully with his loving family at his bedside October 10, 2017. Born December 1, 1927 to Alonzo Hazelton Harding and Margaret Rue Larsen in Fairview Idaho. Oldest son of seven and dear brother to Anna, Norma, Carol, Margaret, Blake and Spencer, who lovingly refer to him as Dee.

DeWayne married his sweetheart, Clara Louise McNeely, November 26, 1947 when he returned from WWII. They were later sealed in the LDS Logan Temple and were blessed with four children.  Twin boys, David Cecil and Daniel Lon who were born in Alaska as they were stationed at Big Delta during the Korean War.  Two daughters Sue Ann and Christy Lynne joined the family thereafter.  It was DeWayne’s daughters who both so lovingly cared for him during his last few years with us.  DeWayne’s greatest treasure is his family and that was evident in everything he did and said.

After returning from his service in the Korean War, DeWayne attended the University of Utah utilizing the G.I. Bill and earning his Bachelors of Science in Accounting, “A Utah Man Am I” and a true Utah fan until the end. His career path took him to Montana where he worked for Allstate Insurance.  He was known for being more than an insurance salesman but someone his clients could count on for help whenever needed and a friend to all.   He truly loved the “Big Sky Country” of Montana.

Upon retirement DeWayne and Clara settled in Sandy Utah where many choice relationships were established.  He became known for his many selfless acts of service and countless hours of caring for the wellbeing of others.  He truly enjoyed blessing the lives of others with his many talents.

As a devoted member of the LDS faith, DeWayne served in many capacities.  In particular, he valued serving in the Scouting program and especially enjoyed the adventures he shared with his sons.  He was awarded the honor of Silver Beaver for his decades of service within this program. He also cherished the opportunity to serve as a missionary.  Whether by formal call or daily life he was passionate about sharing his love of Jesus Christ with anyone who would listen

DeWayne is survived by his son Daniel (Elaine), daughters Sue George (Samuel), Christy Andrews (Bruce), 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Clara, and dear son David (Doreen).  He leaves behind a legacy of love and service to all mankind that will never be forgotten.

Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral to be held Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11am at the East Dell LDS Chapel 2300 E. 9800 S. Sandy, Utah.  A viewing will be held prior to the service starting at 10:00-10:45 am. Also, Sunday evening from 6:00-7:30pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road (10600 S.) Sandy, Utah. We are thankful for the loving care he received at the Veterans Administration Hospital with countless team of Doctors and Nurses who cared for him over the years.


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  • Dear Dan, Sue, Christy & family,

    We are filled with so many emotions at the passing of your dad. We will miss him and not be able to fill the void that his reunion with family on the other side leaves our family on this side.

    We have so many happy memories that we cherish. He has been like a grandfather to us. We have learned so much about our family that we were never able to meet or know through his incredible story telling talent.

    We love you Uncle Dee, Aunt Clara and the entire family so much! We know how much your dad loved you all! You were truly born of goodly parents that raised you to be noble in your own right.

    Your dad was a hero and a father figure to our dad! The sun set and rose on his big brother. We will forever be grateful for the loving example and mentor you were to Spencer.

    The love of the gospel that your entire family has is so inspiring to all of us of the next generation. We will do our best to honor you and carry the torch of love of Savior and family forward to the next generation and always remember your place at the head of this family!
    Uncle Dee’s talent, kindness, sense of humor and love of the Savior and everyone he knew was unmatched!
    Until we meet again much love!
    Dee,Tami (Harding) Young & Family

    — Dee &Tami (Harding) Young
  • Dan, Sue & Christy

    Thank you for sharing your dad He was my dear proxy grandfather, Uncle Dee He was such an incredible example of Christlike love, selfless service and strong testimony of the Savior and his life to me.

    When he moved back to Utah he was like the grandfather we never had. Being my dad was only 2 when his father was killed, he taught him as a father figure, but also had fun with him as a big brother. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the time he spent telling me of family stories of my grandparents and my dads family that I would have otherwise never known. I love you Uncle Dee and will miss you. Give all my love to aunt Clara, parents , grandparents Riley and all….til we meet again.
    Love always ,

    — Tami Young
  • We will always cherish the good memories of DeWayne and his family in Helena over the years we associated with them. A good man has gone to his great eternal reward! May his family find consolation in knowing that he was loved and appreciated!

    Paul and Diann Macbeth, Kennewick, Washington

    — Paul and Diann Macbeth