Herbert Carl Livsey

1941 ~ 2023

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Herbert Carl Livsey, 82 of Salt Lake City, Utah passed away on September 12, 2023 due to complications from surgery leading to a spinal infection that went septic. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Herb was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 20, 1941. He graduated from West High School in 1959. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Southern Australia mission. He continued on in education to receive a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Utah in 1967. In 1969 he obtained his Juris Doctor and Order of the Coif from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law. He completed his Master of Laws (LLM) in 1971 at New York University where he served as a Graduate Editor of the Tax Law Review.

He was sealed to the love of his life, Wilma Smith Livsey on June 17, 1966 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had 6 children and have enjoyed 57 years together.

Herb was a partner at Ray, Quinney and Nebeker where he enjoyed practicing Tax Law, Estate & Trust Planning for 54 years. He served on many boards throughout the valley promoting education, music, skiing and the arts. He regularly shared stories from his missionary service in Australia where he created many lifelong friends. Herbs church service brought him many years of happiness, he held various callings and touched many lives. Herb never met a book he didn’t pick up and read. He was a lifelong learner and enjoyed discussing what he read and current events. He spent many Saturdays on the ski hill at Alta, UT and enjoyed teaching all of his kids and many grandkids the love of skiing. Herb loved the Avenues in Salt Lake City, he loved the people, he loved the view and he never strayed far from his roots. If Herb saw a need in this community, he would find a way to quietly fill that need. His generosity was felt by many. Herb and Wilma have loved traveling and experiencing all this world has to offer. Their home away from home was Maui, Hawaii. They have hosted a yearly family reunion in Jackson Hole for the last 40 years. It was a great way to strengthen family ties and bond five generations together. His life was one well lived.

Herb is survived by his wife Wilma Livsey, his children Sonja Hales, Cynthia Goodsell (Troy), Charles Livsey (Lisa), Deborah Ruesch (Chortney), Erin Pollan (Byron), and Jacob Livsey (Marie), his grandchildren and great grandchildren Amanda and Josh Jenson, (Emma and Miles) Christopher Hales, Rachael Hales, Jonathan and Heather Goodsell (Jackson, Hailey and Jacob) Matthew Goodsell, James and Tori Goodsell, Leo Goodsell, Luke Livsey, Kate Livsey, Chandler Ruesch, Nathaniel Ruesch, Baden Ruesch, Carter Pollan, Tyler Pollan, Ally Pollan, Tommy Livsey, Joey Livsey, Will Livsey, and Greg Livsey, his sister Judy Kimmel (Don), and his sister-in-law Colleen Livsey. He will also be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Herb is preceded in death by his father Carl Seymore Livsey, his mother Margaret Erickson, and his brother Douglas Livsey.

An open house will be held to celebrate his life on Saturday, September 23. A service will begin at 3:00 p.m., followed by visiting from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Hilltop Ward building, located at 589 East 18th Ave, SLC, UT.

A live broadcast of the service will be available to watch beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84852496524.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the University of Utah School of Music @ https://ugive.app.utah.edu/designation/50.
The family of Herb Livsey are grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have felt at this time.


Wilma & family, I am sorry to hear the passing of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Working with Herb at the Ray Quinney & Nebeker as one of his five staff members was a pleasure. I learned a lot from Herb. Herb will greatly missed by several people and the community that enjoyed working with. Your in my thoughts. Linda Haggin

- Linda Haggin

I know he'll always be President Livsey to me, he was a remarkable man, he had a way of making those around him feel special and valued. May the family find comfort and strength in the love and support of those around you. Herb's legacy will live on in the hearts of all who knew him, and his spirit will continue to guide and inspire us. Deepest sympathies from our family, your in our thoughts and hearts.

- Spencer Criddle

We loved Herb so much. So sorry for your family’s loss. We will keep you in our prayers.

- Richard and Bobby Casper

Livsey Family,
There are no words that convey the love that I have for your family. It was such a wonderful childhood for my children growing up by you on the avenues. Herb was such an influence for good in our lives, especially as our bishop. He always had a kind word that encouraged and uplifted me and the many others he was serving. He will always be remembered fondly by all of us.

- Jan Hedberg

Dear Wilma and Livsey family. We're so sorry for your great loss. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers. I loved Bishop Livsey so much. He encouraged me and supported me during very important times of my life. It's our prayer that the Lord gives you all comfort and peace, much love, Nanda Brock & family

- Nanda Brock

Dear Wilma and family, My heart is broken for you and your loss. Your whole family has been such a blessing to our family in past years. Herb has always been so quiet, yet strong. He was a great strength and support to us when my children and I lived in the Avenues back in the late 80's, early 90's. We will never forget the care, love and concern rendered to us and wish we could be there now to comfort and sustain you in your time of need. May God richly bless all of you in this painful time. Much love to all of you.

- Nancy Dixon