Lavell Carter Harris

Services for Lavell Carter Harris will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Redmesa Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Interment will follow at the Kline Cemetery.

Lavell was born on July 16, 1928, in Kline, Colo. to David A. and Ione (Carter) Harris. He passed away on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 86.

Arrangements are being made through Four Corners Funeral Chapel.

Lavell Carter Harris passed away of a myocardial infarction on Aug. 25, 2014, having lived a full and honorable life. He leaves a legacy of hard work, devotion to family, service to community, and love and respect from his children. Lavell was born July 16, 1928, the third child of David Aldridge Harris and Nellie Ione Carter, in Kline, Colo.

He attended elementary school in a one-roomed schoolhouse, where he was taught by his mother. He graduated from Kirtland High School in New Mexico, then continued his education at Fort Lewis College, Northern Arizona University on a football scholarship, and ultimately graduated from Brigham Young University.

From 1949 to 1951, he served in the East Central States Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). He reflected often on those experiences throughout his life, and held a special place in his heart for the people of Kentucky and West Virginia.

In 1954, he married Myrlene Joyce Posey in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. As newlyweds, they lived in France while Lavell served in the U.S. Army as a mechanic and played on the base’s football team. They enjoyed many weekends and furloughs touring the countries of Europe, later instilling in their children a love of travel and adventure.

After his army discharge, he returned to his hometown of Red Mesa, Colo., to farm with his father. In 1962, Myrlene and Lavell “temporarily” moved their young family to Ajo, Ariz., to operate a gas station on the north end of town. By the time they moved back to Colorado, nearly 20 years had passed and Lavell was managing the gas station and owned the local Dairy Queen. They now had seven children, which formed a much needed workforce.

In 1980, the family moved back to Colorado, where Lavell returned to farming and running the Red Mesa Dairy until his retirement.

His testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, never faltered. He served the Lord all the days of his life, and raised his children to do the same. He served in many callings within the LDS church including Bishop of the Ajo Ward of Arizona. He was an entrepreneur, farmer, mechanic, athlete, rancher, inventor, friend, cowboy, teaser, storyteller, prankster, fixer of anything broken, but most importantly, a husband and father.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Myrlene, and their children Julie (Bill) Tisdale, Margo Walker, Nicole (Michael) Delbar, David, Mark (Ashlie), Nyla (Tom) Allen, and Kent (Amy). He also leaves behind many grandchildren who think the world of him and have delightful memories that will last forever.

He is also survived by sisters Mell Slade, Freddie Zufelt, Carol Tanner, Oressa Deckert, Ruthellyn Thiersch, and Madeline Harris. In addition to his parents, siblings who have gone before are Ferron, Reah Harris, Tharwin, Enid Grace, Orris, and Venoy.

Burial arrangements are by Cortez Four Corners Chapel.