Louis Wallace Latimer
1926 ~ 2017

Our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, Louis Wallace Latimer, 90, died on June 16, 2017, surrounded by loving family members.

He was born July 11, 1926, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Hugh and Hannah Iva Wallace Latimer, the fourth of their five children. At 17, he enlisted in the Navy, serving as an electronic technician. From 1946 to 1949, he served an LDS mission to Argentina. He received a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Utah and an MBA from Harvard University.

He married Ruth Marian Hansen, the love of his life, in the Salt Lake Temple on September 27, 1950. They are the parents of six children. The family lived in California, New York, Ecuador, Nevada, and Utah. His career included work in information systems for IBM, Summa Corporation, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he enthusiastically supported Ruth in her career with Embryo Music. Lou and Ruth were married for nearly sixty years, and he tenderly cared for her in her illness until she passed away in 2010.

Church service was a central part of his life. He served as a high councilman, bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, stake president, and mission president in Ecuador from 1970 to 1973. He and his beloved Ruth served missions to Chile, Guatemala, and as president and matron of the Guatemala City Temple. Being a temple sealer, he performed the sealings for many of his grandchildren.

He was fluent in Spanish to the end of his life, enthusiastically engaging all Spanish speakers he met in lively conversations and insisting that Spanish is “la idioma celestial.”

Adventurous even in his later years, he was always game for visiting the cabin in West Yellowstone, driving an ATV, watching a superhero movie, or climbing the Great Wall of China.

Papa Louie, as the family affectionately called him, was the perfect gentleman—a gentle man who treated everyone he met with respect and kindness, and his loving example taught his sons how to be devoted husbands and fathers.

He never differentiated between his children and their spouses—they were all his children: Gregg and Helen Latimer, Lisa and Randy Smithson, Adrienne and Scott Stowell, Kyle and Mary Latimer, Brett and Terri Latimer, and Darin and Kamie Latimer. He doted on his 25 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

Adios, querido Papá.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Harbor 1st LDS Ward Chapel, 600 South 100 West, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends may call Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 at the church building prior to services. He will be interred next to Ruth in the American Fork City Cemetery.

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