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
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
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
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.