November 28, 2012, LaVal M Pitts, 81, peacefully graduated
from this life surrounded by his family, after a brief and
valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
LaVal was born July 2, 1931 in Heber City, Utah to Charles
E. and Yorda Ostergaard Pitts. He spent his childhood in
the beautiful mountains of Park City, UT, and moved to the
river bottoms on Carterville Road in Orem, UT, when he was
8. His teenage years were filled with hunting, fishing and
working at Cook's Orchards. He graduated from Lincoln High
School in 1949. LaVal then entered the Navy during the Korean
War and often shared stories about fixing airplanes throughout
the Pacific and of his great love for his country.
LaVal served in the LDS Northern States Mission from 1958-1960.
He was blessed throughout his life because of the people
he met while serving there. Upon returning home, he continued
his education at BYU earning high honors while receiving
a BS and Masters Degrees of Science in Botany. He loved
learning, educating, and teaching. He truly loved his students!
LaVal taught Science to thousands of Jr. High students over
a 30 year career at Lincoln High and Lakeridge Jr. High
LaVal married his "sweetheart", Joan Glazier,
on November 16, 1961 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They recently
celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary. LaVal and Joan
worked hard to build their beautiful home in Edgemont where
they have resided the last 44 years while raising their
3 children and working on the family farm.
LaVal enjoyed serving the Young Single Adults at BYU. He
served as the President of the 86th Branch and Bishop of
the 190th Ward. He loved his students and felt so honored
to be a part of their lives and treasured his memories at
BYU. LaVal also served for 17 straight years on the Edgemont
Stake High Council.
LaVal had an inspiring passion for nature, animals, and
for the beauties of this earth. He was a man of many talents.
He was a builder, a creator, and an entrepreneur. He was
constantly coming up with new ideas and inventions. His
greatest attributes were being humble, kind, strong, healthy,
gentle, caring and had a very sweet tooth. Yet, he felt
that his greatest accomplishment was that of his family.
LaVal's love for his family was simply second to none. He
absolutely adored his wife, children, grandchildren, and
many nieces and nephews.
LaVal will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially
his wife, Joan Glazier Pitts of Provo; sons Greg (Melisa)
Pitts of Highland; Steve (Gina) Pitts of Provo; and daughter
Jana (Brett) Herbert of Lehi; along with his 14 grandchildren
and 5 brothers (Lee, Ralph, Ted, Glenn, and Gary) and sister
Please join us in a celebration of his life on Tuesday,
December 4, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Edgemont 4th LDS Ward
Chapel, 4000 North Timpview Drive, Provo, Utah. Family and
friends may attend a viewing Monday evening December 3,
2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Edgemont 4th Ward Chapel and
also Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services
at the church. Interment will be in the East Lawn Memorial
Hills Cemetery. Funeral Directors - Warenski Funeral Home
of American Fork, Utah