is a missing piece in our hearts today as Milton—Husband,
Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother, and Friend, has hung
up his final gone fishin’ sign and returned to his
Heavenly Home. Milton loved to fish, but will also be remembered
as a fisher of men.
Leon Milton Sealy, age 89, passed away Nov. 30, 2011 in
St. George, Utah, from causes due to old age. He lived life
with honesty, integrity, hard work, and a sense of humor.
His motto was, "Work, Work, Work!" He loved to
work—work was his play.
Leon Milton Sealy was born April 27, 1922, in Thayne, Wyoming,
son of Rachel Elizabeth Olsen Sealy and Leon Monette Sealy.
He grew up in Logan, Utah, graduating from Logan High School
in 1940. Milton married his childhood sweetheart and friend,
Shirley Mae Phippen, on Sept. 17, 1941 in Preston, Idaho,
later sealed for ‘Time and all Eternity’ Dec.
18, 1942 in the Logan Temple. Together they built six homes
and raised five children.
Milton has always been connected to the beauty of God’s
rich earth. As a child he enjoyed making clay rabbits and
toys from the red soil near his home. As an adult, Milt
enjoyed gardening, landscaping, cement mixing, carpentry,
and raising multitudes of animals. As a sportsman, Milton
enjoyed hunting, fishing, snow skiing, and water skiing—mastering
jumping off the dock on one ski and holding the rope in
his toe and in his teeth! However, high on his priority
list of talents was his lifetime love of fishing. He and
his father and two brothers more than likely fished every
fishing hole from Utah to Wyoming. His humorous "Big
Fish" stories will forever bring a smile to those who
loved him dearly.
In his early-married life in S.L.C., Milton started his
own business called, "Milt’s Quality Donuts."
Later he worked as an executive for Won Door Corporation,
installing folding doors in church houses across the U.S.
When Milton moved his family to Highland, Utah, he served
as City Councilman. He was an avid BYU football fan and
honored member of the Cougar Club, traveling to games far
and near. After he retired, Milton and Shirley served an
L.D.S. mission as Public Relations Directors in Atlanta,
Throughout his life, Milton has been a faithful member
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Favorite
church callings included Bishopric Counselor, High Councilman,
and Scouting—taking the scouts to his donut shop to
make donuts for fundraisers. As a reward, each young man
got to make a giant donut out of a gallon can with the regular
donut cutter used as the hole!
Milton is survived by his wife, Shirley Sealy; daughter,
Vicki Clayton (Richard), daughter Linda Ottley (Dale), daughter,
Loni Hatch (Blaine), son-in-law, Neal Maxfield (Jeannine),
and daughter-in-law, Lori Sealy. Also survived by his brother,
Ramon Sealy (JoAnn), his sister, Angela Bird (Karl), plus
24 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. Preceded in
death by his daughter, Judy Maxfield, son, Devro Sealy,
daughter-in-law, Gayle Birch Sealy, and his grandson, Skyler
Sealy. Also preceded in death by his sisters, Eva Summers
and Ruth Nielsen, his brother, Denton Sealy, and his parents.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 5, 2011
at 10:00 am in the Highland 4th LDS Ward Chapel, 5848 West
11000 North, Highland, Utah. Friends and family may call
Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral
Home, 1776 North 900 East American Fork, Utah and also Monday
morning one hour prior to funeral services at the church.
Interment, Laketown Cemetery.