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RIP Dad - Alfred Lloyd Leavitt Departed Mortality
NOVEMBER 29, 2016 - It is with sadness that I share the news that my Father has passed away. It happened yesterday back in Hohenwald, TN. Dad spent his last few years living in a small travel trailer on my siste Becky's property in a remote part of Tennessee. He was found dressed with his bed made and he was ready to go somewhere.
I have been reacting in odd ways since finding out via a phone call from my sister Susan. She left a message to call and I made contact immediately before I was set to walk onto the basketball court for the first of three men's games. I was stunned, yet totally at peace. Dad chose the remote lifestyle years ago and successfully made it to age 89.He would have passed much sooner if he had stayed in the Southern California stressful lifestyle that found him drinking and smoking heavily. He gave up both those vices in his later years and did his best to retain whatever good health that was left.
Family members have been really concerned with how I would react. I was almost thankful that I have officiating assignments to distract me from the immediate shock of the news. I'll share later how all of this transpires. So far I am just experiencing feelings of relief that Dad was relieved of the pains that he was enduring. He found himself with some type of colon obstruction that made it near impossible for him to eat, as the pain was just too great. I hope he was able to pass quickly as thoughts of him being all alone disturb me the most. Most of my friends my age have already dealt with the passing of their parents. I have always been fortunate that both Mom and Dad come from long living genes.
I am also comforted knowing that Dad has passed on through the veil and reunited with our loved ones that died before him. If your parents or parent is still alive, consider giving them a big kiss and hug and let them know they are loved!
Make it a great day! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah