Bert Scearce Leany, age 88, passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2015. He was born on August 24, 1927, in Hamilton Fort, Iron County, Utah, to Francis Scearce Leany and Ruth Thorley Cox.
He married Patsy LaRue Tait in 1950 in the St. George Utah temple. Patsy died in 2004. He married his current wife and sweetheart, Karen Lea Crowther Busenbark in 2008.
Bert was raised in Southern Utah; including Little Buck, Modena, Cedar City and Milford. He was the student body president at Milford High School in 1946. Bert served as an office clerk in the US Army. Bert and Pat raised their seven children in Filmore and St. George.
He retired from the Soil Conservation Service after 35 years. While working as a surveying engineer, he was recognized for his part in the invention of the Leany Sluice Filtering Structure used to increase the fish population with the filtering of dams.
Bert’s hobbies included gardening, tinkering, trucking, hunting and fishing, scouting, and herbal medicine. He served in the LDS church as a scoutmaster, Sunday school president, ward clerk, and temple worker.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Leany from St. George, his brother Claire (Amelia) Leany, his sister Ruth (Arvel) Larsen, and his seven children; Delna Gates, Barbara/Boj (Tom) Van Guilder, Kevin (Darlene) Leany, Ed Leany, Kyle (Kenna) Leany, Marsha (Trent) Atkinson, Mary (Dave) Mower, 33 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Pat, his parents, two brothers, Keith Leany and Elrod Leany, one sister, Irene Leany Boulton, and one great-great grandchild, Maitlynn Mae Mac Arthur.
A special thanks to Intermountain Health Care and Intermountain Home Health & Hospice for their wonderful and loving care.
- Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George.
- Viewings will be Sunday, Oct. 11, from 6-8 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 12, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services at the mortuary.
- Interment will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, at 3 p.m.
Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454.