John Clayton Leffue, 85, passed away peacefully in his home on September 9th, 2017 surrounded by his family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clayton William Leffue, his mother Edwina Ethelyn Bolar, his brother Frankie Fenton Leffue and son-in-law Thomas DeWitt Vance. Left to carry on his legacy of love and kindness are his loving wife Pearl, his daughter Susan Daley (Mark), Cheryl Vance, and son John Leffue (Cindy) and grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Joyce Rimer.
John was born in Columbus, Ohio on December 14, 1931 and moved to Tempe, AZ when he was 14 years old. He was athletic and loved sports. He played on both the football and basketball teams at Arizona State University. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1954 with honors.
John loved spending time with his family, loving and serving others, traveling, working at the cabin and watching ball games. As a man of great faith, he served in many calling of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was an excellent teacher and dedicated 40 years to being a teacher and principal of schools. So many children throughout his lifetime benefited by his guidance and loving nature. He was a wonderful influence to his family and friends as he always found joy in life and was witty and optimistic until the end. Always one with a smile, he was best known for his kind and gentle nature. He loved hugs and was a great example of love and kindness throughout his life. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:00 am, preceded by a visitation at 9:00 am, at the LDS church located at 2424 N. Old Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ 85213.