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John Clayton Leffue

12/14/1931 - 09/09/2017
Service Date: 09/16/2017
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2424 N. Old Gilbert Road, Mesa, Arizona

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.


  • I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know it’s hard when a loved one dies, but there is a promise that God has given us at Acts 24:15 that all will be resurrected for both the righteous and unrighteous. I hope you can find comfort in this along with other enlightening scriptures like Revelation 21:4 Romans 12:12

  • John so sorry for your loss may God bless you Cindy and your whole family. Lossing your father I know is not easy take care of you and your family during this time know that he is up there watching over you now.

  • Joyce Anders Buchanan

    All our thoughts & prayers to the family, Mr. Leffue is the only principal I remember. In Arlington School. He was our sub one day and we learned fractions in a tasty way he had Mrs. Leffue make pies we had to learn to cut those pies into a fraction he gave us. I will forever remember him. RIP Mr. Leffue

  • Although John was my cousin and I didn’t get to see him often, he was definitely in all of our thoughts and conversations of love when we would have reunions with the Ohio relatives… John was a wonderful dad and friend and what I do remember of him, he always had such a genuine smile. Deepest condolences go out to Pearl and family. John please give Uncle Clayton and Aunt Edwina a big hug from us and find my daddy (Frank Snoke) and tell him I love him and miss him…. May you rest in comfortably in Gods arms.

  • Pearl and family, My thoughts and prayers go to you at this time of great of loss. May John be forever blessed and you be comforted in knowing that he is with his Lord at this time.

  • Pam and I send our thoughts and prayers to all our cousins in Arizona. Always enjoyed visiting all of them and bragging on my BUCKEYES. Rest in peace.

  • Linda Snoke Fisher

    My deepest sympathy and prayers for you all. Always enjoyed visits from all of you. About 8 years ago we were able to visit Grandpa and Grandma Bail’s cabin. It’s beautiful Mr. Davis did a great job. I wish my dad could have seen it. Still have picture of all of you in front of cabin when you visited. So many memories and I hope those memories bring happiness to you all. May John Rest In Peace. All of you in my prayers.
    Linda Snoke Fisher

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