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John Leland Jarvis

09/19/1930 - 01/04/2024
Service Date: 01/13/2024
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 616 S Extension Road, Mesa, AZ 85210
Visitation Date: 01/13/2024
Visitation Time: 9:30 AM
Visitation Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 616 S Extension Road, Mesa, AZ 85210
Interment: Belcrest Memorial Park Salem, OR

In Loving Memory of John Leland Jarvis.

John Leland Jarvis was born in El Paso Texas to Lehi Defriez and Clare McGuire Jarvis, September 19, 1930.  John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Carol Lucille Scott, four brothers; Lehi Marlin, Clarence Verl, Sidney Carl, Earl Lavon, and Melvin Richard Jarvis.

John’s growing up years were spent in Texas, Arizona, Idaho, California, and Oregon, where his family finally settled.  John went to Salem High School in Salem, Oregon.  At a young age of eighteen he joined the Marine Corps where he spent three years serving his country.  He was honorably discharged.

John met his wife, Carol, in Salem at church, and in a few months they were wed civilly. They were later sealed together for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple.

John tried his hand as a glass glazer and insurance salesman.  He finally found his niche and for nearly forty years he worked at the Oregon Statesman/Capitol Journal Newspaper in Salem, Oregon where he retired.

John’s wife, Carol, passed away in 1998.  In 1999 he was privileged to meet and marry Viola Sanderson Walker.  John and Viola enjoyed 24 years of adventures together. They served a mission in Bilbao, Spain.  After serving their mission, they traveled to Mexico, visiting John’s grandfather’s homestead and the area where his father was born and grew up.  In other trips they traveled to Israel, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and several sites in the United States.  Two notable trips were to Nauvoo with Viola and then with his grandson to Washington D.C. to watch him receive an award at the Pentagon.

John’s dedication to his family and faith were primary to his life and could be seen in his everyday life.  His prayers were to be worthy to return to the presence of the Lord.  He also prayed that his family would be watched over and they would find their way to the Savior.

John is survived by his wife, Viola Sanderson Walker Jarvis, brothers James Vernon and Phillip Mac Jarvis, children Carol Ann Parkhurst, David Scott Jarvis (Laura), Dennis Lee Jarvis, Debra Sue Swift (Robert), and Jeffrey Brian Jarvis (Tracy).  He has 17 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.


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Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


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