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Joseph Allen Leavitt

07/08/1924 - 11/03/2015
Service Date: 11/14/2015
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Adobe Villa Ward, 5350 E. McLellan Road, Mesa, Arizona

Dr. J. Allen Leavitt, 91, of Mesa, Arizona was called home to be reunited with his wife Donna and daughters Cheryl Christensen and Amy Smith. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 3, 2015. He is survived by his children Donna Ellsworth (David), Karen Shumway, John Leavitt (Isela), Jay Leavitt (Deborah) and Kathleen Moon (Jim), 37 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.

Allen was an All-State basketball player for Mesa High, Eagle Scout, WWII Navy Veteran and a Physician. He was once called the Father of Mesa by the Tribune for helping bring an estimated 13,000 babies into this world. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed serving in many capacities especially with the Scouts.

Funeral services will be Saturday November 14, 2015 at 10 AM at the LDS chapel at 5350 E. McLellan Rd. in Mesa. There will be a viewing from 6-8 PM Friday November 13, 2015 at Bunker’s Garden Chapel at 33 North Centennial Way in downtown Mesa.


  • He was a kind man and a good doctor. I remember him from the Southside Clinic on South MacDonald and 1st Avenue, where my children were born.

  • Dr Leavitt was an important part of our family. He was not only Dr. (took out my tonsils) but he was a friend of our family. He was part of a vanishing generation of doctors who knew their patients and was willing to go above and beyond. He has left a large footprint on the greater Mesa community.

  • Connie Oliver Tryon

    Rest in peace Bro. Leavitt

  • To the Family:
    Uncle Allen has always been a wonderful example to us. Our prayers are with all of you.
    Dave and Colleen Honaker

  • Familia Cervantes Mesa, AZ

    We would like to send our condolences for such a great person. Dr. Leavitt is a wonderful man who cared for our family and delivered all of us (6 boys and 2 girls). He will always be remembered for his kind heart, love, and care for his patients, regardless of who they were whether they had money or not. I remember the home visits he would make to care for my sick Nana. We all love him for that and everything he did for the family. I am sad to say that I just found out of his passing and wish the family could have been there for him as he was for us. Our prayers go out to all family members. Please Carry out the same love and care as he did.

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