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LeRoy Franklin Peel

08/10/1931 - 12/28/2021
Service Date: 01/08/2022
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Boulder Creek Stake Center
Visitation Date: 01/08/2022
Visitation Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Boulder Creek Stake Center
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Exactly 8 months after the passing of our mother, LeRoy Franklin Peel joined his beloved sweetheart on the other side of the veil. He slipped away peacefully on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 8th at 10:00 A.M. at the Boulder Creek Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 3025 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa, Arizona. A viewing will be held for family and friends at 9:00 A.M., prior to the services. A full obituary may be viewed online, at www.bunkerfuneral.com.

LeRoy was born and raised on a small dairy farm in the valley, graduating from Mesa High School in 1949. After graduation he was called to the Massachusetts New England Mission where he served for 2 years. He later attended Brigham Young University, where he received his MS degree in microbiology. After working for 10 years for the Public Health Service at a research laboratory in Hamilton, MT, he decided to attend the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine, receiving his D.O. degree in 1974. Returning to his hometown of Mesa, AZ, he practiced family medicine for the next couple of decades. Before retiring, he became a physician for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, located in Sheridan, OR, where he practiced for approximately 6 years.

LeRoy met LaRae Werner and they were married in the Mesa Arizona temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sealed as husband and wife for all eternity. After raising 5 children and serving in various callings in their church, LeRoy and LaRae became missionary companions, serving in Kathmandu, Nepal and Manila, Phillipines, where he was the chief medical officer for missionaries serving in all 13 missions in that area. The Peels then returned to Mesa, where they have resided for the past 18 years.

He is survived by his sister, Elona Peel Cooley, a brother- and sister-in-law, Dean & Sue Werner, his children: Laurie (Mark) Dooley, Stephen LeRoy, Marilyn Elaine (Mike) Fish, Michael Benjamin, and Barbra Ann (Joel) Galindo, 23 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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.


  • Ms. Katherine Bryan Hendricks

    What a blessing it was in my young life to have lived just down the street from you and your wonderful family. The many kindnesses that were shown to myself, my siblings, and to my parents by yourself and your eternal companion will always be remembered and cherished.

  • Jay and Barbara Jensen

    A good man who lived a great life. We enjoyed our friendship with him and his wife.

  • Jane Bryan Jones

    I have a very special place in my heart for Dr Peel as he was the first to bring forth, with Gentle, Professional hands, my three daughters. He also was the Bishop who stood in the circle along with my husband to give them their name and blessing.
    Never was there a moment that he showed frustration or judgement upon any body. His voice was gentle but the strength of his knowledge was always in front of him. His action spoke louder then his words as he lived his Christ Centered faith. He Knew what he Knew and lived it.
    His sweet wife by his side always, they found their way into the Lives and hearts of the little Bryan/Jones family. Ever true friends with my parents, Marv and Dina Bryan, they supported whenever and wherever they could.
    I am so grateful to have Known these two Brilliant People. Family and friends rejoiced as Dr Peel passed through to them. I can only imagine LaRays smile lighting up the Heavens as he traveled towards her.
    What an Amazing Thought!
    May God Bless all of us who remain and remember🙏🏻

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