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Ralph Leo Preston

01/01/1926 - 12/14/2021
Service Date: 12/22/2021
Service Time: 10:00 am
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1455 N. Harris Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203
Visitation Date: 12/22/2021
Visitation Time: 9:00 am
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1455 N. Harris Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203
Interment: Binghampton LDS Cemetery

Ralph Leo Preston passed away peacefully at the age of (almost) 96 on December 14, 2021, at his home in Mesa, AZ. He was born to Cyrus and Elizabeth Preston in West Jordan, Utah, on January 1,1926. Ralph led a very happy and active life filled with family and friends. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all of his life. He loved the Church of Jesus Christ and always tried to live the Gospel teachings by helping those in need and striving to live a Christ-like life.

In 1947, he married his sweetheart, Iris Young, in the Mesa Arizona Temple, and together they have six children: Alma Sanger (Bob), Mona Varga (Jim), Ralph Ivan Preston (Carme), Karen Preston-Kass (Ron), Keith Preston (Annie), and Belinda Jones (Robert). Ralph and Iris were married for 40 years until his sweet wife was called home. He then married Esperanza Farnsworth and served in four missions both here and abroad until she was finally called home after 28 years of marriage. He leaves behind another sweet woman, wife and long-time friend, Dixie Rowley-Preston, who loved and cared for him for the final few years of his life.

Ralph loved to entertain guests, sing songs, and tell stories. He has been an entrepreneur most of his life and has worn many hats, such as: business owner, motivational speaker, and landlord.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at 10:00 AM in the LDS Chapel at 1455 N. Harris Dr, Mesa, preceded followed by interment at 2:30 in the Binghampton LDS Cemetery in Tucson.

Family and friends can watch the funeral broadcast via:http://mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/Events/mesaarizonacentralstake



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




  • Loved this dear sweet man! Loved his amazing stories, his sense of humor and playing dominoes even though we cheated! 🥰❤️

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