Our dear Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, and loving Friend returned to his awaiting family on August 5, 2021. LaVell was born on March 23, 1934, in Heber City, Utah to Henry Clay and Ruby (Nielson) Cummings. LaVell spent his childhood and much of his younger adult life in Heber City where he enjoyed his family and numerous close friendships. While in Heber City LaVell married Joyce Broadhead (later divorced) and together they had four children Vicki, Michael, David, and Kelly.
LaVell enjoyed and loved his children dearly. Precious memories include spending time in the Strawberry Valley, family hunting adventures, helping with family livestock, and many more memories. In the earlier years LaVell helped his brother Veigh with the initial construction of what is now known as Timber Lakes and that would set his career path for much of his life. LaVell had a passion to build large earthwork projects and knew the business well. It was a personal challenge to manage personnel, drive schedules, and get things done. LaVell formed many great friendships along the way and took great pride in any project he was involved with.
Later in life, LaVell married Kathleen (Kathy) Kirkendall on September 24, 1993. They were married for 28 years and sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple in August of 2003. They built a beautiful home together in Grantsville, Utah and enjoyed life to the fullest. They always lit up the neighborhood during the Holiday season with lighting, displays, and the signature smiley face. LaVell along with Kathy had a passion for animals of all types. We would often joke that any sheep, goat, cow, chicken, etc. would be safe at the Cummings petting zoo for a lifetime. Family and close friends that knew LaVell rarely saw him without (dogs) Ben, Toby, or Jo Jo riding close to his side.
Close to LaVell’s heart were his sister and four brothers. They loved to spend time together and would meet up often. They all had a special bond with a loving mutual respect. Anyone calling LaVell would often hear him say “I’m headed to my see my brothers and/or sister”.
LaVell was preceded in death by his Father; Henry Clay Cummings, Mother; Emma Ruby (Nielson) Cummings, Sister; Yvonne Miller, Brothers; Veigh Cummings, Kyle Cummings, Melvin Cummings, E. Jay Cummings, and stepson; Robert Holman.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen; daughter Vicki (David) Sweat; sons Michael (Angie) Cummings, David (Tamara) Cummings, and Kelly (Pamela) Cummings; stepson; Steven (Brenda) Holman; stepdaughter; Christine (Grant) Black; 26 Grandchildren, 50 Great Grandchildren, and 3 Great-Great Grandchildren.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday August 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the LDS Clark 2nd Ward located at 81 Church Street, Grantsville, Utah. An additional viewing will be held on Thursday, August 12th from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. with the funeral services beginning at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be held at the Heber City Cemetery located at 700 N 550 E Heber City, Utah at 3:00 p.m.
Services may be viewed online by clicking on the following Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 821 5757 6598
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