MORGAN - Leland Roy Tatton, 66, our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather, passed away quietly on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.
Roy was born July 8, 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Donald Fred and Betty Jane Tatton. Roy grew up in North Ogden, Utah where he graduated from Weber High School (Class of 1964). Roy served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New Zealand South Mission. Upon returning from his mission, he married Kathy Creamer on August 16, 1968 in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Immediately after graduating from Weber College in Ogden, Utah with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Roy enlisted in the United States Army Officer Candidate School in Georgia where he graduated with Top Honors. He spent the next three years in the service of his country working as a Military Intelligence Officer. It was during that time that he gained invaluable computer technology experience that served as the foundation for a long career in the field.
Following his honorable discharge from the service, Roy's career took his young family from Canada to California before returning home to Utah in 1978. Roy and Kathy moved the family to Park City, Utah so their children could grow up enjoying the great outdoors. Over the course of the next 25 years, Roy spent countless days skiing, hunting, fishing, and golfing with his family. Those were days to be remembered.
Prior to his retirement, Roy designed and built his dream home on 10 beautiful acres in Morgan, Utah. In his retirement, Roy loved studying church history, gardening, working with his horses, raising beef, and spoiling his grandchildren. "Papa Roy" loved to give four wheeler and jeep rides and saddle up the horses at every opportunity, but really looked forward to giving sleigh rides each winter behind his Percheron draft horse.
Roy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as Bishop of the Park City Second Ward and in the Stake Presidency of the Park City, Utah Stake - among many other callings. He especially enjoyed service missions with his wife where they served as tour guides at the Palmyra, New York church historical sites. He also enjoyed working with the youth and serving in the scouting program.
He is survived by his wife Kathy, three siblings; brothers Craig (Carolee) and Ron (Shelly) Tatton and his sister, Marta Havens, his eight children; Rory (Michelle) Tatton, Ryan (Racquel) Tatton, Kristin (Brent) Harman, Rhett (Andrea) Tatton, Randen (Antonia) Tatton, Rustin (Challise) Tatton, Royce (Lauren) Tatton, Kara (Aaron) Gold, and 24 grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Milton LDS Chapel (1255 N. Morgan Valley Drive, Morgan, Utah). A viewing will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday morning, April 4, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. also at the Milton LDS Chapel.
Interment will be in the Ben Lomond Cemetery, North Ogden, Utah.
Family and friends may sign the guest book and share memories of Roy at www.walker-mortuary.com