Harold Hovey passed away on February 12, 2020, quietly at the University of Utah Medical Center. He was born on April 22, 1927 to Leslie and Estella Hovey in Logan, Utah, the youngest of five children, where he was raised. He attended Logan High School and graduated in Accounting from Utah State University, Logan, Utah, where he met his wife, Phyllis Irene Simpson.
Harold married Phyllis Irene Simpson in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake City Temple on September 14, 1949. They celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary just prior to Phyllis passing on December 27, 2014. Together they had four children. Harold was drafted into the Army after high school and was a veteran of WWII. He joined the Air Force after getting married and became a veteran of the Korean War.
Harold was an active member of the 41st Ward, Ogden and the 27th East Ward, Salt Lake City and loved greeting each member as he passed out the programs. He had a special talent for cheering people up and always had a good word to say to everyone. Over the years, he taught Sunday School, worked in the Elders Quorum, and was a Counselor in the Bishopric. He was very active in the community and had two volunteer jobs. He served the last four years as a service missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the church office building in Salt Lake City, Utah. His favorite duty there was taking groups to the 26th floor observation deck and giving them a guided tour of the city from that vantage point. He also volunteered with his good friend Rosie Breinholt at the Utah State Capitol Building doing what he loved most, greeting and giving tours to the tourists, who liked his good humor and quick wit.
Harold enjoyed working with the public as a traveling salesman and founded a wholesale business in Hawaii and was the co-owner with Phyllis of Trenz, a gift and novelty chain of four stores in Utah, where he employed most of his grandchildren. After retiring, he enjoyed traveling in their motor home with Phyllis. They visited family and traveled to most of the states. He loved spending winters in Yuma, Arizona where they enjoyed time with friends and relatives.
Harold is survived by his brother, Paul Hovey, and his four children, Frank (Diane), Kim, Scott (Joelyn), and Brian. He has 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the 27th East Ward, 185 P Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may visit with family Friday, February 21, 2020, from 11:30am – 12:30pm at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah. Interment, Friday 2:00pm at Logan City Cemetery.
We appreciate the wonderful compassionate care he received from the University of Utah Medical Center, especially the Palliative Care Unit.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at lindquistmortuary.com