Jun 222012

Leon Tad Ballard, 83, died peacefully on Monday, June 18, 2012, at the home of his son in Chandler with his family at his side following a lengthy illness. The public visitation was scheduled from 6 to 8 o’clock on Thursday evening at the Main Street Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 48 N. Main St. in Snowflake, Arizona. The funeral service will begin promptly at 11 o’clock this morning (June 22), also at the Main Street Chapel, where additional visitation will be held one hour prior. The concluding service, including military honors, and interment will follow at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake.

Leon was born, the first of five children, on April 5, 1929, in Snowflake to the late John Henry and Thora Agnes (Shumway) Ballard. He was raised in Snowflake and attended Snowflake High School.

Following his high school graduation, Leon served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Southern States Mission. Following his mission, he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Leon was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War and served honorably.

He married his eternal sweetheart, Flora Miller, in the Mesa Arizona Temple of the LDS church on Nov. 21, 1951. They most recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together.

Leon and Flora lived in Fullerton, Calif., for over 40 years where he was employed professionally as a business manager.

He was active in the church throughout his life, and spent much of his time in service as a bishop, stake president, mission president and, most recently, served as the first president of the Snowflake Temple of the LDS church.

Survivors include his wife, Flora Ballard of Snowflake; five children: Kevin (Mary) Ballard of Gilbert, John (Sharon) of Chandler, Michelle Ballard of Fullerton, Cecelia (Robert) Corry of Sandy, Utah, and Matthew (Michelle) Ballard of Littleton, Colo.; three sisters, Sue Wood of Tempe, Cheryl Ballard of Mesa and Lonna Ballard of Utah; one brother, Jim (Kristine) Ballard of Snowflake; 19 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.