Apr 052013

Donald Richard Layden, 82, died in the final minutes of Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low from complications of a stroke. The public visitation will be held from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. today (April 5) at the Holbrook Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 1127 Helen Ave. The funeral service will immediately follow at the stake center at 11 a.m. The concluding service and interment will take place at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery in Taylor.
He was born on April 26, 1930, in Gallup, N.M., to the late Thomas Richard and Ruby Irene (McDonald) Layden.
Don graduated from Holbrook High School in 1949. He went on to fulfill a full-time mission for the LDS church in the Texas Louisiana Mission. After his mission, he completed a degree in education at Brigham Young University in 1960. He then returned to Holbrook to begin his teaching career.
He met Barbara Stewart at BYU. They continued a long distance relationship and finally married on Feb. 4, 1961, in Greenville, Ky. They were sealed for time and all eternity on March 31, 1961, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Don received his master’s degree in 1965 from Western Kentucky University. He taught history for 34 years, predominately in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corps. Many students were influenced by his storytelling teaching ability. He made history come alive.
He was an active member of the LDS church and served the Lord his entire life. Upon retiring in 1994, he was able to fulfill two full-time missions with his eternal companion, Barbara, one to Nevada and the other to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara S. Layden; five children, Shawn, Lance, Troy, Kemp and Heather; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
Floral tributes gladly will be accepted, however, memorial contributions to the General Missionary Fund of the LDS church have been suggested by his family.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.Layden, Donald Richard