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Leo Ashman Webb, 101, died peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Snowflake on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. At his request, only a graveside service will be held. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Silver Creek Mortuary in Taylor, followed by a short program and burial at 11 a.m. at Mike Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake.
He was born March 2, 1912, at his parent’s home on what was then Back Street (now First East.) He was the ninth of 11 children of Edward Milo and Phoebe Freeman Webb.
After graduating from Snowflake High School, he married his sweetheart, Josie Eileen Dowdle, in 1933.
Leo started working with his older brothers when he was about 10 years old loading sand and gravel by hand and driving the horses on freight wagons from Holbrook to Fort Apache. Eventually, Dad bought a truck and the rest of his life he was a very hard worker. He bought a farm and raised acres of cucumbers, corn and alfalfa. He had cattle ranches, was the irrigation boss, cut and hauled wood, and hauled everything he could in his truck, including moving a circus that broke down in Show Low.
He was a lifelong member of the LDS church, and was financial secretary for several different bishops and High Priest Quorum secretary. He donated time and labor to civic and church activities, including cutting wood for the annual Widow’s Wood Dance, and hauling the sandstone blocks for the high school and the Main Street Chapel.
Josie eventually joined the LDS church and they were sealed in the Mesa Temple in 1958.
Survivors include two daughters, Eileen (Bob) Myers and Janet (Richard) Farnsworth, both of Snowflake; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Josie, who died in 2000.
Leo liked to say, “I was born on Back Street, lived my life on Back Street and I want to die on Back Street.” His wish was fulfilled. He died 1½ blocks from where he was born.Webb, Leo obit pic