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David Sadler

October 25, 1949 — July 27, 2013

On Saturday, July 27, 2013 at approximately 7:00 am, David passed away at Intermountain Medical Center from heart failure after enduring a nearly nine year struggle with multiple illnesses; with his wife and daughter by his side. David was 63 years old.

David Sadler was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 25, 1949. He is the second of twelve children born to Joey and Orvil LaVell Sadler.

After graduating from Cyprus High, Class of 1968, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1969 - 1974, fulfilling a dream he'd had as a young boy. During that same time, David started his career at Kennecott Utah Copper, eventually becoming a journeyman electrician before retiring in 2004 after 35 years.

David married Quay Warren on July 14, 1975. Through the highs and lows in the early years, it was obvious David and Quay were madly in love and meant to be together. They were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on October 12, 1981.

If you know David, you know Ford vehicles hold a special place in his heart. In his younger days, he owned a 1969 Ford Ranchero that served as his vehicle and his hobby. He could drive it down the street and everyone knew that was Dave Sadler's Ranchero. Nearly as famous is the 1974 Ford F-250 Hiboy he bought brand new. The license plate for it bore the name of his favorite pulp fiction and comic book hero, "CONAN". From the time he bought it and while he lived, David would be the only owner that truck and its aptly titled license plate would ever have, and even now remains in the family as a true man's heirloom.

He also had an affinity for classic cars, the kind that shake your chest with their throaty rumble and bring tears of joy to grown men's eyes. Still, his love for Fords meant that the Mustang ranked a little higher in the Pantheon of Detroit muscle.

Among those who know him best, he earned a reputation as a perpetual tinkerer and handyman who could build or fix just about anything.

He was a big fan of science fiction novels and short stories, the type that were more cerebral.

He had a love of, and seemingly endless capacity for conversation. Moreso with topics that interested him, but he would talk to you about anything, usually long after you'd run out of time, energy or anything to contribute. It also made him an excellent teacher who would take as much time as needed to explain and demonstrate whatever it was in great, and those who loved him might say excruciating, detail.

David joins his parents Joey and Orvil LaVell as well as his sister Millie, all who preceded him in death.

David is survived by his wife Quay, children Jacob, Joann (Josh), Byron (Kimberly), Matthew and Kenny. He is also survived by his five grandchildren Quaylyn, Ivy, Amberlyn, Lucas and David.

David, you taught us the value of hard work, friendship, loyalty and the refusal to ever stop learning. We love you, we miss you and we all have "tingle bum" as we look forward to the day when we see you again. When you see Annabelle, tell her we said hi.

A two hour viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 10-12p.m. in the LDS Chapel at 2150 Pointe Meadow Loop, Lehi. Graveside services will immediately follow at the Utah Veterans Cemetery, 17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale.

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