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Gaylon Arlo Lee, (92), of West Point, Utah, peacefully passed away on September 4, 2023, surrounded by loved ones.
Arlo was born and raised in Heyburn, Idaho, on March 10, 1931 to Laura Edna Brizzee and Joseph Valentine Lee. Arlo was the youngest of 10 children. If you were to ask Arlo about his childhood, he would tell you he had “the best childhood ever.” Heyburn was his playground. He loved to ride a bike backwards, put pennies on the railroad tracks, play at his father’s sawmill, swim in the Snake River, and surf the canal while being pulled by his father’s Model “A”.
Because he had a fun childhood, he was the best at creating simple fun for his kids and grandkids. He would build zip lines, waterslides, tree houses, stilts, wobble boards, doll furniture, marble runs, and wooden top games that would keep the children in his life entertained for hours. He would even use his awesome talent of building to create fun and interactive train displays. Arlo loved to take his children and grandchildren to visit trains, planes, and automobiles which planted a love for those same things amongst his posterity.
At an early age, Arlo gained a love of music, even though he could never read it. His brother-in-law taught him how to play the harmonica and he learned by ear how to play the accordion. He even played the harmonica in a group called “Golden Years Band” where they would perform music at care centers in the Davis County Area. Many fond memories were made listening to Arlo play both of those instruments. His love of music also led him to his love of dancing. Social Dancing became a talent of his which eventually led him to become a dance director with his wife for the North Davis Stake. They were also able to perform for the All-Church Dance Festival at the University of Utah. Arlo kept on dancing with his sweetheart by participating in the Kaysville Komets Square Dance Club until he could not dance anymore.
Arlo eventually made his way to Utah after having joined the National Guard in Idaho. In 1953 he joined the Army and was released in 1955. After being released from the Army, he was introduced to his future wife and sweetheart at an LDS church in Ogden that same year. Arlo and Connie fell in love and were married in the Salt Lake Temple on August 17th, 1956. They had been married for 67 years. Arlo found employment at Hill Field as an electrician and would lay carpet on the side. To stay close to his job, Connie and Arlo settled down in West Point, Utah where they raised their five children Linda, Kenneth, DeAnn, Kevin, and Christine. West Point is also where their 25 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren would come to visit and enjoy time with Grandma and Grandpa Lee.
Arlo is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Connie; his sister Elsie Grow (Cecil); and their children: Linda Bitton (Val); Kenneth Lee (Betsy); DeAnn Ross (Kevin); Kevin Lee (Tami); and Christine Groberg (Paul). Arlo was preceded in death by his parents and eight of his siblings.
Everyone who knew Arlo, knew him for his happy spirit. He had a great testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and would constantly tell people “Isn’t it great that we are all members of the same church?” and “we are so glad you are a part of our family.” He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he served in many callings, one of his favorites being that of the “greeter.” It was also a privilege for him to serve in the Ogden Temple. Arlo’s family is so grateful to know that he can actually live up to his favorite primary song and shine “with” him each day.
The family wishes to thank caregivers of Utah, and Suzy’s Senior Companionship Services for their loving care of Arlo. Funeral Services will be held at the West Point LDS Chapel at 3500 W. 300 N. on Saturday September 9th at 1:00. The family will meet with friends from 10:30 to 12:30 that same day at the church. Interment will be at the West Point Cemetery.