I adored this man. I worked for Leonard at the U of U for many years. He truly managed with an open door policy. We could drop in with a problem, a story, or just a smile, and he always made us feel welcome. I also worked for his mom Jan, at Granite SD many years before I met Leonard. He penciled a picture of the gazebo at Ft Douglas for me when I left the U. He knew the fort was my favorite place and in those days it was a ghost town - all mine to enjoy. He was genuine! In the case of this man I would say to all who loved him, “Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy it happened”. Prayers to his people!
Stephanie Knight Taylir
After Leonard had served as a mission president, with his wife, in Russia, and I had served with my wife as a missionary in Kirtland, Ohio, he and I were on an endowment session in the Salt Lake Temple. This gave us a chance to renew our work experiences at the University of Utah. As we talked, we also realized that our ancestors had had a significant impact in each others' lives. Parley P. Pratt, I believe who was his second great grandfather, converted John Taylor, my relative. Then in Kirtland John Taylor had helped to strengthen Parley P. Pratt when he questioned Joseph Smith's prophetic calling.
As my wife and I served as the office couple on Temple Square, Sister Kokonina from Moscow served with us. Leonard and his wife likely met her parents, who were then non-members. We both exulted in the privileges the Lord has given to us and our families.
You are blessed to have had him as your father and grandfather and I have been blessed to have him as a friend. Our prayers have been, and will be, with your family to have the comforting and healing influence of our Heavenly Father to be with you.
salt lake city, UT
Our sincerest condolences from the Mulkey family. God bless you all for your loss. Leonard was such a very special person to us all over the years; he will be dearly missed by on our visits to Salt Lake. He was ALWAYS so very dear to me and my family over the years -- especially when I was at the U in college and he and Kathryn would have me over for family time and dinner. That meant the world to me back then. I have tried to emulate his humor in life. He showed us all how very important it is to be able to laugh at life. I will never forget his comments about my keeping the Utah economy running when I purchased new ski's and boots at the Sports Den on one visit with him and Kathryn. I think of him often in that respect. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I can only imagine the reunion that is going on right now in heaven with your mom. What a glorious thing to behold!
Michael C Mulkey
mountain view, CA
What a beautiful tribute written for a wonderful man. He would make us laugh anytime we saw him. We were so proud to share grandchildren with he and Kathryn. Our heart hurts for all of you and hope you find comfort in thoughts of him dancing with your mother once again.
Gordon and Debra Larsen
st george, UT
What a beautiful life! Rachel, much love to you and your family.