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Reece F. Jarvis

Reece Fielding Jarvis entered into rest on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the Mt Graham Regional Medical Center with his family gathered around him. He was 84. Reece was born the son of Silas Fielding and Ruth Webster Jarvis in Bryce, Arizona on February 26, 1934. He graduated from Pima High School and then served a LDS mission in the Southern States Mission. Later, he attended Eastern Arizona College, U of A and BYU. Returning to the Gila Valley and there he stayed. There is nothing that he loved and adored more than his sweetheart Anna Jane Lazear, who he married in the Mesa LDS temple, 60 years ago, on June 11, 1958. They lived together in Pima, where 6 children joined their family; Reecia Stapley (Larry), Karen Scott (Brian), Carolyn Cathcart (Dennis), Ryan (Faith), Juliana Smith (Joshua) and Jordan (Shanna). He retired as Pima's Postmaster after 31 years of public service, and then secured Pima's rural route to deliver for 18 more years. He volunteered as a Pima EMT where he trained many young EMTs and then later worked for Cords Ambulance. He also volunteered for the Pima Fire Department for 33 years. He was one of the original founding members of Eastern Arizona Historical Society. He also sat in the crow's nest for 38 years calling Pima's football games. Many will remember him for the magic of his voice, that he shared singing at many wedding, funerals and other occasions. He and Anna Jane traveled to Mesa for many years to serve in the Mesa LDS temple until The Gila Valley temple was built and they continued to serve there. He served in many other capacities in church Including bishop, he loved working with the young adults at the college and then with the members of the new Pima 4th Ward. He loved camping, hunting, motorcycles, going for rides to get a Pepsi, anything outdoors and anything with his family. He knew every trail on the mountain and even spent some time working for the forest service on Mt Graham. He is survived by his loving wife Anna Jane, his 6 children, 24 grandchildren, 20 great­grandchildren, his brother, Heber Jarvis and sisters, Barbara Judd, Marsha Smith, Susan Shellady and sister-in-law Alice Long. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Silas and Ruth and his sister Gwen Elise. He was respected and so loved by many and we will deeply miss his gentle smile, his pleasant laugh, his wisdom and love.


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Anna, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I was just checking out obits on line and saw this. You are such a delightful person I know he had to be one also to deserve you. Charlotte Farr

Charlotte Farr Jan 4 2019 12:00 AM

Anna, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I was just checking out obits on line and saw this. You are such a delightful person I know he had to be one also to deserve you. Charlotte Farr

Charlotte Farr Jan 4 2019 12:00 AM

Our very deepest sympathies go out to you Anna Jane from the Martin family(Jim and Fern) and also the Leavitt family (Moneta Allen and JoeAnn Brimhall) express their condolences.

James G Martin Nov 29 2018 12:00 AM

Anna Jane, I never met your husband, but I was so sad to read of his passing. I've loved seeing pictures of your two since we reconnected on FB and have loved reading what others have said about him! He is obviously a very special man. To get you as his wife he had to be. What a beautiful couple. Please know my prayers are for you and your family! Sending love and hugs. Dian

Dian Shumway Nov 29 2018 12:00 AM

Our very deepest sympathies go out to you Anna Jane from the Martin family(Jim and Fern) and also the Leavitt family (Moneta Allen and JoeAnn Brimhall) express their condolences.

James G Martin Nov 29 2018 12:00 AM

Anna Jane, I never met your husband, but I was so sad to read of his passing. I've loved seeing pictures of your two since we reconnected on FB and have loved reading what others have said about him! He is obviously a very special man. To get you as his wife he had to be. What a beautiful couple. Please know my prayers are for you and your family! Sending love and hugs. Dian

Dian Shumway Nov 29 2018 12:00 AM

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Louisa Othon Nov 28 2018 12:00 AM

Louisa Othon lit a candle for Reece F. Jarvis

Louisa Othon Nov 28 2018 12:00 AM

Anna Jane I am so sorry to hear that Reese has passed away. I love you and your family and pray that Heavenly Father will bless and comfort you at this time. He certainly helps us get through these difficult times in our life. How comforting is the knowledge that we will see them again and have them forever.

Carole Taylor Nov 27 2018 12:00 AM

Ever grateful I am and will be for my Uncle Si and Aunt Ruth and their Family for their cheerful kindness, joy and gladness, constantly celestial in nature. Reece, Barbara, Heber, Marsha, and Susan have inbred in their characters the keen spiritual sense of whence they came, why they're here, and where they're heading.. Reece personified this reality! A True Saint of the Highest Order; he lived after the Manner of Happiness! I always felt accepted, appreciated, and wanted by Reece and Anna Jane, parents, family, and siblings. Goodness, in our youth, whenever the Si and Ruth Family were in Mesa, Arizona, they'd always swing by the Uncle Joe and Aunt Mildred Home for enthusiastic visits. How we all lovingly enjoyed those events, and also when we were in Pima, the Jarvis Home was a sure stop for refreshing, edifying visits! Yes, Reece will ne'er be forgot, nor will Anna Jane, for she is the life of that home! The Lord's Spirit surrounds those grounds of the Jarvis Homestead, protecting, building lives, strengthening, nourishing the "rooted" Tree of Life, springing up unto everlasting life (note Alma 32:41). Thank you, Reece and Anna Jane, for your welcoming lives of goodness,cheer, joy, music, beauty, service, and eternal love. With loving gratitude, your cousins Jesse Selvoy and Patricia Ann Jarvis aboundingoodworks@gmail.com

Jesse Selvoy Jarvis Nov 27 2018 12:00 AM