Dr. Varon LeRoy Howell, known to many as Principal, mentor, teacher, and friend, graduated on February 3, 2011, with Honors from the school of mortality.
“Big V”, as many knew him, was born on March 9, 1929, to Reta (Fackrell) and Newell Howell in Blackfoot, ID. The locals knew him as fun-loving and outgoing. He was their High School basketball superstar!
Varon’s passion for cars intensified while working at Coveys - Uncle Monde’s service station. He was the talk of the town when he bought his first car at age 14. Thus began a pattern of driving new or vintage - spanning seven decades. Many will remember “Big V” looking like a rock star cruising in his convertible with the top rolled down.
Varon’s decision to accept Bishop Noack’s challenge to serve a mission forever altered the eternal course for his immediate family and countless future generations. Utilizing his divine talents, Varon faithfully served as District Leader in the Western States mission. He continued throughout his life serving in numerous leadership positions.
He set the bar high becoming a first generation graduate of high school - then furthering his education at Brigham Young University for his Bachelors’ Masters’ and ultimately his Doctorates’ Degree in education.
While at BYU, he met the love of his life, the beautiful and talented girl from Castle Dale, UT, Kathryn Tuttle. They were married on September 5, 1952 in the Manti Temple. For 58 ½ years, they were inseparable.
From his work in produce at the grocery store, to sales clerk at JC Penney, to teaching in elementary and high school, and ultimately as Elementary School Principal, Varon always found a way to enjoy what he was doing in the moment.
An immeasurable number of people have been blessed to have had Dr. Howell as their Principal. He cherished being a Dad to his children Scott (Linda), Karen (Morgan) Brown, and Amy (John) Oglesby.
He loved being “Papa” to his 14 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. His brother Devon (Patsy), who passed away January 8, 2011, must surely be rejoicing at Varon’s return.
His sister Darlene (Murdock) and brother Gaylon, are honored to have him as a brother and friend.
Forever loyal to his alma mater, he and Kathy rarely missed a BYU basketball or football game; often traveling out of state to cheer at playoff and Bowl games.
Tennis was another of his passions, loving the people he played with just as much as he loved the sport. His vision for organizing the extremely popular annual tennis tournaments resulted in great unity and friendship within the neighborhood.
From trips with the motorcycle “gang” to golf outings in the retirement years, he loved it all. When asked about his New Year’s resolution he stated, “2011 is the year for living”.
A viewing in Varon’s honor will be held on Thursday, February 10, from 6-8 p.m., at the Larkin Mortuary (2350 E. 1300 So., SLC); and a viewing on Friday, February 11 from 10:30–11:30 a.m., at the Eastridge ward (1280 E. 4800 So., SLC) with funeral services beginning at 12 p.m.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.larkincares.com .
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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