Lawrence Clayton Giles
June 18, 1938 – December 8, 2020
Lawrence Clayton Giles was born on June 18, 1938 in McGill, Nevada to Perry and Loraine Giles. He passed into the arms of the Lord on December 8, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska where he and his wife have lived for the past 37 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Nancy Giles Rasmussen and Vicki Giles. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Davidson Giles, his ten children and their spouses: Steven and Cherene Giles, Terry and Caryl Giles, Sheila and Blair Bateman, Lorilee and Daniel Reinhardt, Leon and Geraldine Giles, Elaine and Greg Smith, Elizabeth North, John and Holly Giles, Sherrie and Jay Johnson, and Janice Swilor, his fifty grandchildren, eleven grandchildren added through marriage, ten great-grandchildren, as well as his four brothers and their spouses: Leon and Erika Giles, David and Diane Giles, Dennis Giles, and Victor Giles.
Larry lived a life full of service and love towards others. He was a man of great faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ and as a young man he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico where he learned to speak fluent Spanish. He married Dorothy Davidson, his high school sweetheart, on September 15, 1961 and shortly after was drafted into The United States Army where he served for two years. He was never without a smile and a kind word. He was a teacher by profession but retirement never slowed down his joy and enthusiasm for teaching others. His family was his greatest delight and he was a caring and faithful husband, a fun loving and wise father, and a playful and doting grandfather and great grandfather. He was an enthusiastic fan of college sports, especially the Nebraska Huskers and BYU, his alma mater.
Larry’s passion for teaching and his ability to love and care for others had a lasting impact on many. He volunteered his time and his talents to serve faithfully in every capacity he was called to serve within his church. The last fourteen years of his life were spent as a Sealer working in The Winter Quarters Temple to bind families together forever in this life as well as sealing them in the eternities to come. It was his great joy to be an instrument to seal many couples and families together for time and all eternity, including many of his grandchildren. He had a tremendous love for his Savior, Jesus Christ, and Larry lived a life that showed his love and commitment to the Lord. He was genuine and will be remembered for his great lessons, booming voice, wise advice, playful sense of humor, and heavenly hugs. He was truly a friend to many and will never be forgotten.
Private Funeral Service for immediate family members only: January 6, 10:00 a.m. in Omaha, NE. Interment: Omaha National Cemetery January 6, 2:00pm with military rites by U.S. Army and American Legion Post #331.
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