Leland Adam Farber returned home into the loving arms of his beloved wife Darhle, on Sunday November 26, 2023. He was born on July 6, 1933, at the Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, to Milton Adam and Myrtle Marie Hennefer Farber. Leland spent his childhood in Ogden together with his three sisters, Marie, Frances and Karen.
He attended Ogden High School where he was an excellent student. Lee was the Cadet Captain of the Reserve Officer Training Corps Battalion. Lee played basketball for Ogden High and was on the wrestling team. His true passion was football. Under the direction of Coach Cliff Snow, and with Lee as a tackle, the “Tigers” won many a game. Leland made many lifelong friends at Ogden High, including one very special one, Darhle Poulter. At the age of sixteen they began a seven year courtship that turned into a sixty-seven year marriage.
Lee has always had an admirable work ethic. He mowed lawns, sprayed for mosquitoes for Weber County and worked as a “pinboy” at a local bowling alley. During high school he worked daily at Payne’s Grocery Store. Mr. Payne wanted Lee to stay after graduation and take over the business. Being the only son in his family he also had many chores to perform at home.
Leland continued his education for one year at Weber State College, attending on a football scholarship. In 1952 he sought out, applied for and accepted an appointment to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. There were over 10,000 applicants with only 175 accepted. Leland graduated in 1956, top in his class academically, and as the Regimental Commander. This meant that he was 2nd in command to the Commandant. He received a B.S. in Marine Engineering.
Upon graduation he returned to Utah and married Darhle Poulter in the Salt Lake Temple. Lee and Darhle immediately moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he began his career as a Port Engineer for a large tugboat barge line. They operated a fleet on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from Pittsburgh at the North to New Orleans at the South. It was here that their daughter Lynda was born. Darhle and Lee returned to Ogden and welcomed three sons, Scott, Mark, and Bruce.
Lee began working on his M.B.A. in 1959 at the University of Utah and completed it upon moving back to Utah. His career took him to Thiokol then to the Great Salt Lake Mineral and Chemical Corporation. The family lived in Pleasant View during this time. Leland joined Mallory Engineering in Salt Lake City, eventually purchasing the company. He moved the family one last time to Bountiful, Utah. Lee started a successful manufacturing company, A.T.I., that is still running today under the direction of his three sons.
Leland has a great love for his family. They enjoyed many vacations, cruises, camping, and fishing trips. The family enjoyed spending time at the cabin, at Strawberry. When Lee and Darhle retired they traveled extensively with Alaska being one of their favorite destinations.
Leland was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He supported many missionaries and was a very generous man. His family has greatly benefited from Darhle and Lee’s hard work.
Leland is survived by his loving children, Lynda (David) Hoffmann, Scott (Cathy) Farber, Mark (Jodi) Farber, Bruce (Angela) Farber, twelve grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful, Utah.