- About Us
Dennis Arden Levie, husband, father, son, brother and friend, was born September 14th, 1950 in Salt Lake City, UT. He is the first of five children born to his parents Arden Eugene Levie and the late Margaret Ruth Mecham. At the age of 22 he married his wife, sweetheart and true love, Linda Joy Passey, for time and all eternity on December 27th, 1972 in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They are proud parents to nine children and have 35 (and a half!) grandchildren.
Dennis taught us the meaning of working hard and working well. He lived by the philosophy, “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” This was demonstrated in every aspect of his life.
Dennis’s professional life always involved working with his hands. In his younger days he worked in a furniture shop where he developed his skill and appreciation for woodworking. Later he founded Castle Construction Company and started building custom homes. He made his living running this company for the majority of his life, but his real dream was to become a full-time certified gunsmith. In 2012 he finally realized this dream and founded Levie Precision. His passion and quality was evident in his work and soon he had so many requests for gunsmithing that he had to turn some away. He was so excited and loved to talk about it. It was far and away his favorite job.
While guns were definitely Dennis’s favorite hobby, he had many other interests such as camping, backpacking, water skiing, writing, telling stories and watching movies. These interests were the setting of many cherished memories for our family.
Dennis had a great love for the outdoors. So it comes as no surprise that he was an avid participant in the Boy Scout program both as a scout and as a leader. In his youth he earned the Eagle Scout award and later was honored with the Wood Badge and Silver Beaver awards. His achievements also include devoted service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he impacted many lives. Most notably he served as a Bishop, Stake President, faithful home teacher and his favorite calling, Scoutmaster.
Dennis loved his family with all his heart. After their children moved away, he continued to work hard so he and Linda could stay involved in their children and grandchildren's lives despite living far away in Arizona. In October 2017 they were finally able to sell their home in Lake Havasu and move closer to their family in Utah.
Dennis can be described in many ways, home builder, gunsmith, scout, mentor, husband, father, but above all he was a disciple of Jesus Christ. He loved studying the doctrine of Christ in scripture. He loved his scriptures and used them so much that more than once the binding fell apart and he had to replace them. His powerful witness of the Savior will be remembered and cherished for many generations to come.
On the morning of January 9, 2019 Dennis was called home to his Heavenly Father after suffering a major heart attack. No doubt his beloved mother Margaret was there to take him in her loving arms and welcome him to the other side.
His death was sudden, unexpected and emotionally painful to all of us, but we take great comfort knowing that he didn’t have to suffer in death and died at a time in his life when he was “living the dream”. He was active with a thriving gunsmithing business and a great relationship with each of his children and grandchildren. He was surrounded by family and had just celebrated his 46th wedding anniversary with his darling wife. We will miss him immensely, but we are very glad that he was able to leave at such a happy time in his life.
“...there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.” Because of Jesus Christ, we will see Dennis again.
Dennis is survived by four siblings, Judy Goodsell, Pam Bennett, Greg Levie and Ken Levie. He is also survived by his wife Linda Passey and their nine children: Melanie Madsen (Jeff), Allen Levie (Martha), Jana Corless (David), Kimberly Andersen (Todd), Aaron Levie (Kiri), Christi Rogers (Clifton), Grant Levie, Scott Levie (KelsiJo), and Thomas Levie (Emily).
A funeral service will be held to honor and celebrate his life on January 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at 1780 N. 165 E., Orem, UT 84057. A public viewing will also be held beforehand from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Condolences may be expressed to the family on this page.