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Brian Leroy Harward

June 24, 1960 — February 20, 2024

Sparks, NV

Brian Leroy Harward

Brian Leroy Harward, 63, of Sparks, Nevada, returned to his heavenly home on February 20, 2024, after
battling a prolonged illness.

Brian was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 24, 1960, to Deloy and Mary Jane Harward. Brian
attended primary education in Utah. In lieu of high school graduation, Brian attended night school to
earn his GED and later attended Steven Henniger College for Drafting, both accomplishments he would
proudly recount to those who knew him well.

He enjoyed a brief career as a general contractor and later continued his career in the hospitality
industry, primarily as a table games dealer in Wendover, Nevada. Brian loved the outdoors and all it had
to offer. He was an accomplished golfer and was proud of a hole in one at the Toana Vista golf course.
He would often tell others of how a winning game of golf provided him with his premium shift at the
casino. In addition to golf, Brian enjoyed camping, fishing, travel, and was an amazing cook.

Brian experienced many internal struggles of his own throughout adulthood and rarely displayed or
discussed these struggles with others. Brian always looked past his own difficulties and instead shared
his unforgettable laugh and sense of humor (that rivaled most comedic professionals), his
compassionate and gentle nature, and his extremely kind heart on an everyday basis. Brian made the
world a little bit better through his actions and kindness. He demonstrated this through offering his time
and expertise of construction on multiple home improvement projects, teaching even the unruliest of
students how to perfect their golf game, helped many friends with a place to stay when they were down
on their luck, and attentively listened when friends and family members needed someone to talk to
when they faced difficult times. Whether family, friend, foe or acquaintance, his kindness knew no
boundaries and was completely unconditional.

Brian cherished fond memories and kept letters, photos, greeting cards, trinkets, ticket stubs, golf tees,
and anything that reminded him of those memories, as they brought him happiness. Brian truly loved his
family and friends fiercely, and even in his final days, was more concerned with those he would leave
behind than his own health.

Over the last year and a half Brian continued to befriend others including local missionaries and
members of his home ward. While he liked to quiz the missionaries that came to his home, he found
comfort in their visits and would always greet them with a smile and offer them dinner, water, and ice

Brian definitely left behind a light that can never be extinguished. He will be dearly missed and forever in
our hearts.

We are so grateful to the Reno/Sparks missionaries and members of the Highland Ranch ward that spent
time visiting Brian, offered prayers and blessings, and have offered their unconditional support during
this difficult time. We are also grateful to the caring and compassionate staff at Renown Regional
Hospital and Hospice that provided care and comfort to Brian through the last days of his illness.

Brian is survived by his brothers and sisters: DeeMar (Sherri) Harward, Larry (Debbie) Harward, Shauna
(Al) Bork, Jeffrey Harward, Kyle (Diane) Harward , Kevin Harward, ZoAnn Finney. Brian is also survived by his children,
Steve Harward, Julie Larsen, and Lacy Whitehorn and his two bonus children, Amber Lynn Christensen
and Caleb Leroy Wall.

Brian’s ashes will be interred at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City,
Utah on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at 11:00am MST for all family and friends who would like to attend.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Brian Leroy Harward, please visit our flower store.

Past Services


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home

4335 W 4100 S, West Valley City, UT 84120

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