Edward Ole Nevitt Sr., resident of Queen Creek since 1955, died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of November 17, 2019, just one day shy of his 90th birthday. He was a loving and devoted husband, friend, neighbor, father, grandfather, and great grandfather and leaves a posterity that will remember him as a caring and fun loving individual who never lost his common touch.
He was born on November 18, 1929 to John Mack Nevitt and Alfield Olsen Nevitt in Chandler, Arizona on his grandfather’s homestead,which sat at the North West corner of Arizona Avenue and Ray Rds.
Shortly after graduating from Chandler High School he met the love of his life Joyce Reber of Gilbert, Arizona. The two married and began raising cotton, grain, cattle and children on the farm 15 miles southeast of Queen Creek.
Ed was known for his quick smile and the callous on his hands. He worked closely to the soil and believed that a farmer should never be so big that he didn’t drive his own tractor. He had no tolerance for arrogance. He had an abiding respect for hard work, innovation and devotion to duty.
He served the community and his church, serving as the 5th Bishop of the original Queen Creek ward from the early to late 70’s. He served a mission with his wife to Germany in the early 90’s.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Reber Nevitt, and leaves behind an adoring legacy of seven children: Adrienne (Wayne) Call, Edward O Jr. (Brenda Blau), Wendy (Russ) Allen, Monte Alan (Julie Dana), Joanne Nevitt, Marylynn (Randy) Redd, and John Olsen (Lorna Walker). He also leaves behind 37 grandchildren and 55 great grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday morning, November 23rd 2019 at 39477 N. Kenworthy, San Tan Valley, at 10:00am, with a short viewing before from 9:00am to 9:40am. A viewing will also be held the night before between 6:00pm and 8:00pm in that same building.