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Vivian Harris Leech

Born: 2/16/1966, Huntington, California
Death: 7/14/2017, Moab, Utah
Viewing: 07/21/2017, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Service: 07/22/2017, 11:00 am, Moab LDS Stake Center
Interment: 07/22/2017, 12:30 pm, Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery

My soul mate and loving wife passed into another world on July 14 2017 as a result of a tragic auto accident.

Vivian Harris Klocko was born February 16 1966 to John Klocko and Nancy Wells in Huntington Beach California. Vivian (her name sake derived from her great aunt, Vivian Vance of” I Love Lucy” fame) grew up with her two half-brothers Phillip and Ron Templin as the youngest of the three children. She worked at an early age in her family owned consumer electronics business while attending school in Camarillo California where she talked of having great fun with her friends the” rainbows” drinking coke-a- cola and cruising around ,she also took up surfing for a hobby . She graduated from high school there and worked in a locally owned drug store for a short time. Vivian chose to work in the retail sales, a business which she loved. Moving to Salt Lake City in 1986 she traveled by auto throughout the western United States selling candies for Russell Stover. It was that job that brought her to Moab Utah, where she was offered a job in 1991 by Mr. Jack Walker managing Walker Drug store. Walker drug was how most people in our community came to know and love Vivian; she enjoyed her work there immensely and quickly became the face of that local enterprise. She greeted customers with a smile and was always helpful and cheerful and seemed to have a special knack for engaging in conversation, no matter how busy she was at the time. Her duties there included travel to buying shows which she enjoyed for the chance to meet new people and nourish long held professional relationships. She will be badly missed there by coworkers and customers alike. Vivian also worked at various local restaurants in Moab where her gregarious and outgoing personality brought her fast friends from all over the world. She also loved to travel and would vacation around the world, shunning the usual, for the unusual every chance she had. Vivian was a trusting soul and would pick up a hitchhiker any day of the week. She gave everybody the benefit of the doubt and her instinct was to jump in with both feet. Of course she loved animals and at one time owned four horses that she was proud to ride every day. Dogs sensed her kind spirit and offered her playfulness and love. Her kind heart led her to foster several children in her home when the need arose and provided her some measure of maternal satisfaction which she cherished. Vivian, however, longed for a deep, meaningful relationship and that had eluded her throughout the years. In the fall of 2015 she asked a casual acquaintance if he would like to hike his dogs with hers. This lead quickly to a courtship and love. I Mr. Richard Leech asked for her hand in marriage after only four month of a wonderful and simple romance on Christmas morning 2015 (she was a hopeless Christmas time romantic). Married forevermore on May 28 2016 we began our life together in holy matrimony. Our life was full of love and happiness, never arguing or dissatisfied with each other , our thoughts and our actions always reflecting concern for the others desires and wishes. Both of us were surprised by the sudden depth of our love for each other. Both of us wondering if the end of the honeymoon period would ever come, it didn’t .

One could never find a more devoted, loving wife. She was all that I had hoped for, but given up as unattainable. She expressed these same feeling about me many times. Both of us had waited our whole lives for Mr./Mrs. right. Vivian was not a wallflower and she had true grit. One source of her strength was the LDS religion which she came to on her own volition at an early age. She carried these beliefs through to her adulthood, which provided her with comfort and support in life’s trials along with her many friends whom will miss her greatly. She is survived by her father and brothers her mother having passed in 2012. One of her favorite sayings was “Life will go on”. So it shall my Love, but much diminished for all. Goodbye sweetheart.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday July 22, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Moab LDS Stake Center. A viewing will be held at Spanish Valley Mortuary on Friday July 21.from 7 to 9 pm and 2 hours prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


I am one of those individuals who was helped by Vivian on many occasions while shopping at Walkers. However, the one moment in time that I will always remember is the time that I stopped in the store looking for a ceramic container to hold a 5 gallon jug of water. I was in the process of selling my home after my husband passed away and wanted to leave water on the counter for people stopping by to look at my home. The store no longer carried the containers, but Vivian bought one from her home that afternoon and gave it to me. I was in awe over her kindness. I am heartbroken to hear of this tragedy! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She was a special Moab lady and will always be remembered for her kind spirit.
- Marie Andrews

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They Live OnThey Live On

   Those we love remain with us
   For love itself lives on;

   Cherished memories never fade
   Because one loved is gone.

   Those we love can never be
   More than a thought apart;

   For as long as there’s a memory,
   They live on within our heart.

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