Larry Ernest Reber

On Monday, October 7, 2019, our loving husband, father, and grandfather, Larry Ernest Reber, 62, passed away suddenly in Saint George, Utah in a tragic accident while driving his scooter.
Larry was born on September 18, 1957, in Seattle, Washington to Spencer and Josephine Reber. His childhood was spent in Bakersfield and Danville, California. In March 1977, he served a full-time, two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cleveland, Ohio. On November 24, 1979, he married his high school sweetheart, Bonita Kindred, for time and all eternity in the Oakland California Temple. He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Land Planning from Utah State University in Logan, Utah, in 1984. Together, Larry and Boni started their family in Antioch, California where they had three daughters, Tara, Danielle, and Carlee, and one son, Tyler. The family moved to Saint George, Utah, in 1994 where they continued to raise their children.

Larry was passionate about landscape design and architecture. He loved bringing his clients’ dreams to life whether for a small backyard or a large commercial project. He enjoyed creating spaces where people could enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Oftentimes, he generously provided his services at no cost. His most treasured experiences have been while raising his four children. He often took them to parks and playgrounds and on long hiking adventures. He frequently sang songs with his guitar and made up extravagant stories at bedtime. This has continued with his three grandsons. He was an avid runner and swimmer and remained active in an effort to combat the life-long chronic pains he felt due to a form of arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis. Throughout his life, he was an active member of his church and served in various callings. He frequently served in and attended the temple. He grew and maintained a strong testimony of the gospel, which he shared often. His primary purpose was to love, serve, and honor his wife, Boni, and was known for his infamous love letters. Over the years he has written hundreds of letters to his sweetheart freely expressing his love and devotion. He will be remembered for his kind, joyful, and optimistic demeanor. He was a humble, sensitive man with great integrity. He felt feelings deeply and wore his emotions on his sleeve. He only saw the good in people. He was quick to love, serve, and forgive and sought friendships with everyone he came across.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Spencer, and mother, Josephine. He is survived by his wife, Boni; his four children, Tara (Jared) Madsen, Tyler, Danielle, Carlee (Connor) Calaway; his brothers, Mike (Yvonne), Randy (Jillyn), Jeff (Susan), Chris (Julie); sister, Abby (Mike) Taylor; many nieces and nephews; and his grandsons, Cohen, Baylor, and Reeve Madsen.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 10 o’clock AM at Spilsbury Mortuary in Saint George, Utah. A public viewing will be held the prior evening on Friday, October 11, 2019, from 6-8 o’clock PM at the same location.

The family wishes to acknowledge the life-saving efforts administered by local police, fire, paramedics, and emergency room professionals.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, SaInt George, Utah, (435) 673-2454.

Friends and family are invited to sign Larry’s online guest book at



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Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


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Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S. Dixie Dr.
St. George, UT

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14 Responses

  1. Larry made a impact on everyone he came in contact with. He always made me feel so welcome with his smile and personality. Thoughts and prayers are with the family he cherished and loved.

  2. Larry loved his wife Boni and his entire family. Every woman friend of mine was so jealous of those love letters and poems. You could see his love for her when he looked at her. I’m so very grateful your family had the Hawaii and New York trips just recently. He will be missed by so many. Gone way too soon. I hope your collecting those water bottles Larry. My thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time. ❤️❤️

  3. Reber Family….I am so sorry for your loss!! Larry was one of a kind!! My heart and prayers are with you all.

  4. Our heartfelt love to Boni & the kids! We were so sorry to hear about Larry’s passing! You are all such a sweet family and I know that’s from Larry’s example and the acts of service given so freely! I remember when Sarah & Jake were first married and needed a place to stay and your home was generously offered. He will be dearly missed.We are so very grateful for the love our Savior has offered us and the knowledge we have of eternal families!

  5. To my dear friend Boni…I pray for the comfort or to be with you. For His arms to hold you. May all the Love that you shared with this special man be an example to us all…

    I love you and pray for your healing.

    Paulette Connell

  6. Larry, Pu Pu Chicken Friday’s are never going to be the same. Thanks for your example of hard work, sharing your testimony and your friendship! Going to miss you brotha.

  7. Boni, we are so saddened by this news. Larry was one of the first friends we became acquainted with when we moved to St. George. We remember when he brought Carly over to see our Christmas village. She was just a little girl then. We haven’t seen you much since you left our ward but we certainly haven’t forgotten you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keith and Sherrie Rawlinson

  8. I am so sad to have read online today about Larry’s passing. Larry worked with my husband and I last year on a remodel landscape yard design for our house in Virgin. Our front and back yard projects were completed just a couple months ago except for a couple small items that remain. I was looking forward to showing Larry the finished design. He drew great concepts for us to start with and I loved all his little touches like adding colorful cars to the driveway. Larry was a pleasure to work with and our design meetings were always pleasurable.
    To the family, I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a kind man.

  9. I served in the Ohio Cleveland Mission with Larry and what a pleasure it was to know him. Larry was a great gospel teacher,
    not only in word but in his pure spirit and example. Later in life as I had some personal and business interactions with him, I
    am happy to say that Larry was a true disciple of Christ and treated everyone he came in contact with, with love and respect.
    Larry will be missed by his family and friends.
    Brother John Valerie

  10. Larry was great…always happy and with a warm smile. We will miss this wonderful saint of a man who made us happy by his life.
    Rick and Judi Conner

  11. A missionary companion. I have not seen Larry since. I can still see the twinkle in his eye; his quick smile and hear his laugh. He was a friend to every missionary. A great man; he will be a welcome soul to the ‘angels’ where he now resides.

  12. Larry was my first District Leader in the Ohio-Cleveland Mission. Then I had the opportunity to work with him in the mission office. I don’t think there was a more kind and loving missionary in our Mission. I’m so glad I had the chance to see him again at our mission reunion this past year. He was great example to all he came in contact with!

  13. Larry’s sudden loss is so so sad. Larry’s entire life was one of devotion, integrity, kindness, optimism, creativity and love. It was such a privilege to attend the funeral and hear the talks and music and witness the love you all share. I hope and pray that memories and love will sustain you in future days. Love you Boni.

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