OGDEN -- Thomas T. Leavitt had a love for sports that did not fade with time.
The 88-year-old Ogden native, who passed away July 15, could be found skiing, golfing or playing tennis, even into the final years of his life, said Mike Leavitt, Thomas' youngest of three sons.
But no sport played as integral a part to Thomas' life as baseball, Mike said.
"He loved it (baseball)," he said. "That was his life, even up until I was a child."
Thomas was a pitcher for the Ogden High School baseball team in his youth. After high school, the young athlete participated in spring training with the Cincinnati Reds professional baseball team but was drafted to World War II before ever playing with the team.
Upon returning home from the war -- where he earned such medals as the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star -- Thomas once again took to the diamond, pitching for a local semi-professional team for three years and, later, playing in nine fast-pitch softball world tournaments.
"Baseball played a major role for many, many years of his life," Mike said.
When he was not playing baseball, the Weber State University graduate was a devoted father, Mike said, often taking his young children skiing, golfing and hunting.
"We were a really tight family," Mike said.
Thomas, after graduating from the California College of Mortuary Science, established Leavitt's Mortuary and Aultorest Memorial Park in Ogden in 1947. Through his business and a variety of other outlets, Mike said he remained active in his community.
"Anything that happened -- with the chambers or in the city council -- he was always there," he said.
Mike said his father had a way about him that wore off on those around him. He described his father's animated character saying: "If he wasn't telling a joke, he was singing."