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Michael Leavitt

Michael John "Mike" Leavitt

June 12, 1949 - February 3, 2021
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Obituary

Michael John Leavitt, age 71, of Chelmsford, passed away unexpectedly on February 3, 2021.

Michael was born in Lewiston, Maine, on June 12, 1949, the first son of Beverly and Jack Leavitt of Auburn, Maine. The family moved to Farmington in 1954, where Jack became the manager of an auto parts store and they reconnected with the Farmers, friends from their Lewiston years.

Michael was active in sports even as a young child, and in high school he excelled in basketball, baseball and football. One of the highlights of his high school career was scoring 4 touchdowns against a neighboring town - in the same game. He was inducted into the varsity club in 1967.

In 1968, Michael enlisted in the United States Air Force, and spent 18 months in Vietnam at Phan Rang air base. When he returned to the states, he was stationed at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York.

After his discharge in 1972, he earned an associate degree in electronics from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute.

In 1974, he married Terri Lynne Farmer at the Voter Hill Farm in Farmington, and in 1977 began working for Champion Spark Plugs/Cooper Automotive/Federal-Mogul Motorparts. He was promoted to territory manager for Massachusetts in 1983 and the couple moved to Chelmsford. Another transfer followed in 1988 to Bowie, Maryland, where daughter Renatta Beverley was born in Annapolis.

The family then moved to Batavia, Illinois in 1991 where Mike continued to work for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. He received many awards and recognitions, and in 1993 they found themselves back in Chelmsford, closer to Maine family and many friends.

After 35 years, Mike retired from Federal-Mogul and began working part-time at O’Reilly Auto Parts in Billerica.

Mike was an avid golfer and loved family gatherings, especially at Bear Pond. He and his brothers enjoyed hunting in the fall whenever possible.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Terri, his daughter Renatta, his son-in-law Rob and grandson RJ. He is also survived by his brother David and his wife, Paula, brother Andy and his wife, Sheila, many nieces and nephews and dozens of cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that an optional donation to a favorite charity be made in his memory.

Due to gathering limitations, Funeral Services will be held privately.
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Peter Kirman

Posted at 02:29pm
With deepest sympathy, Peter and Robyn Kirkman

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Beth & Tim Mathews

Posted at 07:47am
Words cant describe how sorry we are for your loss! Mike would always stop and say good morning to me on my morning walks.Our thoughts are with you.

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John & Sue Tuttle & Evelyn

Posted at 04:57pm
With heartfelt condolences, Terri, for you and your family . You are in our thought and prayers. All our love , Aunt Evelyn and John & Sue Tuttle
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Bill Williams

Posted at 12:18pm
I have so many fond memories of working with Mike for over 35 years. He was a friend as well as a co-worker. His humor and quick wit was legendary. He will be missed. We are so sorry for your loss.
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Nancy Gilman

Posted at 06:20am
So very sorry for your loss Terri and family. Many memories of both of you. Mike was in my class in high school and you my second cousin and the memories at the bowling alley. In my thoughts and prayers
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