1/20/1933 ~ 5/7/2021
Chan L Maxfield
Jan 20, 1933 – May 7, 2021
Our kind, hard-working, humorous, and loving husband, father, and grandfather, Chan Maxfield, died peacefully of aging on May 7, 2021. He was 88.
Chan was born in a log cabin on January 20, 1933 to LaVera Larsen Maxfield and Carlos Dewey Maxfield. Growing up in post-depression rural Emery County, Chan learned to work hard and be frugal. He also developed tenacious optimism and the ability to find humor, even in the face of adversity.
Upon graduating from high school, Chan moved to Salt Lake City. He was then drafted into the army and served during peaceful times in Pennsylvania. Thereafter, Chan served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern California. He was devoted to his faith and built lifelong friendships with those he served.
Chan married Naomi Lee Timothy on November 9, 1956. Together they raised three boys: Larry Chan (Cory), Martin Edward (Janis), Jason Robert (Kristen).
To support his family, Chan worked for Unisys (Sperry Rand) for 30 years. Simultaneously, he invested in real estate and worked tirelessly, remodeling and managing rental properties. In 1984, Chan co-founded Access Development. Upon his retirement from Unisys, he enjoyed a second career at Access—and a third as co-founder of the Indian Ridge Lodge in Indianola, Utah, where he recently re-retired.
Chan loved working hard. He truly believed, “a man can never have too many tools.” He had a huge collection of tools and he knew how to use them. Indeed, his love for tools extended to heavy equipment including a road grader, bulldozer, track hoe, skid-steer loaders, dump trucks and much more.
Chan wanted all his posterity to learn how to be self-sufficient. He enjoyed teaching his kids and grandkids framing, wiring, plumbing, carpentry, auto repair, and real estate entrepreneurship.
Chan enjoyed dirt biking, jeeping, sailing, hunting, and being outdoors with family. He especially enjoyed family reunions at Starvation Reservoir and loved family off-road outings to Moab and the Rubicon.
Chan was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi, son, Marty, and daughter-in-law Janis. He is survived by two children, eleven grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
As a family, we wish to thank Jason, Kristen, Kaidin, and Kienan for their compassionate, loving care of Chan during his recent convalescence. They provided a safe and healthy home for Chan and supported his wishes during his end-of-life departure. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local foodbank to assist families in need.
Chan’s funeral will be held graveside at the Fairview City Cemetery on Thursday May 13, 2021 at 11:00am. The service will also be broadcast live via Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/4111228372267717