Terry passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Nov. 2, 2021, after a long battle with the genetic lung disease Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and five months in hospice care.
Terry was born on July 30, 1951, as the second son of Harry Richard Cleaveland and Ida June “Granny” Sly Cleaveland. Although born in Colorado, he moved to Moab about 1954 and stayed until he graduated from Grand County High in 1969, entering the U.S. Army soon after. Terry was a jack of all trades, but his favorite occupations were as an artist, a pastor and, most especially, as a father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Terry met his future wife, Teri Morris, on an airplane as he was heading back to Vietnam on Memorial Day weekend 1970. They were married on Jan. 30, 1971, and went on to have two girls, Tami and Tori, and later adopted their son Troy in 1980.
Terry loved learning! He went to college at Weber State University in Ogden and earned his criminal justice degree in 1990. He later went on to get a degree from Liberty University and several degrees including some doctorates from Salt Lake Baptist Bible College. He loved teaching almost as much as he did learning, whether it was teaching roller skating, rock climbing, archery, shooting, bowling, country line dance, or the Bible, he loved it all! He was also a published author.
Terry was predeceased by his parents, Harry and June; his brother, David; his sister, Rhea; and his son, Troy. Surviving members of his family include his wife, Teri; daughters, Tami (John) Maw and Tori (Kevin) Bozarth; grandchildren Cody (Kassidy) Maw, Dustin (Amy) Maw, Brennen Brown, Jenna Brown and Caden Brown; his great-grandchildren, McKinnley and Tucker; sister, Tracey (Robert) Holtz; and his two brothers, HR (Karen) Cleaveland and Danny Cleaveland.
Terry will be greatly missed by his family and friends as well as the many people all over the world that received and read his devotionals online for over 23+ years. The quality of those friends was proven to the family during the time he spent in Hospice as many traveled great distances and at great expense to see him before he passed.
The family would like to express their extreme gratitude for the outstanding care given by the staff of Encompass Hospice, most especially Travis and Karina.
A memorial service is planned for Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. at Lighthouse Baptist Church (1212 1st Ave. S, Payette, Idaho). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alpha-1 Foundation Research Program (alpha1.org/how-to-help/help-raise-funds/donate) in honor of Terry Lee Cleaveland.