Arnold Cloyd Talbot, age 78, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Arnold was born April 17, 1942 in Delta, Utah to Cloyd Alden and Sara ‘Emma’ Twitchell Talbot. He was the youngest of their 3 children and grew up on the family farm in Oak City, enjoying every aspect of rural life. On the farm, he was in charge of driving the equipment and took pride in his duties. He could tell stories for hours about the “way life used to be.” He graduated from Delta High School in 1960. After high school, he served in the Central States mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which was the same mission that his father and brother served in.
Arnold attended Snow College, and then chose to attend Weber State University to be closer to his sweetheart, Leslie, whom he met by fate one day while riding his horse in Oak City. He graduated from Weber with a degree in elementary education. He later received his Masters degree from BYU. He married Leslie on December 17, 1964 in the Salt Lake Temple and from that moment on, they were inseparable. Even after her passing on June 9, 2020 he couldn’t stand being without the love of his life and followed her to heaven just 7 short weeks later.
Arnold began his teaching career as an elementary school teacher for a few years before transferring to Union Middle School, where he finished out his 32-year career teaching math to middle schoolers. Numerous children have passed through his classroom and been influenced for good. There were countless times the family would be at a store somewhere and be recognized by one of his students. After dad retired, they moved back to the family home in Oak City where they would both stay until their deaths. Oak City always held a special place in their hearts, and we are glad they were able to finish out their lives there.
Arnold is preceded in death by his wife: Leslie; his son: Terry; his parents and his siblings: Richard and LuOna. He is survived by his children: Travis (Brooke) Talbot, Toni (Eric) Allred, Tyler (Lindsay) Talbot and Tina (Eric) Anderson; and 15 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 8, at 2:00 pm, at the Oak City LDS Chapel, 35 East Center Street. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. A Viewing will be held prior to the funeral, 12:30-1:40 pm. Interment will follow at the Oak City Cemetery.