Lonnie Ray Whitehead passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at the age of 58 years old. Lonnie was born on February 16, 1962 to Shirley Larsen and Larry Whitehead in Culver City, California. His greatest happiness was found in times spent with his family. Family was everything to him, his house was always open to those he loved, his doors as open as his heart for his loved ones. He always said as long as there was space on his floor, there was room for family. He had the most generous, selfless soul. He loved his family more than anything and was such a giving man. The pure love he had for those he cared about was unmatched, epitomizing unconditional, fierce love. You always knew he had your back and that he would support those he loved through thick and thin, no matter what. Everyone that knew Lonnie knows he would’ve done anything for anyone. He was such a strong, hardworking man and a wonderful example to his children of dedication, perseverance, grit, the importance of family and love. Lonnie had the biggest heart, and even though he was ‘mr. tough guy’, those that were closest to him knew he was a big ole sensitive softy with a heart of gold. Especially when it came to his beloved dog Sammy, he couldn’t resist giving in to those puppy dog eyes and giving her all the treats she asked for. Lonnie was the funniest guy in the room, always telling the most hilarious, wild jokes for his kids. It was the highlight of every family dinner. His sharp wit and irreverent tone were matched only by the humongous, devilish grin he almost always wore, with a smile that always lit up his eyes. You couldn’t help but laugh and not take yourself too seriously whenever he was around. He approached life that way, with a spit fire spirit of fun and a wild heart. He liked to raise a little hell, and his energy was infectious. Lonnie loved football, and was an incredible player in his youth. He had so much fun watching the games with his family and kids. One of his children’s fondest memories are the countless afternoons spent playing catch and learning from their dad. He taught Bre how to throw a mean spiral, and was Nate’s number one fan at his football games. He absolutely loved camping, calling the great outdoors his church. Lonnie loved barbequing, riding his motorcycle, and tinkering in the garage while listening to country music at full blast. He shared a passion of music with his children. Boy did he love singing along to the radio as loud as he could, trying to make his kids laugh with his exaggerated croons and country rasp. He was such a huge personality, the kind of person you never forget and the one you want in your corner. He is so loved and cherished and appreciated. Thanks for everything daddy, you are always with us.
Lonnie is survived by his mother, Shirley Larsen; his children, Breahna Whitehead and Nathan Whitehead; his brother, Robert Whitehead; and his sister, Laurie Hellman.
He is preceded in death by his father, Larry Whitehead; and his brother, William Whitehead.
A graveside service will be held at Altonah, Utah on Friday, June 12th at 1:00 pm. Online condolences may be shared at www.AshleyValleyFuneralHome.com
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