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Leon Exly Covell Jr.


November 1, 2017

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Leon Exly Covell Jr.

Leon Exly Covell Jr., 73, passed away Oct. 23, 2017, at Sage View Care Center in Rock Springs. Covell was a resident of Rock Springs for the past five years and former resident of Big Piney.

He was born May 16, 1944, in Cutbank, Mont., the son of Leon Exly Covell Sr. and Opal Burnette Covell.  Covell attended schools in Big Piney and was a 1963 graduate of Big Piney High School. 

He was a rough neck for many years and a tire repairman for Petro at the time of his retirement.

His interests included hunting, fishing and boating.

Survivors include two sons, Leon Exly Covell III and wife Jessica of Big Piney and Christopher David Covell and wife April of Superior; one daughter, Lani Sorensen and husband Scott of Nunn, Colo .; two sisters, Beverly Sawyer and husband David of Thornton, Colo., and Betty Martin of Medford, Ore .; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Of those grandchildren, Leon was especially proud of his namesakes Leon Exly Covell IV and Leon Exly Covell V.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marilyn; one brother in law, Bill Martin; two nephews, Rodney Chapin and Corey Chapin. A memorial service took place Oct. 28. Condolences may be left at


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