Ladd was born on January 21, 1933 in Los Angeles, California to Lawrence Dean Petty and Catherine Armstrong. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family, January 20, 2022; a day before his 89th birthday. He grew up in Woodland Hills and Canoga Park, California. His parents were members of the Beverly Hills ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When he was 6 years old, his sister Bonnidean was born. When he was 8 years old, his brother, Preston Lynn, was born. He was very athletic and very focused. He was a champion gymnast in his teens. He started when he was 6 years old to help overcome the asthma he was born with. He graduated from Canoga Park High and briefly attended UCLA to play soccer. He attended the Air Force Academy and from there he entered the United States Air Force. He chose to fly Military Air Transport (MATS). He graduated from the Academy #1 in his class for flying. He had 3 children from a previous marriage; a son, Ladd, Jr. who died in infancy, Scott Frederick (Melissa) and Elizabeth Lee (Scott). He later married Barbara Jane Putz on March 30, 1968. Together they raised 5 children: Ralph Putz, Douglas McKnight (Teresa), Jennifer (Vernon), Victoria (Nathan), and Catherine (Peter). He had a distinguished career as an airline pilot, flying for Northwest, Western and retiring from Delta Airlines. After he retired, he ran a travel agency in Lake Arrowhead, California. He followed the Senior PGA tour for a few years and loved golf and played until the end of his life.
He was very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He held many teaching and leadership positions. Together, he and Barbara were on-site specialists for the Open House at the Temple of Mount Timpanogos. They also served a temple mission to Orlando, Florida. He served as a temple worker in four temples for 19 years. He was an eagle scout and loved being a scout, seminary teacher, and elementary school teacher.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; 7 children, 21 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren & 2 on the way. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bonnidean; brother, Preston (who had passed just 5 days earlier); and son. The family would like to thank Canyons Hospice for their loving care and service over the past year.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 5:00 PM at Willow Creek 4th Ward Chapel, 2350 East Creek Road (south side), Sandy, UT. There will be a viewing at 4 p.m. prior to the service. The full military funeral will take place next week at Utah Veterans Memorial Park Camp Williams. Condolences can be expressed at www.bergmortuary.com.
Published by Berg Mortuary of Provo on January 22, 2022.