Karen L. Mason, 58, died Saturday February 27, 2010 at her home of natural causes. Karen was the daughter of Richard and Aris Boyle of Idaho Falls, both thriving. She leaves two brothers to the future, Gordon Boyle (with Roxanne and daughter Jessica), and Bruce Boyle (wife Joni, daughter Brook Havens and son Jess Boyle). Karen was fortunate to grow up in the best possible environment for a young child. She explored, played, enjoyed a neighborhood full of children of all ages to run and play, create games, play baseball with dads and moms, go camping, swim, ride horses, and ski from an early age. Extended family and adults helped mold a person who was adventurous, risk taking and cared about people. The early years really do make a difference in terms of what we are able to do as we negotiate the ups and downs of school and life. A cherished husband/partner, Mark Mason (son of Bud and Ruth Mason, brother, Mike Mason) and amazing son, Thomas (fiance, Christine); a generous family; and many gifted friends and colleagues are left to carry on. They are the inspiration and foundation for the accomplishments, great fun and adventures along the way that made life precious. Difficult times and loss also added to the fabric of who Karen became, perhaps helping to define the importance of collaboration, realtionship building and the value that families come first. So, join us in celebrating the great times, a life full of energy and passion and work unfinished.
Rodney Stephen Bateman, 45, a longtime resident of Idaho Falls, died May 6, 1997, at Island Park.
He was born July 10, 1951, in Idaho Falls to Charles Weldon and Lena Joan Wilson Bateman. Other than during his college years, he lived his entire life in Idaho Falls where he attended school and graduated from Skyline High School. He continued his education at the University of Idaho, graduating with a degree in marketing.
On August 11, 1973, he married Christie Lynn Keyes in Bellevue, Washington. They were divorced several years ago.
He was employed by V-1 Propane for the past 16 years, where he was the office manager. In the community he served in the Civitans and was also a deacon in the Presbyerian Church. His love of creating things with his hands was expressed in his woodworking. At his cabin in Island Park he enjoyed photography and Dutch-oven cooking. He played gold with his father and enjoyed music. He loved his two children intensely.
Survivors include his children, Amy Morgan Bateman and Ryan Scott Bateman, both of Idaho Falls; father and stepmothers, Charles and Jackie Bateman of Idaho Falls; and sister Nancy (husband Jimmy) Jones of Beckley, W. WA. He was preceded in death by his mother.
Robert was born September 16, 1951 and raised in Idaho Falls to Dorsal and LaFon Haack.
After graduating from Skyline High School, Robert served a mission in Guatemala, El Salvador and began attending Ricks College upon his return. There he met Julianne Bradshaw.
On September 7, 1973, Robert and Julie married and were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple one year later. During their marriage, Robert had many odd jobs before he decided to return to school to get his degree from the University of Wyoming. After graduation, he worked as a middle school history teacher for the next 20 years and eventually earned a master's in education.
During his life, Robert enjoyed camping, fishing, basketball, shooting guns, studying the scriptures, teaching and reading. He never missed a BYU football game and had a love for the Utah Jazz.
He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints till the time of his death and served faithfully as a gospel doctrine teacher, ward clerk and temple worker.
He is survived by his five children: Jason (Becca), Cassie, Nathan (Amy), Robert (Aubree) and Austin (Madison); 11 grandchildren and his three remaining sisters: Naoma (Owen) Peterson, Lynette (Delroy) Haws and JoAnn (Kent) Rupp.
LeeAnn Holm Shaw, 63, of Idaho Falls, passed away Saturday, January 31, 2015, at her parents' home in Roberts, Idaho of liver failure. She was under the care of her family and Encompass Home Health and Hospice.
LeeAnn was born July 28, 1951, in Roberts to DelRay Holm and Sherlie Drake Holm. She grew up and attended schools in Idaho Falls and graduated from Skyline High School. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
On December 7, 1991, she married Gordon Dennis Shaw in Roberts. LeeAnn worked as a child protection worker in the Adoptions and Foster Care Placement for the State of Idaho. She was very good at her job and worked there from 1981 until she retired in 2010.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She enjoyed photography and traveling, and espcially loved history and visiting historical sites.
LeeAnn is survied by her loving husband of 23 years, Denny Shaw of Idaho Falls; daughter Amanda Atamanczyk of Idaho Falls, parents, DelRay and Shirlie Holm of Roberts; brothers, Otto (Glenna) Holm of Roberts; Doug (Mary Jo) Holm of Roberts; Tom (Toni) Holm of Idaho Falls and Jim (Liz) Holm of Ammon; sister Jennifer (Byron) Wood of Roberts; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Dannie Clark and Eddie Diamond.
Robert Dale Kirkbride, 35, died September 28, 1984, at Shelley of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He was born September 2, 1949, at Idaho Falls, to S. Kenneth and Linda H. Hooker Kirkbride. He completed four years of high school at Idaho Falls and worked in the construction business.
He served two years in the service in Germany and was a member of the LDS Church.
Survivors include three sisters, Linda Darlene Monson, Roy, UT, Joan Painters, Idaho Falls, and Arvilla Finlayson, SLC, UT; and two brothers, Franklin E. Kirkbride, Idaho Falls, and Kenneth H. Kirkbride, Boise.
Kevin Fred Kvarfordt, 39, of Idaho Falls died August 23, 1990 at his home of carbon monoxide poisoning, an apparent suicide.
He was born April 27, 1951, in Idaho Falls to Fred Kvarfordt and Wanda Kvarfordt.
He grew up in Idaho Falls and attended schools there, and later Brigham Young University and the University of Idaho. He also attended John Peri Hairstying School in California. He owned and operated Fine Arts Hairstyling.
He married Suzanne Santucci in 1974 in California. They were later divorced. In 1980, he married N. Lanz in Las Vegas, Nev.
He enjoyed fishing and golfing. He was a member of the LDS Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Karina Marie Kvarfordt of Idaho Falls and Jennifer Kvarfordt of Visalia, CA; one son, John Vincent Kvarfodt of Idaho Falls, five brothers, Mitchell Kvarfordt, Brian Kvarfordt and Todd Kvarfodt, all of Idaho Falls, Tracy Kvardordt of Henderson, NV, and Matthew Kvarfordt of Boise; and one sister, Mrs. Mike (Leslie) Faeber of Idaho Falls.
Dennis Watson Lords, 39, of Idaho Falls, died September 17, 1990, in a car accident in Idaho Falls, an apparent suicide.
He was born December 3, 1950, at Idaho Falls to Rulond Perry and Elda Julia Watson Lords. He lived in Shelley for five years and in Idaho Falls the rest of his life. He attended York and Longfellow elementary schools, Care E Gale Junior High and graduated from Skyline High School in 1969. He attended Ricks College in Rexburg for two years.
On July 29, 1971 he married Terri Lin Casper in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He was a senior waste process operator for WINCO at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. He served in the 116th Engineer Battalion of the Idaho Army National Gaurd from 1970 to 1976.
Survivors include his children, Jeffrey Phillip Lords of Rexburg, Jessica Joy Lords, Joseph Kirk Lords, and Perry Rex Lords, all of Idaho Falls; a brother and sister, Gary Rulond Lords of Idaho Falls and Mrs. Boyd (Verla) Jolley of Firth; and his mother of Idaho Falls. He was preceded in death by a son, his father, a brother and a sister.
Timothy Allen Lukens, 32, 1900 West Quinn Road, died Tuesday at his home.
He was born May 19, 1951, at Williamsport, PA, to Jack Monroe and Emma LouCelia Vollman Lukens.
He graduated from Skyline High School in Idaho Falls and Idaho State University and was working on his master's degree in education. He worked for ISU Security and was a substitute teacher for School District 25.
In September 1980, he married Pam Woodward in Pocatello.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, collecting antique bottles, and playing city softball.
Survivors include his wife; his mother, E. LouCelia Albers, Pocatello; his father, Williamsport; a brother, Jack L. Lukens, Lockhaven, PA; three sisters, Nancy and Patty Lukens, Williamsport; and Christina Albers, Pocatello.
Scott Weslie Molen entered this life September 24, 1951, and exited peacefully March 29, 2015. Born to Weslie and Loise Goodsell Molen in Idaho Falls, ID, he attended Skyline High and later Brigham Young University. In 1975, Scott married Karen Webecke of Long Beach, CA, they later divorced in 1983. With his children he loved to camp, fish, BBQ, stargaze, swin, ride the waterslide at Heise Hot Springs and golf. He loved his pride and joy, Courtney and Marc. Scott was a good salesman and real estate agent. He had the gift of making friends throughout his life at school, Scouts, Collette's and wherever he went. He enjoyed long long conversations with Dad the last few years. Thanks to all those in Scott's AA groups in Idaho and especially in Phoenix, AZ where he lived his last seven years. A special thank you to Ronnie for years of incredible caring. Scott is survived by a daughter, Courtney (Jay) Banks, grandsons, Canyon and Tryston Cache Banks (Sandy, UT); son, Marc Molen (SLC, UT), sister, Robyn (Steven) Brocksome (Boise, ID), brothers, Mace (Pam) Molen (Taylor, UT) and Matt (Tami) Molen (Heber, UT). Preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Parker Banks.
Patricia Nelson, 62, passed away June 4, 2014, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
Patricia was born June 12, 1951, in Downers Grove, Illinois, to Ralph Estes Rice and Hallie Decker Martin Rice. She grew up and attended schools in Idaho Falls, where she graduated from Skyline High School. She attended colleges in Tucson, Arizona and Idaho before earning her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Alaska.
She met her future husband, Todd Nelson, while attending college in Tucson. In 1972, she and Todd were married at the Chapel of Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park. They honeymooned in Central America befre eventually moving to Kenai, Alaska. To this union was born one son, Daniel Todd Nelson. She and Todd divorced after 10 years of marriage.
Patricia worked as a Microbiologist for British Petroleum in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska for many years. After an early retirement from British Petroleum, she pursed varied interests, becoming a certified Massage Therapis and studying holistic healing techinques in many forms. She was generous and spiritual; seeking to help, heal, and bring happiness to all those she cared for. After returning to live in Idaho Falls, she worked at Freemed, a non-profit that assists persons in need to obtain medication and medical benefits. See www.freemedrx.com for more information.
She was a great lover of the outdoors world and natural world. Her favorite places on earth were the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. She took great pleasure in watching the birds, wildlife, flora and fauna of the west. At home she tended her garden and fed birds and squirrels in her neighborhood.
Patricia is survived by her son, Daniel, and daughter-in-law, Ana Maria Nelson, who live in Denver, Colorado. She has three grandchildren whom she loved dearly; Gabriel Todd Nelson, Nicholas Todd Nelson, and Aubrey Estes Nelson. As well as, her sister, Karen Rice of Idaho Falls, brother-in-law, Jeff Gardetoo, and niece, Jamie Aslett. She also leaves behind many cousins, extended family members, and close friends who loved her very much. She was preceded in death by her parents.
James Brian Pickett was born to Glenn Arvil Pickett and Marguerite Ann Nelson on September 20, 1951. He was raised and went to school in Idaho Falls. Jim was never married. At the time of his death he was a painting contractor. He died as a result of a car accident.
Kathy Bingham Rees Wood, 59, died Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, from an extended illness. Kathy was born March 23, 1951, in Coalville, Utah, to Dr. Leonard John Bingham and Helen Williams Bingham, the youngest of 5 children. She moved with her family from Kamas, Utah, to Idaho in 1954. She was educated in the Idaho Falls school system, graduating from Skyline High School in 1969, where she was a class historian and member of the Teddy Bear drill team. She attended the Church College of Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii, and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Kathy married James Milton Rees in the Idaho Falls L.D.S. Temple, June, 1971. They were later divorced. She married Carter Wood, December, 2007. Kathy's artistic talent was manifested in the beautiful floral arrangements she created. Family and friends alike benefited from this talent. She was a loving, giving person who will be sorely missed. She is survived by her husband, Carter; daughter, Mindy Sudweeks; mother, Helen Bingham; brother, Jeff Bingham and sister, Susan (Trent) Whittle; 3 grandchildren, Michaela, McKennan, and Mitchel and 6 nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, L. John Bingham and brothers, John and David. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 18, 2011, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First Street, Idaho Falls, Idaho, at 11:00 a.m.. A visitation for family and friends will be one hour prior to services. Burial will be at Fielding Memorial Park.
Rick D. Scott of Clarkston passed away Aug. 20, 2013, at Tri-State Memorial Hospital due to complications of diabetes. He was 62. Rick was born and raised in Idaho Falls.
Rick is survived by his wife, Lynn, at the family home; daughters Jessica (Jeff) Slay of Seattle and Jennifer (Eddie) Brown of Granite Falls, Wash.; one grandson, Kasche Brown of Granite Falls; and his parents, Don and Fern Scott of Idaho Falls.
His sister Jackie preceded him in death, as did his most faithful and loyal friend, Gus.
Rick was an avid outdoorsman with an appreciation for fishing, camping and hunting. He was a talented artist and a world-renowned taxidermist, mounting the world record king salmon in 1985. The record for that fish has never been broken.
Those of us who knew Rick will miss his wit and friendly manner.
Vicki Lee Stracener, 53, passed away August 7, 2004, at her home in Blue Springs, MO, after a courageous fight with breast cancer. She was born on November 22, 1950, in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Jack Richard Hoffman and Lois Herd Hoffman. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Jessus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was very committed to her beliefs. She graduated from Skyline High School in Idaho Falls. She attended Brigham Young University, Provo, UT for three years. She married Doyce Lee Stracener in the Idaho Falls temple on August 2, 1972. The couple lived in Charleston, SC, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and settled in the Blue Springs, MO, area, where they raised their family. Vicki belonged to City Theater of Independence and had roles in many productions. After her children were grown, she continued her education and graduated from Central Missouri State University with a degree in Education. She has taught Communication at the Freshman Center and Blue Springs South High School for the last several years. Survivors include her husband, Doyce Lee and Scott and Jessica Stracener, Jamie Stracener and Matt O'Rouke; grandchildren, Tanner, Layne, Garret, Leigh, Brennan, Ashlyn, Hanna, Aidan and Conner; her mother and stepfather Lois and Gerald Mack, Boise, ID; two brothers, Kevin and Jennifer Hoffman, Idaho Falls, ID, Gary and Lynda Hoffman, Rigby, ID. Preceding her in death is her father, Jack Richard Hoffman, and her sister Debra Lynn Tibbets.
Norman Scott Tripp, age 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tripp, Park Road, Idaho Falls, was killed in an automobile accident Saturday afternoon near Hailey. He was enroute to the Cathedral Baptist Church Camp above Ketchum. The one-car accident occurred eight miles east of Carey on Hiway 93A. Police said it was a one-car rollover.
He was born April 28, 1951 at Pasadena, CA the son of Robert and Dorothy J. Twiggs Tripp. The family lived at Pasadena for 4 years, then 11 years at Sacramento, CA coming to Idaho Falls in August of 1966.
Young Tripp graduated from Skyline High School this year and had been active in football and wrestling and was the co-captain of the wrestling team. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and in 1968 was the president of the East Association of the Baptist Young People. He had worked one summber at the Sacred Heart Hospital and was employed at the time of his death by the Forest Service.
He is survived by his parents and three brothers and two sisters: Robert Edward Tripp of Portland, OR; Michael J. Tripp, a student at Santa Cruz, CA; Susan G. Tripp of Idaho Falls; Beverly Kay Tripp of Idaho Falls; and by his grandmother; Mrs. Mildred Tripp of Los Angeles, CA.
Darwin Kenneth Vest was a biologist who studied poisonous plants as well as venomous spiders and snakes. Known as "Dar" to friends and family he is known for the discovery and study of the hobo spider. According to friends and colleagues Dar was known to be passionate about his work with hobo spiders.
Darwin Kenneth Vest went missing July 3, 1999 after a night out with friends. A Memorial Service was held at Freeman Park, Idaho Falls, ID on Saturday June 3, 2000. David Vest officiated.
Pamela Jo "P.J." Wight, 38, of Idaho Falls died at her home January 27, 1990, apparently of natural causes. An autopsy will be performed.
She was born July 10, 1951, in Ashton to Gary B. and Donna Davis Rumsey. The family moved to Idaho Falls when she was 5. She attended schools in the Idaho Falls area and graduated from Skyline High School in 1969.
She married George Wight June 7, 1969, in Idaho Falls. On November 17, 1981, their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
She had been a bookkeeper for Bombardier for several years, Monte Wight Motors for five years, and Pincrest Power Sports for three years. She worked in sales for Upper Valley Phone Book. She had been a ski instructor at Kelly Canyon for the past three years.
She was a member of the LDS Church. She enjoyed, skiing, golfing and all outdoor sports.
Survivors include her husband of Idaho Falls, six children, Jennifer, Morgan, Lauren, Raegan, Sasha and Joshua, all of Idaho Falls; her mother, Donna "D.J." Rumsey Green of Idaho Falls; one siter, Mrs. David (Kymme) Johnson of Idaho Falls; and one brother, Todd Rumsey of Idaho Falls. She was preceded in death by her father.
Nolan Brian Young, 43, beloved and devoted husband, father, brother and friend died instantly from injuries sustained in an autombile accident July 7, 1995.
Brain was born August 29, 1951, in Idaho Falls, the eldest son of Nolan and Lois Young, He grew up in Idaho Falls, graduating from Skyline Hight in 1969. He then served a two year LDS mission in the California Spanish Mission. He married Apaula Sulimoni Molifua (Suli) in 1973 in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. They have eight beautiful children. He joined the Army in 1972 and served 21 years before retiring as a Major. During his distinguished military career, he was awarded numerous citations and medals including the Meritoriuos Serive Medal, the Army's highest peace time honor. He served twice as Company commander in Wurzburg, Germany and Fort Irwin, California. His last assignment was working in the satellite and space technology at the Pentago in Washington, D.C. While in the Army, he earned a bachelor's degree in Russian from BYU and a master's degree in Physis from the University of Maryland. In 1993, he left the military and was employed by the Loral (Unisys) Company in Salt Lake City, where he continued to work in space technology.
He was an active member of the LDS Church, and was ordained a High Priest. He served in many postions including the bishopric in two wards, Deacon's Quorum advisor, Young Men's president and Scout leader. He was a reverent man and lived the teachings of Jesus Christ with a strong testimony.
Brian loved music and shared his gift of song with his family. He spent many hours with his guitar singing with his family and friends. He was an intelligent, gentle, compassionate man, always ready to enbrace a friend and lend a helping hand. Ever optimistic, Brian could always find a silver lining in any situation.
Brian loved adventure. He traveled the world over with his family, making friends everywhere. He had gift for reating laughter and fun. Among his many talents, he was fluent in several foreign languagaes, including Spainsh, Russian and German.
First and foremost in his life was his family. His wife and children were his focus. His unconditional love, wisdom and leadership have given his children a lifelong gift of virtues and values that will endure for generations to come.
Brian is survied by his wife, Suli; his children, Shiloah and Clint Gilmore, Taaga James (T.J.), Maoputasi (Tasi), Lois, Gene, Anya, Jared and Kayla; his mother Lois, his brothers, Dallan and Jim, his sisters, Deri, Teresa Hancock, Donna, and Susie Fuller, numerous aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Nolan G. Young.