Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was,
Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.
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.
Jennie Rae Betts, 59, passed away on March 19, 2010. A memorial service for Jennie is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1610 E. Sixth Ave., Helena. Burial will commence after the service at Forestvale Cemetery, 490 Forestvale Road, Helena, followed by a reception back at the LDS Church.
Irma Cornwall passed away April 11, 2018 with her loving family around her. Irma was born on November 29, 1950 to Manuel and Zola Irma Denning in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was one of 14 children. She was raised and went to school in Idaho Falls. On January 17, 1969 Irma married Howard Cornwall, the love of her life. Howard and Irma were sealed for all time and eternity on December 18, 1976 in the Idaho Falls Temple. They had 4 beautiful boys.
Irma was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and held various callings in her lifetime. She loved doing anything with her family whether it being camping, fishing, or boating. She didn't really care as long as her family was around her. She hosted many BBQ's where everyone was welcome. Her favorite time of year was Christmas. She loved to celebrate the birth of her Savior with a big celebration. She loved to bake candies and cookies weeks before Christmas and invited everyone over on Christmas Eve to celebrate with her.
Irma is survived by her husband Howard Cornwall and 3 of her sons, Kevin (JaNae) Cornwall, Brian (Deanna) Cornwall and Bill (Misty) Cornwall; 10 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren with 1 on the way. She is also survived by her sisters Gwen, Gail, Lois and Carole; and her brothers Dean, Dennis and Phillip.
She is preceded in death by her parents Manuel and Zola Denning; her sisters Janice and Juel; her brothers Duane, Dell and Deloss; and her son Bradley Scott Cornwall.
Our family would like to thank everyone that has helped us in our time of need. We are using your strength to get through this. We would also like to thank the 53rd Ward and 29th Ward Relief Society's for taking care of us and all who have brought us food. We would also like to thank Dr. Fransisco and his staff for taking such good care of Irma.
Dennis Ray Dixon, 48, a Meridian, Idaho, resident, died Jan. 14 in an automobile accident on U.S. Highway 95 near Riggins, Idaho.
He was born Jan. 24, 1951, to Dean and Bonnie Dixon at Idaho Falls, Idaho. He graduated in 1969 from Skyline High School in Idaho Falls.
He graduated from the University of Idaho and earned a master's degree at Washington State University. He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from WSU in 1981.
He married Christine Anne Feeney in August 1971 at Lewiston, Idaho. After he completed veterinary school, they moved to Meridian, where he began his veterinary practice. He later purchased the Meridian Valley Veterinary Clinic.
He served as a board member of the State Board of Veterinary Examiners and was a member of the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Ashley Anne and Anne Mackenzie, at the family home in Meridian; his parents of Idaho Falls; one sister, Karen Hoskins of Idaho Falls; and three brothers, Bob Dixon of Hillsborough, Calif., and Ryan and Jim Dixon of Idaho Falls.
The funeral was held Jan. 19 at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in Meridian.
Virginia Faye Garcia, 67, of Idaho Falls, passed away July 13, 2018, at home in Idaho Falls . She was under the care of Hands of Hope Hospice.
Virginia was born November 9, 1950, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Abner Wylie Snarr and Virginia Kathryn Croft Snarr. She grew up in Osgood and attended New Sweden school and Skyline High School. She married Steven W. Anderson. To this union they had six children and then later divorced. She married LeRoy W. Garcia on October 23, 1986, in Nampa, Idaho, but they later divorced.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved her kids and grandkids. She loved being outside, going for drives and camping. She enjoyed being with her grandkids, coloring, putting her mark on various projects, and was always the life of the party. She always had something to say.
Virginia is survived by her daughter, Kris (Mike) Blang of Idaho Falls, ID; daughter, Kari Anderson of Idaho Falls, ID; son, Scott (Aimee) Anderson of Draper, UT; son, Aaron (Marcie) Anderson of Ammon, ID; daughter, Amy Robison of Idaho Falls, ID; son, Nathan (Courtney) Anderson of Ammon, ID; brother, David R. Snarr of Independence, OR; sister, Kathryn S. (Don) Fontes of Ammon, ID; brother, Paul J. (Shelly) Snarr of Idaho Falls, ID;
20 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, plus two more on the way.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wylie and Virginia Snarr; brothers, Richard H. Snarr, Robert B. Snarr, Steven W. Snarr and Joseph L. Snarr; sister-in-law, Carol L. Snarr; grandson, Taylor W. Anderson; and granddaughter, Shelby R. Anderson.
John S. Gardner, 58, of Mackay, Idaho, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2009, at his cabin in Island Park from cardiac arrest.
He was born July 16, 1951, in Boise, Idaho. He is the son of Jack and LaVaun Gardner. He grew up in Idaho Falls
and graduated from Skyline High School in 1969. He earned degrees from Ricks College, Brigham Young University and Idaho State University.
In 1974, he married Margaret Norton. They had two children and were married for 27 years. They divorced in 2001.
John met Karen Hames of Mackay, Idaho, in 2004. They shared several wonderful years together up until his passing and were engaged to be married. Karen's family loved John very much.
John worked in various occupations throughout his life. He sold automobiles and real estate. He was a manager at the Super 8 Motel. He taught business and computers at Cambridge, Shelley and Bonneville high schools. After earning a degree in computer information systems, he worked in various computer related jobs. He also worked as a substitute teacher.
John was an avid sports fan and loved football, basketball, volleyball and baseball. He served as a coach in several different sports, and he worked as a baseball umpire. He especially enjoyed coaching his son's ball teams through the years. John had many talents and abilities. He had a beautiful singing voice, played the guitar, did woodworking and built models. He was also an avid reader.
John served an LDS mission in the Kansas-Missouri Mission and served in various callings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, such as athletic director and membership clerk. John especially loved spending time at his cabin with his family and friends. Fun times were spent snowmobiling, water and jet skiing, four-wheeling and playing games.
John was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jeannie Ray. He is survived by his children, Melanie (Shane) Bennett and Tim (Ebony) Gardner; his birth mother, Lorna (Wendell) Terry; his half-brothers and sisters, Dale Terry, Craig Terry, Robyn Wulle, Sandy Pett and Lori Burton; and his grandchildren, Rylee, Avery and Braxton Bennett and Jaden Gardner and Lukus Call.
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.
everly Jane Hawkins-Jones, 58, of Lodi, CA, passed away December 28, 2009 at Lodi Memorial Hospital. She was born April 15, 1951, in Idaho Falls, ID, to William Boyd Horne and Rayola Rae Horne. She was the second child of a family of three. She grew up and attended schools in Idaho Falls, ID graduating from Skyline High School. Beverly married David J. Hawkins of Hot Springs, AR on June 26, 1971, in Idaho Falls, ID. This marriage was blessed with two daughters, Kristi Linn and Rici Sue. After 6 years of marriage they were divorced. In 1984 Beverly moved her young family to Lodi, CA. On March 28, 1987 Beverly married Gunner Jones in Lodi, CA. She is survived by her husband, Gunner; two children, Kristi Linn Hawkins of Sacramento, CA and Rici Sue Hawkins of Lodi, CA; three grandchildren: Breana, Dani and Richard; two brothers, W. Rick Horne of Idaho Falls, ID and Lanny Ross Horne of Lodi, CA; and one nephew, W. Eric Horne; and one niece, Wendy Rae Horne. She was preceded in death by both of her parents. Memorial Services will be held at the Lodi Moose Lodge, Lodi, CA on Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
Noel Earl Hitz, 23, of 1801 S. Lee Ave., a long-time resident of Idaho Falls, died Wednesday at a Pocatello hospital from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot would Tuesday morning.
He was born May 2, 1951, at Shelley, the son of Jack E. and Coy L Hitz.
Mr. Hitz spent most of his life in Idaho and attended schools at Idaho Falls.
He served in Vietnam from 1970 until 1972, when re received an honorable discharge.
He had been married and divorced. He reportedly was despondent due to domestic problems.
He is survived by his parents of Idaho Falls, brothers, Paul Hitz or Pocatello and Phil Hitz of Idaho Falls; a sister, Mrs. Don (Jackie) Moore of Idaho Falls; and a grandmother, Mrs. Hazel Hitz of Idaho Falls.
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.
Our beloved son, brother, uncle and friend has moved on without us. Martin Anthony Kelsch was born to parents Vern Eugene and Mildred Helen Hersley Kelsch on June 15, 1951, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and passed away on December 13, 2006, at Boise Health & Rehabilitation Center. Martin was raised in Idaho Falls, attended Holy Rosary School and graduated from Skyline High School. Martin worked at Saving Center during his younger years with his father and other siblings. He later attended Regis College in Denver, Colorado. Martin joined the U. S. Air Force, serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a disabled veteran with an honorable discharge from the Air Force. He is survived by his parents Vern and Mildred Kelsch, his brothers Richard (Helen) and Robert (Ginny), his sisters Cathy (Steve) Hardy and Kris (Dave) Burgess, nieces Katie, Megan, Suzy and Melissa, nephews Sean, Colin, Tim, and Mike. A special thanks to Boise Veterans Hospital, Julie Orozco and Vicki Martin, for their love and care over the years. We will miss you Martin.
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.
BOISE -Edward Paul Kite, 48, of Boise, Idaho, died May 31, 2000, at his home of natural causes. He was born June 7, 1951, in Idaho Falls to Edward M. and Audie O. Winkler Kite. He was raised and attended schools in Idaho Falls.
He moved to Boise in 1982 and was employed in the automobile business until his death.
Survivors include his mother, Audie Kite of Idaho Falls; and a brother, Dean Kite (Christine) of Boise. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
Graveside services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery with Reverend John Lovegrove of Bethel Baptist Church officiating. The family will meet with friends for one hour before services at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., in Idaho Falls.
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.
Robert Kent Lawson, 56, of Idaho Falls, died May 12, 2007, at his home in Idaho Falls. He was born November 15, 1950, in Idaho Falls to Robert Glen and Maxine Marie Benson Lawson. He graduated from Skyline High School in 1969. He served with the U.S. Army as a military policeman at Camp Casey in Korea until 1971. He received an associate degree in body and fender paint from Idaho State University.
On September 11, 1970, he married Irene Larsen in Idaho Falls. They divorced. He worked as a body and fender artist throughout Idaho Falls and Washington.
He enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, collecting marbles, fine arts, people watching and most of all his Harley. He loved spending time with friends, family, grandchildren: Kyson, Alex, Chandler, Jaydon, Mackinley and Hailee; and working with his sons, Shane and Craig.
Survivors include his mother, Maxine Lawson of Idaho Falls, sons, Shane (Nickey) Lawson and Craig (Cori) Lawson, both of Idaho Falls; sister Chris (Joe) Hansen; six grandchildren; and friend, Lisa Rowberry. He was proceded in death by his father.
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 before 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.
Dorothy Corinne Powell, 52, of Idaho Falls, died Sept. 1, 2003, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center from complications of surgery.
She was born Jan. 19, 1951, in Idaho Falls, to John Thomas Milburn and Mae Burwell Milburn. She was educated in Idaho Falls and graduated from Skyline High School.
She worked for Idahoan Foods for the past 20 years.
Dorothy loved being with her grandchildren, Brent and Aubree Stewart, and Clayton, Kaytlynn and Payton Powell; she was fun-loving, enjoyed playing cards with her family and shopping with her sisters, and she especially loved watching her son play football.
Survivors include her daughter, Brenda (Kenny) Stewart of Idaho Falls; a son, Sean (Kiersten) Powell of Dillon, Mont.; 10 brothers and sisters, Rodney (Zee) Milburn of Gilbert, Ariz., Sarah (Bill) Reynolds of Idaho Falls, Jaci (Glen) Holverson and John (Pat) Milburn, both of Mesa, Ariz., Bernice (Burk) Kunkel of Idaho Falls, Barbara (Rich) Oliveri of Nashville, Tenn., Gene (Susie) Milburn, Jeanette (Eldon) Lott, and Trudee (Val) Chapple, all of Idaho Falls, and Kevin (Barbara) Milburn of Ogden, Utah; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
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.
Our mother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away on Tuesday August 9, 2011 at the age of 60. Bea joined her father Melvin Joseph Strong, mother Edna Iretta Galbraith, brother Richard Strong, and other loved ones. She was born August 31, 1950 in Idaho Falls, Idaho and died in Holladay, Utah. She is survived by her daughter Lilly Marie Pickering Shearer and her husband Wayne Vernon Shearer, grandson Conner Scott Shearer, along with her many nieces and nephews, loved ones and friends. She served in the US Army from January 1971 to November 1978 and where she earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Bea was loved by all who knew her and was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. Many have seen her in recent years at the Tooele Wal-Mart as a door greater or working with the Benson Gristmill Pageant. Many have felt her caring and assistance and we thank the devoted doctors, nurses, and caregivers who have taken care of her for the last several years. We will miss you Bea, we were blessed to know you and glad you have joined all your loved ones on the other side and are finally out of pain. Her funeral service was held Monday August 15, 2011 at Tooele North Stake Center. She will be buried at Rose Hill Cemetery Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Andrew Elvin “Andy” Thornton, 50, of Idaho Falls, died August 15, 2001, at his home.
He was born April 20, 1951 at Hill Field in Ogden Utah, to Thomas William Thornton and Charlotte Ida Pickhardt Thornton. He attended school in the Salt Lake City area, West Yellowstone, Montana, and Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he graduated from Skyline High School. He then attended Utah Technical College and Westminister College in Utah.
He served as an Airman in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
He worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Primary Children's Hospital. He also worked with premature deliveries at the University of Utah Medical Center. After coming to Idaho Falls he worked at the Deseret Industries and for the Post Register.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed reading, hiking, and his dog, “Nickie.” The family wishes to express their appreciation to Andy’s many friends who touched his life.
Surviving are:Mother: Charlotte I. Thornton, Yucaipa, CABrother: Carl W. Thornton, West Yellowstone, MTSister: Kathy Wood, Inkom, IDSister: Christine [Lonnie] Burnham, Bountiful, UT
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.
Lowell H. Weeks, 62, loving father, grandfather, son and brother, returned to the peaceful presence of his Heavenly Father on July 9, 2013. His passing was a result of natural causes. Lowell was born on January 29, 1951 in Idaho Falls, Idaho; the oldest child of Harry and Evelyn Weeks. He enjoyed the outdoors and would hunt and fish with his father and brothers. He graduated from Skyline High School in 1969. He then moved to Denver, Colorado where he attended Denver Automotive & Diesel College for two years. He worked at Ucon Produce for 19 years following his higher education. The last 22 years he worked as a small engine mechanic at Ace Hardware where several close friendships were nurtured. Throughout his life he continued to enjoy the outdoors and the peace and solitude the mountains and desert plains can bring. He enjoyed fishing with his sons and grandsons, camping, riding four wheelers and snow mobiles, and spending time with his grandchildren. He also loved going to car shows and restoring a classic truck of his own. His smile would brighten his eyes and bring a sparkle to them that is not easily forgotten and his laugh could lighten the mood of an entire crowd. Lowell was single at the time of his passing and is survived by his two sons Garry of Las Vegas, NV and Randy (Maria) of Kuna, ID, and his siblings Gene (Deanna), Howard, Ferren, Doug (Peggy), and Joan. He is also survived by grandchildren Tatiana, Quenten, and Camren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was previously married to Donna Larsen of Las Vegas who is the mother of his two sons that they are both proud of. Later Lowell married Lois Rockwood of Ammon, ID whose daughter Hidy Rockwood and grandson's Skyler Rockwood, Teagun Rockwood, and Chance Graham held a special place in Lowell's life. Lowell was preceded in death by his father, Harry Cook Weeks, his mother, Evelyn Virgina Berrett Weeks, his brother-in-law, Mike Lambert, and his nephew, Kade Robert Chapple. His conversation, laughter, and quiet presence will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 15th at 1:00 pm at the LDS Chapel at 4707 E Iona Rd. The chapel is located just east of the corner of Iona Road and 45th St, with Bishop Murphy of the Iona 8th Ward officiating. The family will visit with friends from 11:00am to 12:15pm prior to services. Interment will be at the Ammon Cemetery.
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.
IDAHO FALLS, ID - Jimmie Allen Woods, 54, of Idaho Falls, died May 6, 2005, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
He was born November 28, 1950, in Milford, Nebraska, to Donald Edwin Woods and Mary Elizabeth Gibb Woods. The family moved to Utah where he attended elementary school, then to Idaho Falls where he graduated from Skyline High School in 1969.
He married Terri Ann Williams November 1, 1969 in Idaho Falls, Idaho and they are the parents of three daughters. He worked at the INEL Site for 22 years as a diesel mechanic.
He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and golf and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren, Sam, Allison, Whitney, Codee, Karli, and soon, Emily.
Surviving are: Wife: Terri Woods, Idaho Falls, ID Daughter: Jodi Lynn Woods, Idaho Falls Daughter: Jamie Ann (Curt) Sumner, Idaho Falls Daughter: Christi Jo (Nick) Clapp, Idaho Falls, Mother: Mary Elizabeth Woods, Idaho Falls Brother: Kent (Ivy) Woods, Kansas City, MO Brother: Don (Corinne) Woods, Medford, OR Sister: Diane Hardy, Reno, NV Stepbrother: Ray Donaldson, Soda Springs, ID Stepsister: Sue (Bob) Moore, Springtown, TX 5 Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.
Burial: Fielding Memorial Park Cemetary in Idaho Falls.
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.