Jay Leon Slaughter
Jay Leon Slaughter, 84, formerly of Island Park, died Friday, March 27, 2009 at his home in Idaho Falls.
He was born on June 6, 1924 to Wayne Rasmussen Slaughter and Allene Mabelle Heath in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He graduated from Pocatello High School and then served in the Navy for four years.
He married Charlene Frances Dill on February 10, 1950 in Salt Lake City.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University, a master’s degree from the University of Utah, and a doctorate degree from Indiana University in Music Education.
Jay was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as Scout Master, Sunday School teacher, in a bishopric, as choir director, and as a home teacher.
He was a member of the Rexburg Rotary Club. He enjoyed snowmobiling, skiing, boating, water skiing, and taking trips to Yellowstone and Lake Powell with his family.
He built his beloved cabin on Bils Island in Island Park, where he lived until recently. Everyone knew his vehicle because his license plate was "Dr. Jay."
He enjoyed Ricks College football and basketball games. He was the national grand president of the Kappi Kappi Psi, band fraternity. He taught music at Ricks College for 18 years and then was in public relations for 18 years. He coached the Ricks College ski team for 22 years. He especially loved to be in the pit directing musicals and operas. He also started the very successful Summer Fine Arts Academy.
He received an Idaho State University award for outstanding musicianship. While there, he also received the professional achievement award from the College of Education. At Ricks College he received an appreciation award for the hall of fame board for his service. In 2002, he was awarded the Eliza R. Snow award. The Viking Marching Band of BYU Idaho presented him with a beautiful plaque honoring him for establishing a foundation of excellence in the bands at Ricks College.
He survived by his wife, Charlene, his children, Paul Slaughter of Pocatello, Francie (Bill) Henderson of Rexburg, Laura Kaye Stears of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Steve (Amber) Slaughter of Grand Junction, Colorado, 16 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Del Slaughter, of Salt Lake City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Jean Larsen, and a son-in-law, Gary Stears.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at the Valley View LDS Chapel on South 2nd East, in Rexburg. The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 8:30 pm at Flamm Funeral Home, 61 North 1st East, and again from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Burial will be in the Rexburg Cemetery, with military rites by the Madison County Veterans.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.flammfh.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the BYU-IDAHO music fund be mailed to Charlene Slaughter, 1400 Falcon Drive, Ammon, ID. 83406.
Margerie M. Janssen
Margerie M. Janssen, 70, of Ashton, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Madison Memorial Hospital of natural causes.
She was born April 15, 1938, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Walter Darrel and Blanch Taylor Byington. She attended schools in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1957.
She married Marvin C. Janssen on October 4, 1971 in Blackfoot. They made their home in Ashton were they raised their family.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ashton. She worked as a volunteer at the Ashton Senior Citizens Center. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband Marvin of Ashton; children Michael (Darcy) Janssen of St. Anthony, Dan (Stephanie) Janssen of Rexburg, Julie (Tim) Maurer of West Point, Utah; siblings Betty Jo Heaton, Rosemary Andersen, Alvin "Jack" (Liz) Byington, Norma (Cleo) Camphouse, Bill (Lan) Byington; a sister-in-law Jackie Byington; and 16 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashton. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Burial will be in the Pineview Cemetery
under the direction of Baxter Funeral Home.
Keith Ivan Machen
Keith Machen, 81, passed away at his home in Centerville, Utah on April 13, 2009.
He was born August 31, 1927. He was an Island Park summer resident.
Keith, a World War II veteran, served proudly as a gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps August 11, 1944, and completed 26 missions across the English Channel into Germany.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2009 at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg.
The family will receive friends from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home prior to services.
Burial will be in the Burton Cemetery.
John David Jackson
John David Jackson, 68, a Pinehaven summer resident from Mesquite, Nev. passed away Friday, April 3, 2009.
He was born Nov. 28, 1940 in Wellington, Texas, son of John Jackson and Marie (Hicks) Jackson.
He was an industrial safety engineer and served in the United States Army as both a military member and later as a civilian.
Dave graduated from Wellington High School in 1959 and Texas A&M University in 1974. He had a love of the outdoors and photography, which he combined together after his retirement as the Plant Director of the Army’s largest chemical weapon demilitarization facility in Tooele. He will be missed.
He was a member of the Island Park Cemetery
He is survived by son and daughter-in-law Michiel and Marie Jackson of Monument, Colo.; granddaughter Taylor Jackson; grandson Brandon Jackson; brother Alan Jackson; sister Alta Rowell of Crossville, Tenn. He is preceded in death by wife Rita Kaye (Rucktashel) Jackson, mother Marie (Hicks) Jackson, father John Jackson.
Services were performed under the direction of Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. Interment will be in the Island Park Cemetery
William "Bill" Stanik, 62, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2009. He was born July 14, 1946 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania to Zigman & Mary Stanik. He married the love of his life, Lore, in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1975.
An avid fly fisherman, he fished the waters of Idaho, Colorado, Montana, and Utah and landed many trophy trout out of Henry's Lake in Island Park.
He is survived by his wife, Lore, in St. George, UT; his children, Mike, in Henderson, NV, Frank, in Las Vegas, NV and Elke in Cabot, AR; and his brother, Ted in Neshanic Station, NJ. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT (435) 673-2454.
Jone Poulsen Crabtree
Jone Poulsen Crabtree, wife of Dr. Larry Crabtree, died on April 22, 2009, in Idaho Falls at the age of 79. Jone had been in residence at the Lily & Syringa Care Center and assisted by the Hands of Hope Hospice since last fall.
Born November 27, 1929, in Lewisville, Idaho, she was the daughter of Vance and Faye Walker Poulsen. As a young girl, she moved with her family to Idaho Falls.
Jone attended Emerson Grade School, O.E. Bell Junior High School and graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1948. She attended the University of Idaho from 1948-49 and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. The following year she worked at the Resort in Sun Valley.
Jone and Larry were married in Idaho Falls on July 14, 1950, at the home of his parents, Dr. Glen B. and Addie Crabtree. They spent the next two years living in Seattle while Larry completed dental school at the University of Washington. Upon returning to Idaho Falls in June of 1952, Larry established a dental practice while he and Jone started to raise their family. After ten years of practice in Idaho Falls, Larry joined the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and he, Jone and their four children moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, where they continue to maintain a home. Since Larry's retirement, the couple has spent every summer at their beloved cabin in Island Park.
Jone is survived by her husband, Larry; and their four children, Jenny of Laguna Hills, Calif., Ron of Katy, Texas, James of Silver Spring, Md., and Ellen of Vail, Colo., and their families, which includes six grandchildren.
Jone is also survived by her sister, Derrelie Cottrell of Silver Spring, Md. Two sisters preceded Jone in death, Beverly Bird of Idaho Falls died in 2004, and Yvonne McMullen of Portland, Ore., who died in 2007.
Jone was an avid reader and loved books and poetry. She also enjoyed cooking, gardening, horseshoes, golf, dancing, music and playing cards. Most of all, she loved raising her four children and playing with her six grandchildren.
Her favorite place was the family cabin in Island Park where the family and friends gathered every summer. Her wish is that her ashes remain there. A celebration of her life is being planned for this July at the Crabtree cabin in Island Park.
The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to Jone and Larry's nephew, Doug Crabtree and his wife, Shauna, of Idaho Falls for their wonderful support during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider supporting the Hands of Hope Hospice, 1379 E. 17th Street in Idaho Falls, ID 83404, and The National Endowment for Alzheimer's Research at N.E.A.R. c/o National Headquarters, Box 772, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Coltrin Mortuary in Idaho Falls.
David T. Hays
ISLAND PARK — Last Chance author, David T. Hays, was found dead in his cabin on Moose Breath Lane on Tuesday, April 20, 1999 due to an apparent suicide by gunshot.
Hays was the publisher and owner of the weekly newspaper, Island Park Bugle, and before that, editor of the Island Park Villager, a Standard Journal weekly newspaper. At the time of his death, he was on the staff of the Fremont Current, formed in 1997 through a merger of the Bugle and two other newspapers. Not long after Hays' death, the Idaho Falls Post Register purchased the Current and stopped its publication.
He is the author of, "Passion Below Zero, Essays from Last Chance, Idaho," a collection of his weekly newspaper columns.
Hays grew up in California, had a degree in cultural anthropology, and was an expert in Buddhist history and Chinese literature, according to the biography from "Passion Below Zero." He worked towboats on the Mississippi River and spent three years as a Buddhist monk in a Chinese monastery before moving to a cabin in Island Park in 1976. He had two sons.
"Passion is a huge word meant only for the large places: it means both great suffering and great desire. The mountains will hold such a word, perhaps especially in winter. Stars against the cheek, the wind always coldly near. Fire and ice; the place where the heart needs to warm itself against another needing heart," Hays wrote in "Passion Below Zero."
"David Hays was part St. Francis, part Thoreau and part Buddhist mystic," said Post Register Publisher Jerry Brady when Hays died. "Wholly unique and original, he was the best nature writer our region possessed and a great deal more. "To experience the seasons through David' s eyes, to live through his columns with chickadees and mice, moose and an old cat, or to simply look out with him over his beloved Island Park from Mt. Sawtell was a weekly joy to devoted admirers like me." Brady said Hays remains a hero. "He lived gently, courageously and with a rare spirituality," Brady said. "I will miss him."
Darrell Reinke, former publisher of the Fremont Current, said Hays created a sense of community for people in the area by the way he wrote about the woods or what it was like to spend a winter in Island Park. "There was always something fresh and alive in his writing that raised it to a work of art," he said. In "Passion Below Zero," Hays wrote that his home was, "a good half acre at the end of an old road that sneaks off through the trees like an evening deer, off of an even older quieter road, near but not on the river, the Henry' s Fork, the splendid main artery of the old volcano."
In his book, Hays described his own life this way: "Mine is a very fine life, blessed by the absence of anguish or tragedy and filled with the comfort of knowing my own boundaries."