Richard Wilson, St. Anthony
ST. ANTHONY — Richard Charles Wilson, 62, died on Monday, February 15, 2010, at his home following a lingering illness with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease.”
Richard was born on September 9, 1947 in Wendell, the son of Richard A. and Shirley Rose Cushman Wilson.
He grew up in St. Anthony, where he graduated from South Fremont High School.
He received an Associates Degree from Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls.
He spent much of his younger years living on the Sand Creek Wildlife Refuge in the summer.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army in l969 and was honorably discharged from the army reserves in l975.
He served two years in Vietnam. Richard enjoyed hunting and flying remote controlled airplanes.
Richard is survived by two children Heather Lee (Scott) Conrad, Rigby, and Richard Guy Wilson, Shelley; four sisters Deborah Ruth (Bruce) Maher, Vancouver, British Columbia, Alissa L. Wilson, Ashton, Connie (Mike) Alfieri, Island Park, and Natalie (Jack) Ingram, Idaho Falls. He was preceded in death by both parents.
Memorial services with military rites will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 22, 2010 at Bidwell Funeral Home in St. Anthony.
Friends may come to the funeral home one hour prior to the services.
Wray E. Landon IV
Wray Landon 30, of Jackson, Wyoming died in an avalanche while skiing the South Teton in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday, February 21, 2010.
Wray was born on September 6, 1979 in Westerly, Rhode Island to Wray and Winifred “Lani” Lanier Landon He spent many happy years of his youth in North Stonington, Connecticut with his childhood friends. He moved with his family to Idaho Falls in 1983, where the family’s purchase of a tandem bicycle solidified Wray and Dana’s lifelong love of spending time as a family in the outdoors. He moved back to Connecticut in 1986 and finally back to the Intermountain West in 1991. His life was changed when he joined the Kelly Canyon Ski Team and developed his life’s passion for skiing and the mountains. He raced in junior high, high school, and college. KCST truly shaped his future.
Wray attended elementary school in North Stonington, Connecticut, and junior and senior high schools in Idaho Falls where he excelled in swimming and graduated in 1997. He graduated in 2001 with a bachelor in Liberal Studies from the University of Montana, where he found his passions for rock climbing, running, and everything outdoors and met many lifelong friends. He also developed a strong love for the environment, which later steered his career. Wray did everything in his own time, just missing the opportunity to start running with his mother following her knee surgery and forced change from running to power walking. Never the less, their always strong and loving relationship grew ever stronger through their many activities including skiing, canoeing, hiking and biking (but never a shared joy of heights and edges). Their every phone call ended with “Love you.”
He was a summer employee with the Post Register during his high school years where he developed his love for writing. During and shortly after his college years, Wray was a wildland fire fighter with the BLM where routine-training sessions cemented his love of running. He moved on to environmental work with Intermountain Aquatics, in Driggs.
Wray found his perfect career with the Teton Regional Land Trust in Driggs. He began in 2007 as an intern supporting the stewardship staff. A man of few words, Wray’s skills in the field spoke volumes and the Land Trust hired him as a full-time Resource Specialist. He soon became essential to the conservation of private lands in eastern Idaho, undertaking the field work necessary to inventory the natural resources on many of the conservation projects completed by the Land Trust during his tenure. His fieldwork and knowledge of the resources helped guide the permanent contracts negotiated with landowners to protect private lands. His good sense and courtesy endeared him to the landowners with whom the Land Trust worked, helping build those strong relationships essential to the conservation of private lands.
His surveys of Yellowstone cutthroat redds, sandhill cranes in Teton Valley, song-birds on the South Fork and waterfowl along the Henry’s Fork, added to the knowledge of wildlife resources in eastern Idaho. Wray was a skilled naturalist and biologist who developed an impressive understanding of the natural systems of the Upper Snake River Watershed and applied his knowledge with fervor and skill towards the stewardship of protected lands. At the time of his death, Wray was deeply involved in a project that will someday protect thousands of acres of important habitat along the Henry’s Fork River. He had particular interest in birds. Most recently, he was managing the organization’s bird monitoring program. Wray worked tirelessly in and out of the office to advance conservation with a calm manner in the face of frantic deadlines. He brought out the best in his fellow Land Trust friends with his resolve, humility and sense of humor. Wray’s wit, like the man himself, was characteristically understated and on target – often conveying the humor in a situation with a couple of wry words and a twinkle in his eye.
In the second chapter of Lonesome Dove, Augustus McCrae asks his partner “when were you the happiest — just being a live human-being free on the earth.” For Wray, the answer was: breaking trail before the break of dawn, in the eye of a raging Teton storm, up Mt. Taylor.
Wray Landon was the consummate mountain man: ferociously strong, sharply intuitive, and deeply passionate. His daily habit easily earned his nickname “Everyday Wray” — as the early morning Taylor excursions were often followed by evening Glory runs. In the summer he quietly became known as the fellow whose after work runs ended on the summit of the Grand where he rarely missed the sunset from the summit. Wray’s enormous athletic talent was well known to his partners and the subject of many race victories across the region. He was always more than happy to adjust his pace so he could enjoy backcountry skiing adventures with his father. It is a wonderful situation when a father can learn immeasurably from a son. Not even his boundless athletic talent matched his humility. More than any, Wray spent his life happy — a free human being — alive on the earth.
Wray shared his love of the outdoors with his parents and sister, Dana. From her home in Seattle, Dana’s relationship with Wray became long distance due to his aversion to the city life. Staying connected through frequent phone calls, the relationship became stronger as she developed a true understanding that he was always the best counsel and true friend to her and everyone he came into contact with. His humor and positive attitude inspired and brought the best out in everyone.
Wray is survived by his parents, Wray and Lani of Idaho Falls; his sister Dana Lanier Landon and her husband Don Forney of Seattle; many loving aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins and an immense group of close friends including Krissy Copeland who spent seven happy years with him in the Teton Valley with their dog Camus. Prior to her return from India, Krissy sent a lotus flower gift down the Ganges in remembrance of Wray, as the Himalayas was a place Wray always wanted to visit.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2010, at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, 270 N. Placer in Idaho Falls, with the Reverend Susan E. Speir officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2010, at the foot of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming at the Teton Teepee on Ski Hill road.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be made to Teton Regional Land Trust, 146 223 S Highway 33 Driggs, ID 83422, to the "Wray Landon Legacy Fund".
Robert Birdsall Benjamin
ISLAND PARK — Robert Birdsall Benjamin, a parttime Island Park resident, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010.
He was born Dec. 4, 1936, to Joe and Julia Benjamin in Idaho Falls. Bob, as he liked to be called, as well as Benjie, was active in sports throughout his high school years. Bob graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1954. He attended the University of Idaho, where he received a degree in business. Upon graduation, he was drafted into the Army, where he spent time in Korea.
Upon release from the Army, he started his career working for the Phillips Petroleum Co. at the nuclear site. While working in Idaho Falls, he met his first wife, Cheryl Burtenshaw. While married, they were blessed with two children by adoption, Natalie (Barry) Black and Joe (Stephanie) Benjamin. The kids blessed them with three grandchildren, Alex Black, Zach Black and Rhiannon.
Cheryl and Bob divorced. Bob later changed careers and went into real estate and moved to Sun Valley, where he sold real estate for the Sun Valley Co.
While employed at Sun Valley, Bill Janss asked him to go to Whitefish, Mont., to try to resurrect a condominium project called Ptarmigian. After successfully bringing it out of foreclosure, he sold all the units. He then went to work for the Big Mountain ski area as a sales manager. He later returned to Sun Valley, where he met the love of his life, Mary Wicker. They were married at their summer homes on Henry's Lake. They were married for more than 22 years. Mary had two children, Tony (Shelly) Wicker and Lisa (Richard) Stanion. They were blessed with four more grandchildren: Calli, belonging to Tony; and Chris, Talon and Robert, belonging to Lisa.
Bob then went to work for Sawtooth Title as an escrow officer, and later he went to work for First American Title as an escrow officer and accommodator for 1031 exchanges. Upon retirement, Bob was a volunteer for the Garden City Police Department and was a member of the Garden City/Eagle Rotary Club. Bob and Mary enjoyed their summers at Henry's Lake with their Labradors, Buckwheat, Hershey, Snowflake, Tara and little Grizzy, the alpha dog.
Bob enjoyed going to North Dakota in the fall with his dogs to hunt pheasant, and of course fishing on Henry's Lake.
Bob left behind his two 4-month-old pug puppies, Rocky and Rosie.
Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Julia; father, Joe; and his two brothers, Bill and Ben.
Bob's wishes were to have his ashes spread at Henry's Lake. A private family service will be at a later date. His family thanks Hearts for Hospice for all their loving care.
Helen Holbrook Hibbert Chamberlain, 76, of Ashton, died Thursday, February 25, 2010 at the Ashton Living Center of natural causes. She was born June 27, 1933 in Saint Anthony to Joseph Lamoni and Sarah Leola Wilkes Holbrook. She attended grade school in Marysville and high school in Ashton.
After graduating from high school, she worked in the local grocery stores. Later Helen earned her LPN in nursing and trained and worked at the hospital in Ashton.
She married John Nield Hibbert on August 19, 1953 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. To this union a daughter was born on March 2, 1958. In 1973, Nield died from a rare form of leukemia in Salt Lake City. Helen continued working and raising their daughter. In 1978, she met and married Thomas L. "Pete" Chamberlain and they moved back to where she lived as a small girl.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions. She was a 40 year member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She was a good wife, mother, sister and neighbor. She loved to embroider and do handiwork. She was an excellent homemaker. Her family and home always came first.
She is survived by her husband Thomas L. "Pete" Chamberlain of Ashton, daughter Barbara Ann "Bobbie" Hibbert of Ashton, a sister Beth Murdoch of St. George, Utah and two nephews Gary (Colleen) Hainsworth of Rigby and Kenneth (Irene) Hainsworth of Idaho Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 1, 2010 at the Ashton Third Ward Chapel with Bishop Kevin Stevens officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Burial will in the Pineview Cemetery
under the direction of Baxter Funeral Home.
Joseph Delaney Foster
ASHTON — Devoted husband, father, grandfather, teacher, coach, and friend, Joseph Delaney Foster, 69, of Ashton, died Sunday March 14, 2010, at his home after a 32- year battle with kidney disease.
Joe was born on August 16, 1940 in Driggs to Stephen George Foster and Sarah Delaney. He was the fourth of six children born in eight years: Noral, Tommy, Morgan, Peggy and Lloyd. He always had a great admiration for his mother and all she did for their family.
Joe attended first and second grade in Driggs. He attended third to seventh grade in Burke Canyon Elementary where his father was a silver miner. He graduated from Wallace High School in 1958, where he participated in athletics and many activities and felt he received an excellent education.
In June of 1958 he joined the US Navy, where he served until August of 1961. He was stationed in San Diego, California; Norman, Oklahoma; Jacksonville, Florida; and served on the USS ORISKANY Far East Tour.
After the Navy he worked for the Forest Service and in the silver mines of northern Idaho. He also coached Babe Ruth League teams and had great success. This is where his lifelong love of working with young people began.
Joe then went to Ricks College to play baseball. While there he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was always very active serving in the church and it played a great role in his life and the life of his family. He received a Masters Degree from Brigham Young University, another Masters Degree from the University of Wyoming, and further education from Wayne State University in Detroit and Northern Iowa University.
While at BYU he met Donna Dee Grover. They married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on August 19, 1967. They were blessed with six daughters: JoDee, Kristine, Patti, Erin, Kathryn, and Susan.
He taught school and coached in Cardston, Alberta Canada for one year and then moved to Ashton in the fall of 1969. He taught school and coached at North Fremont High School for 29 years, was very involved, and loved NFHS.
In the summers he obtained Forest Service contracts where he employed the family and many young people for several years.
In 1977 he was diagnosed with kidney failure and dealt with this problem for the rest of his life. He received three kidney transplants. The first donor was his sister Peggy, the second an anonymous donor, and the third his daughter Kristine in 2006. This enabled him to lead a normal and productive life. He was a testament to the blessings that come from organ donation.
He retired from teaching in 2000. Joe and Donna were called on an LDS mission to Birmingham, Alabama in 2001. Since returning from their mission he has enjoyed many family activities, especially with his 19 grand children.
He is survived by his wife, Donna of Ashton; his children LaWrell & JoDee Cook of Clifton; Terril & Kristine Richardson of Shelley; Patti Foster of Grantsville, Utah; Shannon & Erin Hill of Ashton; Jared & Kathryn Bolton of Overton, Nevada; and Bryce & Susan Richardson of Lacey, Washington; 10 grandsons and nine granddaughters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 19 at the Ashton LDS Stake Center, 516 North 2nd Street, with Bishop Craig Hammond officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. both times at the Stake Center. Burial will be in the Pineview Cemetery
under the direction of Baxter Funeral Home.
Steven Lynn Reynolds (1939 - 2010)
Steven (Steve) Lynn Reynolds, 70, of Kuna, formerly of Idaho Falls, ascended to heaven on Sunday, March 21, 2010. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend.
Steven was born December 11, 1939, in Twin Falls, to Jesse Norvil and Helen Marlin Reynolds. He was the second of four children. He grew up in Hansen. After graduating from Hansen High School he proudly served his country in the United States Army.
Steve was married to Nancy Elwood and they were blessed with four children. He later married the love of his life, Barbara Marie Pasta, and combined their two families to include eight children.
Steve and Barbara lived for each other and enjoyed spending down time at the family cabin in Rancho McCrea, in Island Park. They lived in Idaho Falls for seven years before moving to Kuna when his beloved wife became ill. He was by her side every day until she lost her battle to ALS August 2, 1998.
Steve was active in the community; he belonged to several service clubs. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and served in many positions. He worked at the INL in Idaho Falls and retired in 1995. He then found his career passion — driving school buses for the Idaho Falls and Kuna School Districts. His plan was to retire this year to travel and spend time with his children that lived afar.
Steve's much-loved treasures were his eight children and 19 grandchildren. He went to many soccer, basketball games, programs, and birthday parties. He was always there to send a card or present to let you knew he was thinking about you. Grandpa spent many days taking pictures of his family and all their activities. He had a way of making cherished memories with his photos. Steve has pictures hung throughout his home of his family so all could see his darling children what he had created throughout his life.
Steve is survived by his sister, Shirley, and her husband, Dale Hoskins; brothers Scott, and Shane and his wife, Cynthia, Reynolds; children Kimberly and Brian St. John, Jeff and Stacy Reynolds, Chris and Holly Reynolds, Heather and Jared Thompson, Terri and Kevin Reno, Richard and Geri Pasta, Mark Pasta, Cindy Pasta McGee and Dan McGee; 19 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Kuna LDS Stake Center, 3305 W. Kuna Road in Kuna. A viewing will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the church prior to the funeral services. The family will meet with friends from 1 to 2 p. m. on Saturday, March 27 at the Idaho Falls Elks Lodge, 640 East Elva Street. A graveside service will follow at the Rose Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial or donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202, or on line here.
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