Archive - Sep 26, 2011
LeRoy Arnold Christensen II, 55, of Blackfoot, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at his home following a long illness.
He was raised in the Rose area and attended Blackfoot schools.
He graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1974.
He served an LDS mission to the Arizona Holbrook Mission from 1976-1978.
He attended Ricks College and graduated with a degree in Farm Crops Management in 1980.
He married Diane Marie Esplin on Jan. 31, 1979, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Fermin Avitia-Garcia, 79, of Idaho Falls, passed away Sept. 22, 2011, at his home. He was under the care of Aspen Home Health & Hospice.
Fermin was born April 15, 1932, in Agua Blanca, Mexico, to Remidios Garcia and Isabel Avitia Garcia. He was raised and attended schools there.
On May 6, 1952, he married Gracie Allen Bush in Carson City, Nev. Together they raised five children.
Fermin lived in Truckee, Calif., before moving to Blackfoot and then to Idaho Falls. For 20 years he worked as a railroad foreman for Southern Pacific. He was a restaurant owner for 30 years.
BLACKFOOT â€” When it came time to leave his job in Kansas City for a move back west, Dennis Hansen turned his attention to Blackfoot, Idaho.
"My brother (Larry) had moved here two or three years earlier and liked it," said Hansen, who grew up in Nebraska and Wyoming. "I wanted to go somewhere in the West and back to the mountains."
That was 37 years ago. Hansen and his wife Gloria built a home and a life in Blackfoot.
YUMA, Ariz. â€” Albert and Sharon Gardner, former Blackfoot residents who now live in Arizona, returned to Yuma this week after flying nearly 12,000 miles -- equal to traveling halfway around the world. The trip was the culmination of a longtime desire that Albert had to land his airplane in every contiguous state of the Union. The plane is a home-built craft that he constructed in his garage. Prior to this summer he had landed the plane in every state west of the Mississippi.