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March 5th, 2014

Melody Andersen, 60

March 5, 2014

Melody Andersen, 60, of Brigham City, Utah passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Willow Glen Health and Rehabilitation of natural causes.
Melody was born May 2, 1953 in Riverton, Wyo. to Theo D. Andersen and Elaine Mae John. She was raised in Rockford, Idaho. She graduated from Snake River High School in 1971 and went on to attend the LDS Business College, moved to Utah and then to Chicago before moving back to Idaho in 2010. She was living in Brigham City at the time of her death.

March 4th

Michael James Birch, 68

March 4, 2014

Michael James Birch, 68, of Blackfoot, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 while fishing on the Snake River.
He was born Nov, 11, 1945 in St. Anthony, Idaho, to Lowell Edgar and Rayola Rudd Birch.  He was raised in St. Anthony and attended school there, graduating from South Fremont High School.  He excelled baseball while in high school.   He attended Ricks College for two years, then moved to Pocatello to attend I.S.U., where he earned a BS in Political Science.  He moved to Blackfoot in 1976 and has resided here since.

JoAnn Jackson Polatis, 77

March 4, 2014

Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, and dear friend, JoAnn Jackson Polatis, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at her home in Thomas, Idaho, her favorite place to be. 
She was born on Oct. 8, 1936 in Thomas, Idaho to Clarence Mark and Wilma Martin Jackson at the home of her grandparents. She attended school in the Snake River District, graduating in 1955, the first class in the new high school. She then attended Ricks College.

WAYNE A. WHITTEN, 91

March 4, 2014

Wayne A. Whitten, 91, of Blackfoot, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Idaho Veterans Home in Pocatello.
Wayne was born on Feb. 26, 1923 in Blackfoot to Albert William and Florence Leona Cones Whitten.  He was a lifelong resident of Blackfoot.  He attended school in the Blackfoot School District and graduated from Blackfoot High School.  In 1943, Wayne joined the Army.  He was trained as a radar technician and was stationed in Japan following World War II.
Wayne married Thelma Coles in Las Vegas, Nev. in 1964.

March 3rd

Owen Verne Taylor, 78

March 3, 2014

Owen Verne Taylor, 78 , of Blackfoot, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014 with his family at his side.
Verne was born on May 9, 1935 in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Owen Albert and Lois Dunn Taylor.  He attended school in Snake River, graduating from Snake River High School on May 20, 1953.  Following graduation he attended Idaho State College, graduating on May 18, 1954 in Auto Mechanics.
On May 27, 1955 Verne married Vera Petersen,  their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.

DeEsta Cornwall, 71

March 3, 2014

DeEsta Cornwall, 71, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away February 28, 2014 in Pocatello.
DeEsta was born April 21, 1942 in Idaho Falls to Leonard and Wilma Ross. She was raised by Clarence and Wilma Warren in the Rigby/Ririe area. She married George T. Hames on August 15, 1958. Together they had four children, two girls, Connie Jean and Quantilla Rae and two boys, George Allen and Vernal Lee. She was married to Verl Cox from 1977-1991 and Ray Cornwall from 2005-present.

Becky Jo Giles, 45

March 3, 2014

Becky Jo Keele Giles, 45, of Firth passed away February 27, 2014 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center surrounded by family and friends. 
Becky was born February 7, 1969 in Idaho Falls, ID to Darryl and Myrna Keele. She and her mother were best friends from the moment she was born. Becky attended school in Shelley, Idaho Falls, and Graduated from Blackfoot High School. 

Robin G. Matsaw, 52

March 3, 2014

“Bird” Robin G. Matsaw, 52, sprouted her wings and journeyed on from this world Friday, February 28, 2014, at her home in Fort Hall, surrounded by family after a very courageous two year battle with colon cancer.
Robin was born July 23, 1961, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Elizabeth A. Cerino and Clyde O. Dixey Sr. and had five siblings: two brothers, Clyde “Tyke” Dixey Jr. and Aaron Dixey and three sisters, Caroline Dixey, LeeAnn (Vincent) Avila and Lizzie (Lance) Boyd.

JEANNETTE ELIZABETH PARMELEE POWELL

March 3, 2014

    Jeannette Elizabeth Parmelee Powell was born December 26, 1919, in Pocatello, Idaho to Bruce Eugene Parmelee and Winstead Davie Parmelee. Jeannette was 94 years old when she passed away in her sleep February 26, 2014, at The Willows, 898 Meridian in Blackfoot.
    Jeannette lived most of her life in the Springfield community, with time out for school and travels. Her parents were early day farmers, and until recently, Jeannette still lived in the house she grew up in with her only sibling, Jane Ritter of Maine (deceased).

February 27th

Joyce Higgins Jensen, 72

February 27, 2014

Joyce Higgins Jensen, 72, passed away peacefully in her home on Feb. 19, 2014, surrounded by her family. After a courageous battle with cancer, she enjoyed a glorious reunion on the other side of the veil in the arms of her husband, parents, brothers and sister, and her Savior.
Joyce was born Jan. 13, 1942, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Arthur Eugene and Thelda Romreill Higgins. She was the youngest of seven children, six of whom survived to adulthood. She was raised in the Riverside-Thomas area, and attended local schools, graduating in 1960 from Snake River High School.

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