Archive - Obituary
January 14th, 2014
Virginia Dell Patterson, 84, of Blackfoot, passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at the Gables Assisted Living Center.
She was born in Wheeler County, Texas on Aug. 26, 1929 to Richard Albert Watts and Anna Mae Hart.
Virginia married TJ Patterson June 20, 1947, and they had two children, Barbara and Roger. The family moved from Texas to Blackfoot in 1958. T.J. preceded her in death on May 25, 2002.
Longtime Blackfoot residentVon E. Thurman, 84, passed away peacefully at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center on Jan. 11, 2014, due to natural causes.
Von was born on Sept. 29, 1929, at Thomas to Elmer and Elva Thurman. Von attended school in Afton, Wyo. where he lived with his grandfather. He later attended Blackfoot High School where he lettered in track and boxing and graduated in 1947. He also attended barber college in Boise.
Betty Bea Aiken Goodwin Nielsen, 90, of Blackfoot passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at The Willows in Blackfoot.
She was born March 27, 1923 in Spring City, Utah to T.W. and Crystal Aiken.Â She was the oldest of nine children.
On Nov.26, 1943, she married Eldon J. Goodwin in the Manti LDS Temple.Â They had five children.
Frances Navo, 91, of Gibson passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
She was born Feb. 10, 1922 in Fort Hall, the daughter of Isaac Sandy, a descendant of Boise Valley, and Mary Fisher Sandy.Â She was a great-granddaughter of Captain Jim.
She was raised in the Gibson and Fort Hall area.Â She attended Sherman Boarding School in Riverside, Calif.
She married Richard C. Navo in Gibson in 1940. He preceded her in death in 1985.
She was a member of Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses.
Earl Rick Clayborn was born June 7, 1957 in Pocatello to Earl and Norma Clayborn. He died at his home in Vallejo, Calif. on Dec. 30, 2013.
He became one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1971 and served his god, Jehovah, faithfully until his death.
He graduated from Snake River High School in 1974 and worked as a boilermaker until 1980 when he became an ironworker. At the time of his death he was general foreman on the San Francisco Bay Bridge in California.
On May 18, 1980 he married Martha Mahalik. They had three children: Earl, Alexsandra and Rebecca.
Leon Michael Waters, 69
Leon Michael Waters, 69, of Blackfoot passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the home he shared with long-time partner Carolyn Cook.
Â Leon was born October 23, 1944 in Rupert, to Dean Waters and June Boldt Waters.Â He was raised in Burley, and attended Idaho State University and Eastern Idaho Vocational College in Idaho Falls.Â He lived in Blackfoot most of his life.
Leon worked as a tax consultant.Â In his free time he enjoyed camping, fishing, being outdoors, helping people and making people laugh.
Connie E. Peterson Birch, 64, passed away peacefully at home in Blackfoot.
She was born in Hastings, Neb. on October 24, 1949.
SheÂ married Jon C. Birch and then later divorced.
She worked as an executive secretary at EG&G and ExxonÂ until she became disabled in 1989 and was forced to retire. She enjoyed crafts and reading. Connie was also aÂ very talented artist.
She was preceded in death by herÂ parents, Earl and Alretta Peterson;Â her sister, Sandra Meredith; and her daughter, Loretta Lynne.Â
Robert Howard Young Jr., 60, of McCammon passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at his home after a valiant battle with cancer.
Robert was born March 25, 1953 in Murray, Utah to Robert Howard Young Sr. and Agnes â€śYvonneâ€ť Kirby.Â He attended grade school and junior high in Ogden, Utah and then to Illinois, attending two high schools north of Chicago.
He lived in Southern California, met his first wife and had children there.Â He lived in Utah, Idaho and the last 20 years in McCammon.
James (Jay) Dallas Stephens, Ph.D., professionally known as Doctor Stephens, a resident of Blackfoot since November 1976 passed away at home on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
Jay was the youngest of five siblings born to John W. Stephens and Ellen (Irene) Fogarty Stephens, at the hospital in Salmon City on Nov. 27, 1931. He grew up on the family ranch in the Goldburg, Idaho area of the upper (south-eastern) end of the Pahsimeroi River Valley along with his three living siblings. He graduated from the Goldburg Elementary School and then he graduated from Challis High School in 1949.
Elynn Matthews Kirkham, 88, of Blackfoot passed away on Jan. 2, 2014 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.Â
Elynn was born March 23, 1925, in Green Timber, Idaho, the daughter of Hazel and Byron Matthews.
Elynn grew up in Ashton and graduated from Ashton High School in 1943. She moved to Utah where she worked and attended Brigham Young University.Â