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October 13th, 2011

Lucille Wright Benson, 77

October 13, 2011

Lucille Wright Benson passed away due to complications from heart surgery on Oct. 11, 2011, in St. George, Utah.
She was born Feb. 7, 1934, in Blackfoot to Cecil F. and Anna Polatis Wright. She married J. Boyd Benson on Oct. 24, 1952, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Lucille is survived by her children: Debra (Edgar) Wells, Diane Mitchell, Susan (Allen) Tripp, John (Gloria) Benson, Scott (Kathleen) Benson and Lisa (David) Payne.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Boyd Benson, and son, Steven Boyd Benson. She had 28 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Eldon Leroy Gardner, 67

October 13, 2011

Eldon Leroy Gardner, 67, of Blackfoot passed away Oct 10, 2011 following a short illness.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1943 in Blackfoot, the sixth of 11 children of Raymond and Nina May Crow Gardner.
His upbringing on his parents’ small, rocky farm was hard but happy.  He was the epitome of a “people person,” a good husband, father, and grandfather, ranch foreman and hunting guide. 
His interests included horses, livestock, gardening, reading, and telling stories and jokes. Among his many endearing qualities was his encyclopedic memory for jokes, which he told at every appropriate opportunity.

October 10th

Keith Jensen, 64

October 10, 2011

Keith Jensen, 64, of Blackfoot died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at his home.
Services are pending and will be announced by the Hawker Funeral Home.

Hyrum LeRoy Van Kirk, 66

October 10, 2011

Hyrum LeRoy Van Kirk, 66, of Blackfoot, died Oct. 8, 2011 at the Willows Assisted Living in Blackfoot.
Services are pending and will be announced by the Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.

Edward LeRoy ‘Trapper’ Popejoy, 78

October 10, 2011

Edward LeRoy “Trapper” Popejoy passed away at age 78 at his home in Blackfoot from natural causes.
Trapper was born April 23,1933, in Salmon to Hilra L. and Naomi (Moore) Popejoy. He grew up in the Pahsimeroi and Patterson area where he attended grade school. He later attended Challis High School before going to work in the Ima Mine near Patterson. He was the oldest of four children and spoke fondly of life with his father, mother and sisters in Patterson.

October 6th

Ila Backlund, 94

October 6, 2011

Ila Blanch Smith Backlund, 94, our loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at the Gables in Shelley.
Ila was born Nov. 20, 1916 at home in Shelley to her parents, Francis Thomas Smith and Myrtle Anderson Smith. She was the sixth of 13 children. She grew up on the family farm where she learned to work at an early age. She attended and graduated from the schools in Shelley

Terry Birch, 66

October 6, 2011

Terry Erickson Birch, 66, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 at her home.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home and will be announced in a full obituary.

October 5th

Heber Glen Bevan, 83

October 5, 2011

Heber Glen Bevan, 83, a Riverside resident, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at his home.
We as a family would like to thank the many wonderful people from Blackfoot Home Health and Hospice and Heartworks Connections who helped take care of our great grandfather, grandfather, father and husband in his last years.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Riverside LDS 2nd Ward with Bishop Brett Williams conducting.

Dean Watt, 94

October 5, 2011

Dean Watt, 94, of Omaha, Neb., and formerly of Blackfoot, passed away Sept. 28, 2011.
Dean was born on Sept. 1, 1917 in McCammon.
He graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in chemistry and received his doctorate in biochemistry from Iowa State University. In 1969 Dean began working at Creighton University. He taught biochemistry and did research on scorpion venom. He retired from teaching in 1989 but continued to do research until 2002.

October 3rd

Ralph Roy Reeves, 83

October 3, 2011

Ralph Roy Reeves, 83; of Pingree passed away Friday, September 30, 2011 in Pocatello at the Portneuf Medical Center.
Ralph was born on October 26, 1927 in Adair County, Iowa the son of Carl Delmar and Winnifred Alberta Ford Reeves.
He served in the Army Air force Reserves and served in WWII.
He married Suzanne Howe on October 26, 1958 in Greenfield, Iowa. She passed away January 1, 1976.
He married Nancy Reed on June 15, 1990 in Blackfoot, Idaho.

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