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Ed Jenkins, 74

March 22, 2012

Ed Jenkins was born April 30, 1937 in Victor to Clyde and Blenda Jenkins. He passed away March 17, 2012 in Pocatello.
Ed was the 10th of 13 children. His twin brother Fred died in 1970. Ed was born with severe cognitive and health problems including hearing loss. Ed received treatment at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, until he was five years old.
Ed's family moved to Basalt in 1943 when Ed was five. He attended two years of school at Basalt Elementary; this was all the formal education he had. Ed moved to Shelley in 1987, and then to Pocatello in 1994 where he became a resident at the Belmont Care Center. Ed was one of the first residents to be placed in the Residential Housing Habitat setting when the program started. Some of the members of Ed's second family that loved and cared for him, include Mandie Goodwin, Daina Sheppard, Jeff Dawson, Randy Smart, Kathy Zahn, Mike Green, Cheldon Brown, Judy Tindall, Rob Freeman, and many others.
Ed's birth family would like to extend their deep gratitude for enriching and blessing Ed's life. Ed loved the other residents he lived with, and he grew especially close to Mandie who stayed by his side comforting him in the hospital. This was truly his home and his second family.   
As a young man Ed loved to walk and would walk from Basalt to Blackfoot or Shelley and back again every day; about 30 miles daily. He met a lot of people and made many friends. Ed also loved babies and little children, and he loved to fish. Ed visited often with his relatives and friends but only for an hour or so. He loved his home and he loved his goldfish and his cat "Fester." He loved his garden and his bedroom which he decorated himself from ceiling to floor with photos of family and friends. Wherever Ed was he made friends.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Blenda Jenkins; six brothers and three sisters: Laura Frantzwich (Gordon, decd), Audrey A. Underwood (Robert decd), Betty M. Caughie (Floyd decd), Jack, Fred (his twin), Robert, Carl, and Bill (Rozella).
Ed is survived by three sisters, Geri (Roy) Dunn of Eagle Point, Ore.; Jean (Bruce decd) of Sweet Home, Ore.; and Alice (Henry decd), formerly of Pocatello but recently from Meridian. Ed is also survived by many nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at 1 p.m. in the Firth Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday, March 23, 2012, for a visitation from 6-7:30 p.m. at which time a short service will be held in the Cornelison Funeral Home.  The family suggests, in lieu of flowers that memorials may be given to the Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.  
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com.

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