James Clyde Lambert, 91, of Mackay passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and Jeff Danielson in Idaho Falls.
“Clyde” was born at the family home in Mackay to Ira and Leona Christensen Lambert on July 19, 1921. He grew up and attended schools in and around Mackay, graduating from Mackay High School. He spent his adolescent years working on the family farm and herding his father’s sheep in Copper Basin.
During World War II, he joined the Navy and served as an X-ray technician on board the hospital ship “USS Haven”. He walked through the destruction of the atomic bomb two weeks after the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, seeing firsthand some of the horrors of war.
After the war he purchased and settled on a farm south of Mackay where he worked most of the rest of his life.
He married Eva Adams on Nov. 17, 1949 in Idaho Falls,. They were inseparable in life. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Together they raised a family.Their children are Joe, Dewaine, Maureen, and John. Eva passed away on Oct.19, 2008.
Clyde loved the Lost River Valley and surrounding mountains and he spent countless hours hiking, camping, fishing and hunting in them.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He faithfully served in a wide variety of callings in the church, among them, ward clerk for 9 years and scoutmaster for over 10 years. He was also civic-minded and served on many different boards in the community.
Clyde was a gracious, kind, hardworking, honest man. He often expressed his heartfelt gratitude for his many blessings, particularly his family, the gospel, his freedoms and the beautiful world around him. He loved life and most of all, he loved his family.
He is survived by his four children, Joe (Sharon) Nafus and Dewaine (Shari) Nafus of Blackfoot, Maureen (Jeff) Danielson of Idaho Falls and John (LaRue) Lambert of Mackay, 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. He is also survived by a brother, Harold of Mackay and 2 sisters, Myrle Tippets of Boise and Nina Whiting of St. George, Utah. He was preceded in death by his eternal companion, his parents and brothers Wayne, Boyd and Vern, and his grandson, Joey Nafus.
The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to Aspen Home Health and Hospice for their kindness and the loving service they provided.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Mackay LDS Church. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, and for one hour prior to the services on Saturday.
Interment will be at the Mt. McCaleb Cemetery under the direction of Anderson Family Funeral Home of Arco. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mackay EMTs, c/o South Custer County Ambulance, P.O. Box 37, Mackay, ID 83251.