Bobby “Wayne” Whitehead, 70, of Blackfoot slipped out of his room at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 and headed out early for his camping spot in the sky, to prepare for his family to follow.
Wayne was born May 19, 1942 in Big Springs, Texas, the ninth of 12 children born to Edward Erastus (Jack) Whitehead and Lomesia Thomas. Wayne attended school in Texas and California and grew up with siblings as they followed the crops throughout the countryat harvest time on the back of a flatbed truck.
In 1958 Wayne was working in the potatoes when he spotted the love of his life, Linda Durrant, in Blackfootand he knew then his traveling with the crops was over. Linda and Wayne were married on March 26, 1960 in Blackfoot and later their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in 2001.
Wayne worked as a truck driver for Matsuura Farms, D&D Trucking, Goodwin Construction and others in the construction industry, and for a few years as an independent trucker. He and his wife were presently cleaning Bingham Coop.
Wayne was an elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served many years in Bingham County Search and Rescue.
Wayne’s life was all about family. Wayne and Linda were blessed with two children, Dennis, the pride of his life and Vickie, the pride of his heart.
Wayne loved the outdoors and spent many days with his family, fishing, hunting and camping along with hauling wood for the winter (he taught his family how to work) building many wonderful memories along the way. Wayne was always busy, and if not working, you could always find him at the local restaurant or grocery store visiting with old and new friends.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Linda of Blackfoot; son, Dennis Wayne (Chris) Whitehead of Idaho Falls; daughter, Vickie Lynn (Tate) Capson of Blackfoot; eight grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; brothers, Don (Brenda) Whitehead of Queen Creek, Ariz., and Carl (Anita) Whitehead of Bakersfield, Calif.; and sisters, Patricia (John) Harris of Browning, Texas, and Martha Kate Kyles of Boise.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward, Tommie, Clarence (Tiny), Charles (Mack) and Alvin Ray; and sisters, Thelma and Mattie.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at Blackfoot 11th Ward LDS Chapel, 520 N. Shilling Ave. Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Grove City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .