Clarence William Springsteed Sr

Clarence W. Springsteed, Sr. passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 21, 2017.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  Honoring his wishes, Clarence will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home.  The family will hold a private celebration of his life.  Please share memories by completing the condolence tabs.

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Emmie Jo Wooten

Emmie Jo Wooten passed away unexpectedly at the age of 42 at her home on January 10, 2017 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  Please share memories and condolences by completing the condolence tabs.

Marie Branson

Marie Branson, 90 of Chubbuck, Idaho passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017. Marie was born June 29, 1926 to Pete and Anna Marie Feist in Zeland, North Dakota. After high school Marie moved to Pocatello where she met Ted Branson. Ted and Marie where married on November 3, 1945 and had six children together. They were happily married for 36 years when Ted passed away in 1981.
Marie was a LPN at Saint Anthony Hospital until she retired. After retirement she started volunteering and later became an Ombudsman for Southeast Idaho Area on Aging. Marie also held different positions for NARFE. (National Active and Retired Federal Employees)
Marie enjoyed spending time with her family and was very close to her Great Grandchildren Orion Diaz, Kaden Diaz, Allie Austin, and Tyree Austin.
Marie is survived by two daughters, Kay Austin and Betty Branson; two sons Bill (Kym) Branson, and George (Jan) Branson; 12 Grandchildren, many Great Grandchildren, and one Great Great Granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Anna Marie Feist; her husband, Ted Branson; two daughters Julia Ann Branson and Kandi Sistrunk; and one Grandson Kevin Jezek.
A special thanks to Dr. Mills, Copper Summit Assisted Living, and Heritage Hospice.
A Funeral mass will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 1:00pm at Saint Anthony Church, 507 North 7th Ave, Pocatello.  Please share memories by completing the online tabs.

Betty Christine Frappier

Betty Christine Frappier

Betty Christine Frappier, 88, passed away quietly in her home in Boise, Idaho on January 27, 2017.
            She was born May 28, 1928 in Lansing, Michigan to Roland Millard and Lila Trill Carson Frappier. She was raised in Lansing but later moved to Glendale, California with her parents.
            She was a free spirit and loved horses. Taught English as a foreign language in Mexico City for many years and later worked in accounting in Glendale, California until her retirement in 1998 when she moved to Boise, Idaho to be near her daughter.
            She is survived by her daughter Sharon (Lyle) Swensen & her son Mario Aguilar; four grandchildren: Ronald Coryell, Christopher (Jackie) Coryell, Jason (Ashley) Swensen, Jared (Lindsay) Swensen; five great-grandchildren: Owen Swensen, Valerie Coryell, Nathan Coryell, Stryker Swensen & Sawyer Swensen. Her sister Lila Edwards and nephews Gary (Susan) Edwards, Don (Sandra) Edwards.
            She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Ronald Lee Coryell, a daughter Debra Ann Aguilar and a brother-in-law Robert Edwards.
            There will be no funeral. Betty donated her body to the Idaho State University.

Russell "Russ" Fredrick Wiltsey

Russell "Russ" Fredrick Wiltsey

Russell “Russ” Fredrick Wiltsey, Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 81 following an illness at his home.  He was surrounded by his loving family.
Russ was born on June 14, 1935 in Camden, New Jersey to Katherine (Fergusen) and Russell Wiltsey.  He grew up on Trenton, New Jersey.  After school he began working with the Sanitation Department for the city of Trenton.
Among his hobbies, Russ loved to watch TV especially wrestling and westerns.  He was often found gambling at Fort Hall Casino.  He loved drinking beer, camping and spending time with his family.
Russ was preceded in death by the love of his life, Elizabeth (Cominskey) Wilke.  He is survived by children, Alice,  William, Kathy, Wesley, Fred, John, Russ, Florence, Doris and Sherry.
Russ’s family will greet friends at a viewing on Monday, February 13th at 9:30 AM at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, ID.  The funeral service will begin at 10:30 AM at the funeral home.  Graveside services will follow at Mt. View Cemetery, section 54 West.  Please share memories by completing the condolence tabs.

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Doyle Eugene Tackett

Doyle Eugene Tackett

Doyle Eugene Tackett passed away at the age of 85 on February 7, 2017 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello following complications of pneumonia.
Doyle was born on December 1, 1931 in Sumerco, West Virginia to Hazel (Ruby) Tackett and Opha C. Tackett.  He graduated from Duval High School in Griffithsville, West Virginia.  While in school, Doyle excelled in sports.  He loved basketball and football.  He was well liked among his peers.
Doyle served our country faithfully in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.  He was a gunman on the U.S.S Norfolk DL1 which was an experiment ship used by the military at the time.  He served 1951 to 1955 in Cuba and Korea.
After honorably being discharged from the Navy and while living in Boston, Massachusetts, he met the love of his life, Dorothy “Dolly” Ethel Cook.  They lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts and later moved to Nashua, New Hampshire to raise their family.  They were blessed to have two children, Eugene and Janet.
He worked as a truck driver for Industrial Stainless Steel until retirement.  He served them for 25 years.  Doyle was an avid sportsman and loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping.  When he wasn’t busy doing that, Doyle was busy creating beautiful things through woodworking and quilting.
After Dolly passed away, he moved to Rexburg, Idaho to be near his daughter and granddaughter, Sage.  Not to mention the best fishing streams in the world.  He lived there for twelve years.  He was loved and cared for at his daughter’s home in Pocatello until his passing.
Doyle was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.  He is survived by his children, Janet Tackett of Pocatello and Eugene Tackett of Butte, Montana; grandchildren, Sage Avichouser; sisters, Janet Surface of Scott Depot, West Virginia, and Connie (Gary) Toney of South Charleston, West Virginia,  brothers, Orville Tackett of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and Edmond Tackett of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Doyle will receive Military Rites and will be laid to rest beside his loving wife Dolly in Cambridge in the summer.
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Russ Wiltsey

Russell “Russ” Fredrick Wiltsey, Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 81 following an illness at his home.  He was surrounded by his loving family.
Russ was born on June 14, 1935 in Camden, New Jersey to Katherine (Fergusen) and Russell Wiltsey.  He grew up on Trenton, New Jersey.  After school he began working with the Sanitation Department for the city of Trenton.
Among his hobbies, Russ loved to watch TV especially wrestling and westerns.  He was often found gambling at Fort Hall Casino.  He loved drinking beer, camping and spending time with his family.
Russ was preceded in death by the love of his life, Elizabeth (Cominskey) Wilke.  He is survived by children, Alice,  William, Kathy, Wesley, Fred, John, Russ, Florence, Doris and Sherry.
Russ’s family will greet friends at a viewing on Monday, February 13th at 9:30 AM at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, ID.  The funeral service will begin at 10:30 AM at the funeral home.  Graveside services will follow at Mt. View Cemetery, section 54 West. 

Lt. Col. Mary E. Barry

Lt. Col. Mary E. Barry

Lt. Col. Mary E. Barry, age 89, passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on February 3, 2017, at a local assisted living facility.  She is survived by her two brothers: William Barry (Norma) of Sandy, UT, and Robert Barry of Pocatello, ID.  She is also survived by loving nephew and nieces: Robert Barry, Sidney Barry, Becky Page, Leslie Thorley, and longtime friend Geri Barry Frost.
Mary graduated from Poky High in 1946, entered Nursing Training at the Pocatello General Hospital, graduating in 1949.  After working at several local hospitals she enlisted in the US Air Force in 1956.  Assigned to bases in Texas, Puerto Rico, California, Arkansas, Cameron Bay, Vietnam (during war time).
Mary was a recipient of and awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service, as well as combat ribbons.
She retired from the military in 1976 and returned to live in Pocatello.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
A private burial will be held, with a memorial service to take place this spring with full military honors.  Information will be forthcoming.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to an animal rescue organization of your choice.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Gables Assisted Living center for their many years of loving care and support.
Mary will be remembered for her generosity, total devotion to her pets and concern for all animals, as well as her dedication to feeding her birds, squirrels, and deer outside her window.
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Dennis Joseph Rosauer "Joe"

Dennis Joseph Rosauer "Joe", age 72, of Idaho Falls, Idaho passed away on November 26, 201616 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center due to sudden illness.  He was born February 20, 1944 in Louisville, KY.  Joe was raised in La Porte, IA and Hampton, IA where he graduated.  He continued on to Technical school receiving Saab certification.  He also received a Bachelor’s degree in computers.

His love was his children and grandchildren, racing cars, Saab automobiles, gardening, woodworking, helping others in need, movies and reading.

He was married to Vilma Rosauer

Dennis was preceeded in Death by: adoptive parents, Mabel and Buzz Rosauer. He is survived by Vilma Rosauer - wife, Danielle Beraneck - daughter (Chris), and step-children Jolene Oler (Casey, Justin Mohring, James Detiege (Amy), Mike Detiege (Jessica), Sheri Schaat (Joel) and 14 grandchildren.

Honoring Joe's wishes, full anatomical donation was made to help further and enhance education in the health care related areas of study.  Funeral Services were provided by Bishop Hillam, in Idaho Falls at the LDS church on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 1pm.

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Mary Barry

Mary Barry passed away on Feb 3, 2017 at the age of 89.  She lived at the Gables in Pocatello where she received loving care. Honoring her wishes, private burial will take place.  Military Rites at her grave will take place in the spring.  An obituary will be posted as it becomes available. Share memories by completing the condolence tabs.  

Lowell Dean Catesa

Lowell Dean Cates passed away following an illness at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho at the age of 73.  Honoring his wishes, Lowell will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  Inurnment will be in California at a later date.  Please share memories and condolences by completing the condolence tabsw.

Tommy G. George

Tommy G. George passed away on January 17, 2017 at the age of 89 at his home following an illness.  Honoring his wishes, Tommy will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello.  Please share memories and condolences by completing the condolence tabs.

Galia Vee Dodd

Galia Vee Dodd of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully at the age of 79 at Monte Vista Hills Health Care in Pocatello.  Honoring her wishes, Galia will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave. Pocatello.  Please share memories and condolences by completing the condolence tabs.  Services will be held at a later date.

Margaret Ella Guinn

Margaret, 81 was born on January 24, 1935 to Walter R. and Myrtle E. Monroe in Pocatello.  She was the youngest of seven children.  She attended schools in Pocatello.  Margaret married Billy “Bill” Jerry Guinn, together they had eight children, Terry, Randy, Danny, Jerry, Billy, Jenna, Larry and Leesa.  This union later ended in divorce.  Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, children Terry, Danny, Larry, Jenna, one granddaughter, and three great grandchildren.  She is survived by her children Randy and Debra, Jerry and Tonya, Billy and Nancy, Leesa, twelve grandchildren and twenty six great grandchildren.  She loved sharing time with her family.  You would always find her in her rocking chair knitting and singing praises to her LORD and SAVIOR Jesus Christ.  She will be missed by all that loved her.  We would like to thank the staff of Safe Haven Care Center of Pocatello and Encompass Home Health and Hospice for the loving care and kindness to our dear Mother.  The family will have a celebration of Mom’s Life and Love at a later date.

 

Elizabeth "Beth" A. Jordan

Elizabeth “Beth” Jordan passed away at the age of 69 following an illness at her home on Saturday, January 7, 2017.  Services are pending under the care of Downard Funeral Home. Please share memories and condolences by completing the condolences tabs.

Guillermo/William "Bill" Penagos Sr

January 25, 1932 - January 1, 2017
"He was a wonderful man with many names: Guillermo, William, Bill, Memo, Lito, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Father-in-Law, Tio, Hermano, Compadre & Friend."
Pocatello- William "Bill" Penagos, 84, passed away peacefully in his home with loving family members at his side, Sunday, January 1, 2017.
Bill was born January 25, 1932 in Cali, Colombia- the son of Arcesio Penagos and Augusta Van-Sciver Penagos. He came to the United States in the early 50's to attend school. While attending ISU, he met and later married Mary Murillo Zamaro in April of 1956. Bill and Mary's nine children are: Susan (Zamaro) Meeks, Albert Zamaro, Salvador Zamaro, Robert Zamaro, Elisa (Penagos) Lee, Pamela (Penagos) Anderson, William Jr. Penagos, Richard Penagos and Rebecca Penagos. The immediate family was extended with grandchildren, Robert Meeks and Michalene (Meeks) Hugues, growing up in the Penagos household.
Bill worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years and retired in 1992. He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather who put his family first and was a friend to all.
Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and adored his pets. He loved traveling and living life to the fullest. Bill was known for his great sense of humor, and enjoyed making music on his keyboard. Bill's favorite pastimes included sporting events, electronics, and music. He also loved to dance.
Surviving family are his wife Mary; daughters- Elisa, Pamela, and Rebecca; sons- Albert, Salvador, Robert, William Jr., Richard; brothers- Edgar and Carlo; and sister Ana. He has 17 Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters- Irma, Doris and Elisa; brothers- William, Arcesio, and Oscar; and daughter Susan.
He will be greatly missed, and forever loved by many. A viewing and rosary will be held January 6, 2017, 6 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Community Church (formerly St. Anthony Parish) 524 N. 7th Ave, Pocatello. The Funeral Mass will be held January 7th, 1 p.m. at the same location and the reception will follow.
 

Robert "Bob" Carl Flyg

Bob passed away following an illness at Elegant Living in Pocatello, Idaho on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.  Honoring his wishes, Bob will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home.  Memorial services will be announced at a later date.  An obituary will be posted as it becomes available.

Carol Patricia Spangler

Carol Patricia Spangler, 68, of Pocatello, Idaho passed away peacefully in her home on January 2, 2017 after a heroically-fought battle with cancer. Carol was born in Bremerton, Washington to Ove and Kathryn Evans (deceased). The Evans family, including Carol's two older brothers Bruce and Cody, soon relocated to southern California where Carol was raised and her love of the ocean was realized. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Dietetics and Child Development with Elementary Education certification. She then moved to Idaho where she received her Master's of Education in Exceptional Child from Idaho State University.
When she was a child, Carol wanted to be a cowgirl, however she traded in her spurs for a position with Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare as a Developmental Specialist and later as the Developmental Disabilities Supervisor.
She was a dedicated teacher and advocate for parents and children. During her career she touched the lives of so many people through her generous praise and positive reinforcement. She made the world a better, happier place and enriched the lives of all who knew her.
Carol had many passions including collecting antiques, reading, enjoying meals with loved ones, and spending time in her garden. She also loved to travel, and her journeys took her to Canada, Mexico, Australia, England, France, Norway, Jamaica, and, her absolute favorite location, Ireland.
Carol was truly happiest while walking her dog, especially if it was raining. Carol kept and shared many fond memories of her dogs throughout her life. Rufus, Ben, Shannie (D), Heidi, Nugget, Rose, and Ursa all lived on in her heart and her spirit is reunited with them now.
The joy of Carol's life was raising her daughter, Sara. Carol was absolutely the best mother in the world. She spared no effort or expense in providing her daughter with encouragement, healthy philosophies, and a preparatory education which culminated in a dream come true, Sara Spangler, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Carol's advice in life was to "live every day to the fullest, and not to let worrying wreck your day."
Carol requested a private memorial with her family. Her family wishes to thank all of those who provided love and support over the last few months and always. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at bestfriends.org.  
"May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand." -- Irish Blessing

Dovena Donvella Bickford

Dovena Donvella Bickford passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at St. Lukes Hospital in Boise, Idaho following an illness.  Honoring her wishes, full anatomical donation has been made to further and enhance research in the health care areas of study.  Please share your memories and condolences with Dovena's family by completing the condolence tabs

Marjorie W. Youngkin

Pocatello–Marjorie W. Youngkin passed away on December 28, 2016 at the age of 90 at Portneuf Medical Center. Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho 83204. (208) 233-0686.
 

Janet M. Foote

Janet M. Foote of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully at the age of 91 at Gateway Transitional Care in Pocatello on December 30, 2016.  Honoring her wishes, Janet will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  Graveside services will be announced soon.  Please share memories and condolences by completing the condolence tabs.

Kirk Richard Rodriguez

Kirk Richard Rodriguez, age 68, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2016.  He was born on March 5, 1948 in Independence, Louisiana to Amos Rodriguez Sr. and Veronica (Flott) Rodriguez.
Kirk served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict.  He then he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad as an Engineer.  Among his hobbies, Kirk enjoyed horses and tinkering on cars.
Kirk was preceded in death by both parents; a sister, Claudia Walters; and a brother, Kent Rodriguez.  He is survived by a brother, Kevin Rodriguez and a sister, Veronica (Allen) Williams all of Omaha, Nebraska; brother, Amos Rodriguez Jr of Pocatello, Idaho; as well as numerous nieces and nephews that will miss him dearly.  
 

Barbara Louise Madden

Pocatello–Barbara Louise Madden, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on December 27, 2016 at the age of 79 at her home in Pocatello. Please share memories and condolences by completing the condolence tabs.

David Kerry Valenty

David Kerry Valenty passed away at the age of 65 at his home following an extended illness.  Honoring his wishes, David will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  Please share memories and condolences by completing the online condolence tabs. 

Jarrod Metz

passed away peacefully on the morning of December 23, 2016 at his home.  He remained a faithful son, a caring brother and a loving uncle to the end.  Please share memories and condolences by completing the condolence tabs.

Jason Paul Iverson

Jason Paul Iverson, Pocatello, ID, died peacefully at his home following an extended illness on Dec. 1, 2016.  Honoring his wishes, he will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home.  The family will be holding private services at the funeral home.  Please share memories and condolences with the family by completing the condolence tabs.  A full obituary will be posted here as soon as it becomes available

Holly Lee Arnold Norton

March 10, 1971 - November 16, 2016
Holly Lee Arnold Norton passed away 11/16/16 after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by her loved ones. She was born March 10th, 1971 to Harlo and Judith Arnold. She was the baby of the family. She graduated from Pocatello High School in 1989. She worked hard throughout her life with her last place of employment being Costco where she made many friends. In April of 2003, she was blessed with her greatest accomplishment and joy, her daughter. She also had 3 stepchildren from a previous marriage whom she loved as if they were her own. Holly found many pleasures in life including camping, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. Her love of horses was her greatest passion. She was preceded in death by her parents Harlo Arnold and Judith Arnold, her brother Craig Arnold, and her nephew Jake Arnold. She is survived by her daughter Rachel Arnold, her brother Brett (Marla) Arnold, sisters Tawna (Jeff) Chandler, Susan (Dusty) Hensley, Nikki Verbeck, brothers Dan Arnold, Shane (Brandy) Arnold, many loving nieces and nephews, and her 3 stepchildren Kadee, EJ, and Steeli. Her family would like to give a special thanks to all of her coworkers at Costco and Alliance Home Health Care. Services will be held on Saturday December 3, 2016 at Rocky Mountain Ministries, 845 Hyde Ave., at 11:00 AM. Per Holly's wishes, she was cremated and there will be no viewing or graveside services. Arrangements are under the direction of Downard Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at gofundme.com under the title Rachel arnold college fund. - 

Betty J. Mitchell

Betty J. Mitchell, age 87, of Chubbuck, Idaho, passed away at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello on November 25, 2016.  The family will be holding private services.  Arrangements are under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave.  Please share memories and condolences with the family by completing the condolence tabs.

Sharon Lorrie Davis

Sharon Lorrie Davis, age 73, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away on November 19, 2016 at Safe Haven Care Center in Pocatello.  Honoring her wishes, Sharon will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave. Pocatello.  Please share memories and condolences with Sharon's family by completing the condolence tabs.

Hector Gustavo Marroquin

Hector Gustavo Marroquin, age 53, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away at Eastern Idaho Medical Center following a sudden illness.  Arrangements are under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho .  (208) 233-0686

Marcella Emily Rodriguez

Marcella Emily Rodriguez was born on May 14, 1939 in Penasco, New Mexico to Felipe Timoteo and Eliria Maestas. She passed away while being surrounded by her family on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at her home following a sudden illness. When she was a small girl, Marcella’s family moved from New Mexico to Wyoming until finally moving to Pocatello. She married Mike Rodriguez on July 3, 1957 in Blackfoot. They had three children, Carla Anna, Angela and Michalene and three grandchildren, Timothy, Ryan and Dani. Marcella was an amazing seamstress and quilter. She was great at crafts and an avid reader. Marcella was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.  Surviving Marcella are her daughters as well as her siblings, Anita Mercado, Delfina Seaton and Elmer Martinez.
A celebration of life will be held at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello on Saturday, November 12th at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, section 55 east at 2:30 PM.
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Robert Joseph Murray

Robert Joseph Murray, age 82, of Chubbuck, Idaho, passed away following a brave battle with cancer on Sunday, October 30, 2016.  Honoring his wishes, Robert will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home.  Friends may send memories and condolences to the family by completing the online condolences tabs.

Robert "Grif" Eugene Griffin

Rob “Grif” Griffin, age 65, was born in Pocatello, Idaho on March 23, 1951, to Gene and Margaret Griffin.  He died in the comfort of the home he shared with his son, Brian, daughter-in-law, Chandra and grandson, Jadon Griffin of Fort Hall on October 22, 2016 due to complication of cancer.
He was very proud to be a multi-generational Pocatellan; his family came west laying rails.
He was also thankful to be Irish.  You did not want to miss a St. Patrick’s Day at his and Julie’s house.  This party has been a continuous thing in his family since the 1890s.
Family tradition and heritage was always very important to Grif and he was always digging around to find more information of his family’s history in the Idaho he loved.  He and his late wife, Julie, both recently had their DNA analysis done.  What a trove of information that had given them both! It made Grif even more interested in his ancestors.  His ancestral families: The Cullen, the Johnston, the Talcott and even the Percivil family histories are chock full of interesting tidbits and facts.
In 1989, Rob found the love of a good woman, Julie Jorgensen (Griffin).  He recently lost her in March, to cancer.  He is survived by his daughter, Dawn (Richard) Cavenaugh, and their two children Morgan and Trey of the Carolinas.  His son, Brian (Chandra) Griffin, and their son Jadon of Fort Hall.  His mother and father, Gene and Margaret Griffin of Pocatello.  A sister Anne (Michael) Deuell of Pocatello.  A brother, Raymond Griffin of Oregon.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Julie and a sister, Jan. Rob will be missed by a very special nephew, Eli (Harmony) Jones, and their children Jeremy, Xander, Zoe and Elle.
Grif worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 42 years, following in the footsteps of family before him.  Most of those years were as a Yardmaster- the “Grump in the Hump”.  Like all Idahoans he enjoyed in his lifetime all the “uns” –“campun”, “fishun”, and “huntun”.
Grif appreciated good hard ball and found many ways to share his passion with his friends.  Whether it was ISU club ball, The Gems, The Giants, The Pioneers, The Posse or The Grays you would find him in their stands.  His mantra was always, “Atlanta first, the national league second, and anybody but the Yankees third”.  When his grandson was but moments old Rob whispered in his ear the first words the boy would ever hear from his Papa.  It was no real surprise for those present to find out that they were as follows: “In real baseball, the pitchers have to hit.”
In his last days on this earth Grif talked a lot about all the things he was thankful for.  Among them were: He was thankful to know the love of his faithful and beautiful wife, Julie.  He was thankful to grow up, raise a family, and enjoy all that our beautiful state, Idaho, has to offer.  He was thankful for the love and support of all his friends and extended family who had been such a support to him, especially after Julie’s passing, with calls, coffee dates, prayers, and lunches and dinners out.  He was thankful for his lifelong friend, Bob Puckett, who has been the friend that stuck closer than a brother.  He was thankful for his son, Brian, who didn’t hesitate to open his heart and life and provide a comfortable, enjoyable home for him in his last 7 months.  He was thankful for the care and love that his daughter-in-law, Chandra, gave him as he fought and succumbed to the cancer that plagued him for over 3 years.  He was thankful for his grandson, Jadon, who always had a funny story, crazy antics, or gentle tease to make his Papa laugh.  And, finally, he was thankful for “his” dog, Buddy, who was an ever faithful companion on many a lonely night. Buddy always kept the bed warm and always had some good advice for us all!
Grif will be missed greatly by all his many friends and family.  A Pocatello Grays game will not be the same without his leading all of us in the lively rendition of, “Sweet Caroline BOM, BOM, BOM.  Good times never seems SO GOOD, SO GOOD, SO GOOD” …
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Downard Funeral Home, in Pocatello, Idaho.  Services are follows:  The viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 25th 2016 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave.  Funeral Service will be Wednesday, October 26th at 10:30 AM at Pocatello Baptist Church 190 West Chapel Road in Pocatello, Idaho.  A private Interment Service will follow at a later date.
 

Christopher Midgyette

Sept. 9, 1952-May 18, 2016
A Memoral Service for Christopher Midgyette, who passed away on May 18, will be held on Saturday, October 29 at 4:00, at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th Ave. in Pocatello. In lieu of flowers, please make a tax-deductible contribution to the Christopher M. Midgyette Memorial Music Scholarship, through Musicians West, PO Box 1142, Pocatello ID 83204, or donate online at www.musicianswest.org.  Please complete the online condolence tabs to send memories and condolences to the family.

William Jake Ray

William Jake Ray “Bowevul” was born on May 10, 1960 in Weaverville, California to DeWanda Lois (McIntosh) Ray and Noble Leslie Ray.  He grew up in Redding, California where he received his education.  Bowevul lived in various states and then moved to Pocatello, Idaho in 2010.  He never married but had a full life hunting and fishing.  Most of his time was spent fishing with his best friend Muffy, his dog.  He was talented in wood working and made beautiful clocks.
Bowevul passed away on October 17, 2016 at home with his close family.
Bowevul was preceded in death by his parents, and his oldest sister, Kathy Sue.  He is survived by his brother, Nobles Leslie Ray Jr of Redding, California; sisters, Wanda May Marble, of Pocatello, Idaho, Robyn Lynn Stone of Susanville, California; brother, Ronnie Lynn Ray of Redding, California; aunt, Sharon (Larry) Wallace of Shasta Lake, California; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and those whom he cherished.
Honoring his wishes, Bowevul was cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello.  Services will be announced at a later date.  Friends who wish may send online memories and condolences to the family by completing the condolence tabs.  In lieu flowers friends may make contributions to the family to help defray funeral cost.     

Nathan "Nate" Wilcox

Nate Wilcox, age 37, passed away following an apparent heart attack at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho.  Honoring his wishes, Nate was cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave, Pocatello.  Memorial services will be held in Idaho Falls at the LDS Sandcreek 1st Ward chapel located at 885 South Boulevard at 11:00 A.M.  on Thursday, October 20th.

Russell Gettman

George "Russell" Gettman, passed away following an illness at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho.  Honoring his wishes, Russell will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave. Pocatello.  Services will be announced when they become available.  Friends who wish may send condolences to the Gettman family by completing the condolence tabs.

Mary Elizabeth Roice

Graveside services for Mary Elizabeth Roice will be held 11:00 A.M. on October 3, 2016 at Twin Falls Sunset Cemetery. She is the mother of Nancy (Roger) Wheeler of Pocatello. Friends who wish may send memories to Mary’s family by completing the online condolence tabs.

Dorothy Stensland

Dorothy Stensland, age 91, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following a sudden illness at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho.  Honoring her wishes, Dorothy will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral.  A full obituary will be in a future edition of the Idaho State Journal.  Friends may send memories and condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.

Helen Alexas Spradling

Helen Alexas Spradling age, 95, of Soda Springs, Idaho, passed away of causes natural to age at Spring Creek Manor in Soda Springs on September 9, 2016.  Honoring her wishes, Helen will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  Her cremains will be intered atWest End Cemetery in Buhl, Idaho.  Friends who wish may send memories and condolences to Helen's family by completing the online condolence tabs.

Merlin Nelson

A celebration of life for Merlin (age 73 born on August 5, 1943 and died August 27, 2016)will be held 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 2nd at Christ's Love Vineyard Church located at 2nd Ave and Benton St in Pocatello.  Friends who wish may send online memories and condolences to the family by completing the condolences tabs,

Robert O. Grubbs

Robert “Bob” Olin Grubbs, age 80, of West Magic, Idaho, passed away with his loving family with him at his home on August 23, 2016.  Honoring his wishes, full anatomical donation has been made to help further and enhance education in the health care areas of study.  Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.
 

Bruce Hanson

On August 11, 2016 Bruce Hanson, age 92, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully with his loving family surrounding him at his home.  Honoring his wishes, Bruce will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home.  A celebration of Bruce’s life will be announced soon.  Friends may send memories and condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.
 

Cole Blake Thiemann

Cole Blake Thiemann, the infant son of Kellan and Ashanty, was born silently on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Portneuf Medical Center, in Pocatello, Idaho.  Private arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  (208) 233-0686.  Friends may send online to the family be completing the online condolence tabs.

Melinda Elizabeth York

Melinda Elizabeth York, age 55, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following an illness on July 30, 2016 at Portneuf Medical Ceneter.  Arrangements are pending and will be announced soon.  Friends who wish may send online memories and condolences to Melinda's family by completing the online condolences tabs.

John Thomas Van Houten

John Thomas Van Houten, age 54, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 at his home following an illness.  Honoring John’s wishes, he will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home.  No public services are planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in John’s name to the POW-MIA, 5673 Columbia Pike, Suite 100, Falls Church, VA  22041
 

Lenee Godfrey

The family of Lenee Godfrey will receive friends at her graveside at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Pocatello on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.  followed by a celebration of Lenee’s life from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Cedar Hills Condo’s Club House on Cedar Hills Rd off of Bannock Hwy in Pocatello.

John S. Hale

John S. Hale, age 78, passed away peacefully at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Pocatello, Idaho on Friday, July 8, 2016.  Honoring his wishes, John will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello.  Interment of John's ashes will be at the Idaho State Veteran's Cemetery in Boise, Idaho.

James "Jim" Francis O'Hearn

James Francis O’Hearn, 72, of Lava Hot Springs, ID, died peacefully on July 5, 2016 at his home.  Honoring his wishes, Jim will be cremated.  A celebration of life will be held at 12 noon at his home, 8784 Victory View Rd in Lava on Saturday, July 16th.  Friends may send memories to the Jim’s family bycompleting the online condolence tabs.

Ronald George Wentz Jr

Ronald George Wentz Jr, age 49, of Lewistown, Pennsylvania, passed away at a local hospital following an illness on July 3, 2016.  Honoring the wishes of Ron, he will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, ID.  Friends may send may send online memories and condolences to Ron’s family by completing the online condolences tabs.
 

Vernon Diamond

Vernon Irvin Diamond, age 60, of Emmett, Idaho, passed away peacefully at his home on July 7, 2016.  Honoring his wishes, Vernon will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  Friends may send online memories condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.

Mark Thomas (Hart) Jacaway

Mark Jacaway, 53, of McCammon, Idaho passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 with his family by his side.  Mark was born to Kenneth and Cheryl Hart on October 19, 1962 in Fallon, Nevada.  He moved to Pocatello, Idaho with his family in 1967, and then to Soda Springs in 1970.  He graduated from the ISU diesel mechanics program in 1985 and worked as a diesel mechanic until 1988 when he assumed proprietorship of Jakes Wrecker and Towing Service in McCammon, Idaho.  Mark loved his business and would often say, “If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life!”  While operating his tow service, Mark was chairman of the towing association in this area for several years and was voted tow man of the year by the association.
He was married to Dalene Bowden and they were later divorced.  Mark and Dalene had two children, Mark Taylor and Tabitha Dalene.
Mark had many interest including riding Seadoos at Twin Lakes and other local waterways, as well as, snowmobiling, hunting, and salmon fishing in Alaska with his good friend Denney Jones.  However, his great passion was mud racing, of which he participated until just two weeks before his passing.
Mark is survived by his daughter Tabitha (Scott Murray), grandchildren Riley and Taylor, Pocatello, Idaho, Mother Cheryl Baird, (Jack), Ashton, Idaho, two sisters, Raelene Wassmuth, Pocatello, Idaho and Joni Kirkman, Monmouth, Illinois, his brother, Ken Hart, (Suzy) Pocatello, Idaho and many nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his son, Taylor, and his sister, Stacey Jacaway.
We would like to thank all of Mark’s friends for the outpouring of support he received, with a special thanks to the people from Soda Springs to Pocatello who have helped Mark fulfill his bucket list.  You are amazing…
More information will follow as to when a celebration of life in honor of Mark will be held.

Diane E. Cosens

Diane E. Cosens, age 77, of Pocatello, Idaho and formerly of Denver, Colorado, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family at her home on June 27, 2016.  Diane's family will receive friends at her viewing at Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho on Friday, July 1st from 6-8 PM.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00 A.M. at Gate City Baptist Church located at 500 West Maple in Pocatello.  Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, section 54 East.  Friends who wish may send online memories and condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.

Dale Kauffmann

Dale Kauffmann passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Caring Hearts Assisted Living Home.  Honoring his wishes, Dale will be cremated and memorial services will be announced soon by Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello.  Friends who wish may send online memories and condolences to the Kauffmann family by completing the online condolences tabs.

Kipp Hummel

Kipp Hummel, age 55, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away suddenly following a heart attack on May 27, 2016.  Honoring his wishes, Kipp will be cremated.  A full obituary will be posted here soon.  Friends may send memories and condolences to the family by completed the online condolence tabbs.

Walter J. Sullivan

Walter J. Sullivan, age 51, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully with close friends with him following an illness on May 18, 2016.  Honoring his wishes, Walter will be cremated under the care and direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  Friends may share memories and condolences by completing the online condolence tabs.

Lorraine Mavis Albertson

"Lorraine (Reinseth) Albertson, 80, of Pocatello, ID passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Surprise, AZ due to complications of cold agglutinin  disease.  Lorraine, born June 11, 1935 in Fairbanks, Alaska, was the only child of Obert and Violet Reinseth.  In 1944, Lorraine and her family moved from Fairbanks to Mount Vernon, WA.   In 1953, Lorraine graduated from high school and attended Oregon State University where she was an active member of the Delta Gamma sorority.  To this day, many of her closest friends are members of the sorority.  Lorraine met her husband, Max Albertson, while at Oregon State.  They finished college and were married on September 7, 1957.
They began their married life in Jerome, Idaho.  Then, in November of 1957, they moved to Fort Monmouth, NJ and on to Ft. Huachuca, Arizona where Max was a First Lieutenant in the US Army.  Lorraine worked as a clerk at Fort Huachuca until their daughter was born in 1959.  After Max’s military obligations were complete, the family moved 8 times while Max pursued his career in agricultural chemical sales.  In 1972, the family moved to Pocatello, where Lorraine lived until her death in April.
 Lorraine enjoyed raising her children, working part-time, volunteering and spending time with friends and family.  She enjoyed the outdoors and travelling.  She enjoyed camping, first by trailer and later by motorhome.  She enjoyed New Knowledge Adventure (NKA), playing bridge, volunteering at Portneuf Medical Center, and being involved in PEO.  She enjoyed visiting relatives in Washington and watching her grandsons at their various sporting and musical events.  Lorraine was very proud of her family and where she had come from.
Lorraine is survived by her husband Max, daughter Pam (Jim) Masciotra, son Mark (Erin) Albertson.  Grandchildren – Sean Albertson, Chris (Joni) Masciotra and Kelan Albertson
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Marshall Public Library.  Lorraine enjoyed the library and could be found there 2-3 times per week.  She was proud of the fact that she had had a library card since she was a little girl in Alaska."
Please send Lorraine's family your special memory and condolences by completing the condolence tabs.

Larry Fordyce

Larry Fordyce, age 76, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully at his home.  Honoring his wishes, he will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home.  Memorial services will be announced soon.  Friends who wish may send memories and online condolences to the family by completing the condolences tabs.

Charles Phillip Hawkes

Charles Phillip Hawkes, 86, of Chubbuck, Idaho, passed away on May 5, 2016 at a local assisted living center.  Honoring his wishes, Charles will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.

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Clarence William Ashby

Military Rites and services for Clarence William Ashby, age 91, will be 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Mountain View Cemetery, Section 25 West.  Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, Pocatello, Idaho.    

Keith Lynn Cutler

Keith Lynn Cutler, of Pocatello, ID, passed away peacefully at home on February 16, 2016.  Honoring Keith he will be cremated by Downard Funeral Home.  Memorial services will be Friday, Feb. 19th at 7:00 P.M. at Downard Funeral Home, 241 N Garfield Ave., Pocatello.  A full obituary will be posted here soon.  Friends may send online condolences and memories by completing the condolence tabs.

Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes, age 63, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away peacefully at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.  He died on February 24, 2016.  Services are pending and will posted here soon.

Danny Vernon Orr

Danny Vernon Orr, age 60, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following an illness at Portneuf Medical Center on March 29, 2016.  He was born on May 13, 1955 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to William Stewart Orr and Laura Mae (Sabin) Orr.  He grew mostly in Blackfoot where he received his education.  Danny served in the US Navy during the Vietnam Conflict.  Danny married Brenda Walters.  Together they had three children, April, Angie and Brandy.  This marriage later ended in divorce.  He then married Sheri Wanlass.  To this union they had one son, Brock Wanlass.  Following this marriage he married Julia Ayers.  They had a son, Jed.  Finally he met and married Danette Justesen.  They have been together 27 years.  Among his hobbies, Danny loved cooking, hunting, fishing and carving.
Danny was preceded in death by both parents.  He is survived by his children and siblings, Billie Ellsworth, Perry Orr, and Bobbie Staples.  He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
  Honoring his wishes, Danny will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  A full obituary will be posted at DownardFuneralHome.com.  Friends may send condolences to the family by completing the online condolence tabs.

 

Juanita Phillips

Juanita Phillips passed away following an illness on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at Ashley Manor in Pocatello.  Honoring her wishes, Juanita will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho.  No public services are currently being planned.  Friends may send online condolences to the family by completing the condolence tabs

Thomas Joseph Reed

Thomas Joseph Reed, 68, of Burley, Idaho, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016 following an illness at Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley.  Honoring his wishes, full anatomical donation has been made to help further education in the health field areas of study.  Arrangements are under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello.

Charles Henry Schwartz

Charles Henry Schwartz, age 71, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away following an illness on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Pocatello.  Honoring his wishes, Charles will be cremated under the care of Downard Funeral Home, 241 N. Garfield Ave., Pocatello.  There are no public services currently being planned.  Friends who wish may send memories and condolences to the Schwartz family by completing the condolences tabs.