Errol Wayne Tibbitts, 76, of Rigby, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Life Care Center of Idaho Falls.
He was born Nov. 19, 1937, in Rigby to Wayne E. Tibbitts and LaRetta Jones Tibbitts. He was the only son in the family, with two sisters, Barbara Jones and Marjorie Smith. He was raised in Lorenzo on the family farm, where he was taught the value of hard work. He attended grade school in Lorenzo and Rigby, and graduated from Rigby High School in 1955; he also received an associate's degree from Ricks College.
Errol served a mission in his youth from 1958 to 1960 to the Northern States Mission. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard.
Errol married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Graham, on May 6, 1960, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They have seven children: Kim (Audrey) of Ogden, Utah, Todd (Teresa) of Salmon, Idaho, Craig (Nancy) of Idaho Falls, Mitch (Jill) of Farmington, Utah, LaRetta (Dalan) Madsen of St. George, Utah, Russ (Natalie) of Morgan, Utah, and Tom (Kate) of Rigby. They have 37 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
His banking career commenced in Idaho Falls in 1963 at Idaho First National Bank; he transferred to Rigby as assistant manager in 1968, then to Idaho Falls in 1974. In 1977, he graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School. In 1982, he transferred back to Rigby as branch manager. He retired from West One Bank in 1996 and has since thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years.
Errol was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he served as a home teacher, high counselor, bishop, finance clerk, stake president counselor, gospel doctrine teacher, as a temple officiator in the Idaho Falls Temple for over 10 years, and he and his wife served in the West Virginia Charleston Mission. He was also a devoted and supportive Scouter, served as Scoutmaster and graduated from Wood Badge in 1989. He also served as president of the Rotary Club from 1990 to 1991.
Errol loved fishing and was known to say, "a day spent not fishing is a day wasted." He enjoyed taking drives with his family to places such as Ashton and Yellowstone Park to observe wildlife and the wonders of nature. He was devoted to serving others.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his older sister, Marjorie.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the LaBelle 1st Ward LDS Chapel, 4223 E. 528 North in Rigby, with Bishop Jeff Grover conducting. The family will visit with friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery under the direction of Eckersell Memorial Chapel.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.