Harry Douglas French, 82, of Ashton, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Madison Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
He was born July 16, 1930, in Lamont, Idaho, to Harry W. and Elaine (Hill) French. He later moved to Roberts, where he began his schooling. After a short time, they moved back to Lamont, where he attended school and graduated from the eighth grade, getting to and from school skiing behind his dog team, of which he was very proud. He later attended Ashton High School.
He served in the engineering class of the U.S. Marine Corps as a PFC during the Korean conflict.
He married Darlene Swensen on July 8, 1951, in St. Anthony. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple on July 8, 1958. After their marriage, they made their home at Lamont, where they farmed and raised cattle alongside his parents. When their children were old enough to attend school, they made a second home in Marysville, Idaho, during the winter months, during which time he drove logging, long-haul and tanker trucks.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission to Independence, Mo., and was a temple officiator in both the Idaho Falls and Rexburg LDS Temples along with his wife, in addition to many other church callings. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and snowmobiler, and he enjoyed many pack trips to the mountains on horseback with his family and many good friends.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Ashton; children, Allan Douglas French of Nampa, Darin Brett (Jeanine) French of Rigby, Ryan David French of Rexburg, Lynn Wendell (Farrah) French of Cleburne, Texas, and Connie Darlene Smith, also of Cleburne; two sisters, Leona Mae Stanley of Kenai, Alaska, and Charlotte (Douglas) Hillam of Ashton; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Kevin Ernest French.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, at the Ashton 3rd Ward Chapel with Bishop Gary Marsden officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 27, at Baxter Funeral Home in Ashton, as well as from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church prior to services. Interment will be in Pineview Cemetery under the direction of Baxter Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www .baxterfh.com.