James "Herb" Herbert Harrop, 86, of Idaho Falls, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Safe Haven Assisted Living Center in Pocatello.
Herb was born March 29, 1927, in Ririe to Joseph Harrop and May Miller Harrop, the sixth of seven children. He attended elementary and high school in Ririe. He graduated from Ricks College in Rexburg with a Bachelor of Science degree.
From 1945 to 1947, he served in the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier USS Antietam on the island of Guam.
He married Ruth Warner Harmer on July 9, 1977. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
He taught school at Rigby Elementary, Central Junior High and Eagle Rock Junior High. He was president of the Sixth District Classroom Teachers, an active member of IFEA and a lifetime member of NEA.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous callings and positions, including several bishoprics and as a temple officiator.
He was an avid fisherman and rock hound. He taught 4-H and Boy Scouts. He was a master gardener with a particular love of roses.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wren, Clyde, Roland, Marion and Thomas; and one sister, Margaret.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth; five stepchildren, Marvin (Peggy) Harmer of Two Harbors, Minn., Gordon (Gloria) Harmer of Pocatello, Karen (Rick) Gokey and Douglas (Adrienne) Harmer, both of Idaho Falls, and Maryln Harmer of Park City, Utah; and numerous step-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund through your ward.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at the LDS church, 3721 Shadow Mountain Trail in Idaho Falls. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, May 24, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls, and Saturday for one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www .coltrinmortuary.com.