John Wallace Casper, 88, of Idaho Falls, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Idaho Falls.
He was born May 14, 1926, in Rigby to Clyde Wallace Casper and Ethel Mary Walker Casper. He was raised and attended schools in Rigby, graduating from Rigby High School.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for two years in the Medical Corps in San Francisco; he was honorably discharged in August 1946.
On July 31, 1948, he married Edythe Bright in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple; they were blessed with two daughters and four sons.
He continued his education at BYU and graduated in 1950. He worked as a chemist for American Cyanamid Company for three years before enrolling at Cornell University Medical College in New York City; he graduated with his medical degree in 1957. He then joined the public health service and served his internship on Staten Island. He was the medical officer in charge of Fort Totten Indian Health Clinic in Fort Totten, N.D.
In 1959, he was Bonneville County Physician and Public Health Director until 1965. He completed his residency in psychiatry from University of Utah in 1968; he then worked as a psychiatrist from January 1969 to June 2000.
John was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, camping and mountain climbing.
He is survived by his wife, Edythe B. Casper of Idaho Falls; daughters, Camille Blackburn of Ammon and Ruth (Kaycee) Byron of Idaho Falls; sons, John Bright (Susan) Casper of Boise, Kurt Walker (Lisa M.) Casper of Peoria, Ariz., and Thel Wallace (Lisa E.) Casper of Idaho Falls; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and other family members, Carol H. Casper, Duane Blackburn, Rebecca N. Casper, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, William Lloyd Casper; sister, Elaine Coy; brothers, William Lloyd Casper and Leon B Casper; and a great-granddaughter, Cordelia Ruth Casper.
John's greatest concern was the welfare of others; in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Idaho Falls Community Food Bank, 245 N. Placer Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Mountain View Ward LDS Chapel, 1459 Mountain View Lane in Idaho Falls. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Rigby Pioneer Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.