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Cecil LeRoy Fawcett


1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Cecil LeRoy Fawcett Obituary
Cecil LeRoy Fawcett, loving husband, devoted and caring father, and "grandpa perfect" passed peacefully to his eternal home on Saturday, March 26, 2016.
Cecil was born on January 23, 1929 in Basalt, Idaho to Henry Ernest and Arvilla Dye Fawcett. Cecil was the second child, and only boy, of three children born to Ernest and Arvilla Fawcett. Cecil attended schools in Basalt, Mackay, and Ashton. He graduated early as a junior from Idaho Falls High School in 1946. Cecil was active in the school band program from third grade through high school. He loved music, airplanes, and trains. His favorite past time was looking up in the sky watching for planes or finding shapes in the large, puffy clouds.
Cecil joined the National Guard in 1947 because it seemed like something fun to do. In 1950 the National Guard was changed to the United States Army Reserve and Cecil progressed through the ranks, retiring as a Lt. Colonel after 37 years of service. Cecil's service included active duty during the Korean War
Cecil met the love of his life, A. Bernice Butler at a party in Shelley, Idaho. They soon became inseparable and they were married May 16, 1948 at Ernest and Arvilla Fawcett's home. They were sealed as an eternal couple and family on January 23, 1950. Cecil was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities, including several bishoprics, and in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Cecil and Bernice always wanted a family and even when they were told they wouldn't be able to have any more children, their faith in our Heavenly Father sustained them in fulfilling their dream. Cecil was the greatest father to six sons and two daughters: Dan (Betty) Fawcett of Blackfoot, ID; Rick (Shana) Fawcett of Pocatello, ID; Merlin Fawcett (Deceased); David (Jane) Fawcett of Lehi, UT; Linda (Rod) Mattson of Blackfoot, ID; Richard (Lorna) Fawcett of Blackfoot, ID; Robert (Christina) Fawcett of Yakima, WA; and Pat (Shane) Hart of Lander, WY.   
Cecil provided for his family in many technical careers. He worked for the INL site as a Design Engineer from 1955-1966. Moving to Blackfoot and working for American Potato from 1966 to 1977. Cecil then returned to the INL where he worked until his retirement. Cecil was very artistic and enjoyed creating intricately designed clocks and wall hangings that his family will enjoy the rest of their lives.
Cecil was preceded in death by his son Merlin LeRoy, his sister Dorothy, his mother Arvilla Dye Fawcett, his father, Henry Ernest Fawcett and his sister Juanita June Emerick. He is survived by his wife, Bernice; sons; Dan, Rick, David, Richard, Robert and daughters, Linda and Pat. Cecil was known as "grandpa perfect" to his 25 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren because whenever they asked how he was feeling today he would always answer "perfect". Cecil was an honest, genuine, person who loved his family unconditionally.  
A viewing for Cecil is scheduled at Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 30 with family meeting at 1 p.m. and the memorial service starting at 2 p.m. at the Groveland LDS Church. Burial will be at the Ammon Cemetery after the memorial service. In honor of our dad, we would like to encourage support and respect for our troops and veterans who have served our country.  Condolences may be sent online to: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 30, 2016
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