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Ellis LaMar Wilcox


1943 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Ellis LaMar Wilcox Obituary
After a living a remarkable life filled with love and service to his family, fellow men and Savior, Ellis LaMar Wilcox completed his earthly mission and peacefully returned to his Heavenly Father on February 28, 2016.
His life began on November 15, 1943, arriving as the only son amidst four sisters born to Ellis and Elsie Grover Wilcox. A farmer from birth, he spent his early years on the family farm learning a work ethic that would bless not only his life, but many others. He once said his favorite color was brown, like potatoes and dirt. Few things made him happier than having dirt under his nails from working, or potatoes on his plate.
He chose to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Alaska and Western Canada. This began a life filled with service in the church. He held many callings, and each gave him the opportunity to learn, grow and become closer to the Savior. His heart was filled with love for the youth at BYU-I and he found great joy serving as a Pathways Missionary and Patriarch with his wife by his side. He had an understanding of the importance of the temple and spent many happy hours in service there. He was constantly doing good, never looking for praise or fanfare, but always looking for an opportunity to gently lighten the load of those in need. He was a man of few words, but his quiet, service-filled life spoke volumes.
Aside from being a dedicated servant for his Father in Heaven, his greatest service was to his family. He married his eternal sweetheart, Judy Belnap, on May 31, 1968 in the Idaho Falls Temple. He loved her tenderly, and the bond they created leaves a legacy for all who were blessed to witness it. The love they shared soon expanded to include their children, and eventually grandchildren. He found his utmost joy in the company of his family. Countless cherished hours were spent playing ball, reading stories, taking rides on the lawn tractor and baking limitless batches of his famous chocolate chip cookies. This gentle giant loved his family fiercely. His strong hands blessed our lives and his loving embrace made everything better.
Those left to cherish his legacy include his beloved wife, Judy Belnap Wilcox, children: Wendy (Scott) Sorensen, Wade (Tami) Wilcox, Barrett (Meredith) Wilcox, Mikelle (Chad) Worthen, Kory (Kelsey) Wilcox, Shalee (Daniel) Brown, 25 grandchildren and one on the way, sisters: Sharon Anderson, Jan Wilcox and Mae Niederer, along with beloved brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.
Welcoming him home was a son, Kelly LaMar, granddaughter, Clarisa Sorensen, his parents, Ellis and Elsie Wilcox, and sister, Francis.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5th at the Rexburg South Stake Center. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Flamm Funeral Home and again on Saturday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment will be in the Thomas Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online to www.flammfh.com.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 5, 2016
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