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Larry Kelsey


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Larry Kelsey Obituary
Larry Morgan Kelsey, 78, of Blackfoot, passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017 at his home. 
Larry was born July 25, 1938 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Max Peter Kelsey and Willda Gay Morgan Kelsey.
Larry attended school in Shelley and graduated from Shelley High School. He loved playing football for the Russets. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Economics from Utah State University. Larry served his country in the United States Air Force Reserves with the desire to be a pilot at the Air Force base in Lakeland and San Antonio, Texas.
On March 23, 1962, Larry married Margaret "Maggie" Adams in Logan, Utah. They solemnized their marriage in Idaho Falls LDS Temple in 1966. Larry and Maggie came to Blackfoot in 1969 from Twin Falls, and have lived here ever since.
He worked for Swift & Company in Twin Falls then for American Oil Company who brought him to Blackfoot where he ran and ultimately owned Valley Farm Center. He finished his career as a Real Estate Broker, owning River Valley Real Estate.
Larry was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a counselor in the Bishopric, High Council, and as they created the new Rose 2nd Ward he was called as the first Bishop. He was a member of the Rotary Club and was Chairman of United Way.
In his free time, he enjoyed golfing, fly fishing, pheasant hunting and being outdoors. Larry enjoyed coaching Little League Football and had a love for art and made various bronze sculptures. He was an avid snow skier and taught all five of his children to love skiing.
Larry is survived by his wife, Maggie of Blackfoot; sons, Chris Kelsey of Clearfield, Utah, Scott Kelsey of Pocatello and Ryan (Shayla) Kelsey of Blackfoot; daughters, Suzanne (Daniel) Acevedo of Houston, Kari (Cory) Martin of Houston; brother, Lanny (Shirley) Kelsey of Anchorage, Alaska; sisters, Linda (Lloyd) Stanger and Ann Kelsey both of Idaho Falls and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Willda Kelsey.
A funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday, June 6 at the Blackfoot Sixth Ward with Bishop John Clapp conducting.
Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 5 at Hawker Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow in the Groveland Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on June 5, 2017
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