On Jan. 29, after a 24-year-battle with cancer, Florin Max Rose passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born April 28, 1925, in Hyrum, Utah, the seventh of 12 children.
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Prior to graduating from South Cache High School, he married Shirley Hall in Preston, Idaho, and their marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple in December 1943. Next month, they would have been married 70 years.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army in November 1943 during World War II and was in the second wave of infantrymen when the Allies invaded Omaha Beach in June 1944. He was in combat on the front lines for 179 days, fought in four major battles and was later wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart. He was a strong defender and patriot of his country who understood the deep symbolic value of the American flag and all it represented.
After the end of WWII, he attended Utah State University, but the pressures of providing for a growing family forced him to leave and seek full-time employment. He was employed and self-employed variously as a rancher, vineyard-man, dairyman, crane operator, auto parts man, and behavior modification specialist.
He was a skilled outdoorsman, an excellent marksman, a tireless hunter and an accomplished fly fisherman. He was an amazing gardener who regularly grew beautiful flowers and luscious vegetables and fruits. He cherished nature and his life in the outdoors and he loved his visits to Alaska where he caught and released many grayling, salmon, and trout (much to their relief), later mounting a 58-pound king salmon for his den. An ingenious improviser, he could fix or self-manufacture virtually anything. He had a beautiful tenor voice and sang the lead in the Mikado and the Pirates of Penzance operas in local productions in California. He loved music, especially country-western music and also loved dancing with Shirley, and together they earned their "Night Owl" badge in Fun Stars.
A devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in a variety of positions including counselor to two bishops, stake executive secretary, high priest group leader, Scoutmaster (his personal favorite), Seminary teacher, ward clerk, dance director and many other positions. He had a strong and vibrant knowledge of his Heavenly Father and a stirring testimony of Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife Shirley; four children, Douglas, Kristine, Michael and Maren, all of whom completed undergraduate and graduate degrees under parental duress; eleven grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
We are especially grateful for the hundreds of hours of compassionate service rendered to Dad over the years by Preston 1st Ward members. Special thanks also to the staff of Access Hospice, Dr. Beckstead, Dr. Stones and Dr. Ben-Jacob who helped him remain comfortable over the last few weeks of his life.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Preston 1st Ward chapel, 213 S. 1st East in Preston, Idaho. Friends may visit the family from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the church prior to the funeral service. Interment will be later that day in the Wellsville Cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com.
Published in Logan Herald Journal from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2013