DAYTON, Idaho - Sherwin Joseph Atkinson, 83, died June 30, 2012, at the Heritage Home in Preston, Idaho. He was born on Mother's Day, May 12, 1929, in Dayton, Idaho, to Mabel Deem Law and Earl Joseph Atkinson. He was the fourth in a family of five children. He married Elva Kerr on Friday, the 13th of December, 1963, in the Logan LDS Temple.
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Sherwin attended elementary school in Dayton, high school in Weston until that school was destroyed by fire, then finished high school in Clifton. He graduated from high school and seminary in May of 1947. He served in the Central Atlantic States mission from June 1950 to June 1952.
He graduated from Utah State Agricultural College (USU) with a degree in poultry husbandry and worked for three years as a research assistant in Poultry Husbandry at Western Washington Experiment Station in Puyallup, Wash., then later as a research associate in Poultry Husbandry at Utah State University until he retired in 1992.
Sherwin was active in the LDS Church, serving as a home teacher and Sunday School teacher for many years. He received the Master M-Man award and was Scoutmaster for more than 10 years. He was financial clerk in the Dayton Ward for 11 years.
Sherwin is survived by his wife, Elva; by Ivan Joseph (Virginia) Atkinson of Lincoln City, Ore.; Linda Kerr (Blaine) Norris of West Fielding, Utah; Elva Diane (John) Malmquist of Nibley, Utah; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; by a brother, Melvin; sisters, Erline (Walter LeGrand) Whipple, Joyce Atkinson, and Frances Myrtle (Henry) Berghout; and by a grandson, Arland Norris.
Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, July 6, in the Dayton Ward Chapel with Bishop G. Wesley Beutler conducting. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 East, Preston, Idaho, and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment will be in the Dayton, Idaho, Cemetery.
The family expresses thanks to the employees of Heritage Home and the staff of Access Home Care and Hospice, and especially to Thelma Roley, for their tender and loving care. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com.
Published in Logan Herald Journal from July 3 to July 5, 2012