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7/17/1954 - 4/25/2014
Kevin Earl Killian, 59, of Pocatello and formerly of Idaho Falls, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, at Portneuf Medical Center of complications of myclomeningocele, a form of spina bifada.
He was born July 17, 1954, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the son of Harvey Elmer Killian Jr. and Alta Harper Killian. Kevin survived his first surgery at the tender age of 24 hours old and survived his final surgery just hours before God called him home. Kevin grew up in Idaho Falls; however, in the first years of his life, he spent a great deal of time at the Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.
He attended Skyline High School and graduated in 1973. He furthered his education at Utah State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree of Fine Art in Art.
Besides living in Idaho Falls, he lived in Page, Arizona and for the last thirty years in Pocatello where he was self-employed as an artist. He was employed at various times by the INEL; Harris Publishing; a custom designed T-shirt shop in Idaho Falls and even owned his own art business called, The Art Box.
Kevin served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Arizona among the Navajo and Hopi Indians.
He was active in C.W.H.O.G. (Community Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group), helping others with handicaps realize their dreams of playing basketball, camping, fishing, water and snow skiing, kayaking, rubber rafting, and barbecuing. You name it-he did it and so did they.
One of Kevin's defining characteristics was his passion for life and living. He owned his own horse and "Dandy King" would take him into the back country where he loved to observe and paint nature at its finest. He eventually had to sell "Dandy King" but then he obtained a recumbent bike and traveled the country. "Been there, done that."
Kevin is survived by the following: his father, Harvey E. Killian of Idaho Falls; brother: H. Val (Lynne) Killian of Lindon, Utah; sisters: Arné (Lyle) Omanson and Ann Killian both of Idaho Falls, and a sister-in-law, Marie Hancey Killian of Kaysville, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Alta Killian, and a brother, William Todd Killian.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Idaho Falls LDS 10th Ward Chapel, 1200 Dunbar Dr. Idaho Falls. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to Primary Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 58249, Salt Lake City, Utah 84158-0249 or online at https://primarychildrens.thankyou4caring.org or C.W.H.O.G., Idaho State University Outdoor Adventure Center, P.O. Box 8128; Pocatello, Idaho 83209.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com
Coltrin Mortuary & Crematory
2100 East First Street Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Published in Idaho State Journal on Apr. 29, 2014