Edward (Ted) Moser Hess left this earthly life on July 12, 2013, after a courageous two year battle with lymphoma. He was born on July 16, 1935, in Preston, Idaho, to Lewis and Orvilla Hess and spent his very early years in Clifton, Idaho. At the age of 9 his family moved to Nampa where he attended junior high and high school. Ted was well liked and respected by his peers and was elected to be president of his junior class. After graduating from Nampa High School in 1953, Ted served briefly in the military. After an honorable discharge he began working for the railroad while attending school first at Brigham Young University and then the University of Utah.
In 1959 Ted married Shirley Garrison and they had four children. He continued to work and pursue his education eventually earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and later an MBA. In 1970 he took his family overseas to work as a civilian contractor for the US government in Germany until 1976. While there he established a connection with, and love of, Germany and much of Europe. Prior to returning to the States Ted and Shirley had separated and ultimately divorced.
In 1977 Ted met and fell in love with Marilyn
Swensen. On April 20, 1978, they were married and sealed in the Provo, Utah Temple. They lived briefly in Provo and then moved to Nampa where they continued the upbringing of six of their nine children. They continued to live in Nampa until the time of his death.
Ted's life was a full one. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, both as a participant and a spectator. Many hours were spent in the out of doors fishing, hiking, camping, and even skiing. Those who know him well also know of the many hours spent in his den studying, reading the paper, watching the news, or doing something important on his computer. Ted was also known to take an occasional trip to Europe with Marilyn to show her around and visit her family members living there. He had a successful and productive career in the electronics industry where he used both his engineering and business degrees. He worked for several years in the electronics division of General Motors in Milwaukee. He spent the last 20 years of his career working for Hewlett-Packard, retiring in 2000.
Ted was a dedicated and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many leadership positions and was always willing to offer his time and talents wherever and whenever they were needed. After retiring Ted served a full-time mission with Marilyn in Samoa. They both grew to love and appreciate the Samoan people and culture tremendously. This was one of the most satisfying and fulfilling times in his life. Following their mission they became deeply involved in genealogy and family history. For eight years Ted served as the Area Director for the church's family history program and was in charge of many teaching and training seminars.
In life, Ted was an amazing husband, father, brother, and friend. He was the epitome of kindness, consideration, love, and support to those around him. We will cherish the time spent and the memories created with this great man. He was an example of courage and dignity to the very end and for that we are all grateful and proud.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, children Mike (Theresa), Greg, Johnna (Lars), Garrison (Christina), Mark (Lisa), Scott (Tonya), Anne (Todd), John (Wendy), and Kristen (John). He was preceded in death by both parents and his older sister, Barbara.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 11:00 am in the Nampa North LDS Stake Center, 6111 Birch Lane, Nampa. A viewing will be held for family and friends on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 6pm-8pm and also on Wednesday morning from 9:30am-10:45am, both at the Stake Center location. Interment will be in the Kohlerlawn Cemetery, located in Nampa. In lieu of flowers please donate to the missionary fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Arrangements are under the direction of Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 467-7300
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 16, 2013