Arthur H Dearing II of Sugar City passed away peacefully at his home Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
Arthur enjoyed a rich life filled with wonderful, diverse experiences. He was born in Managua, Nicaragua, to Arthur H Dearing and Frances Brown Dearing, where his father, a naval medical officer, was stationed.
He was raised on naval stations in the eastern and western parts of the United States, graduating from high school in Oakland, Calif.
Arthur served as a naval corpsman during the Korean War and was honorably discharged after four years of service.
Interest in the outdoors took him to Utah State University, where he graduated with a degree in zoology. While there, he met and married his first wife, Marilyn, and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Afterward, they moved to Danville, Calif., where Arthur began teaching school, an occupation he pursued for his career. During this time, the first three of Arthur's five sons were born, Arthur, Rodger and Daniel.
Upon Marilyn's untimely death, he returned to Utah, met and married Frances, his second wife, and eventually moved to Sugar City, Idaho, during which time two more sons joined the family, David and Kevin.
Arthur had a great interest in young people and not only taught school but was also an active leader in the Scouting program. He was honored many times for his years of dedicated service to Scouting.
He was active in his church, serving in many voluntary positions. With Frances, he served two full-time missions for the church, the first with the church education system in Mexico City at Benemerito de las Americas, where he taught English and English-related subjects, and the second in the Spain Barcelona Mission, where he both taught English and functioned as a branch president. His great love was working with the young missionaries, and he retained many friendships developed there.
Upon Frances' death, Arthur met and married Karen and has lived with her in Sugar City the past four years.
Arthur was a kind and gentle person, a good husband and father with an interest in developing friendships with both the old and the young. Next to his family and friends, his great love was the outdoors, where he spent many hours hunting, fishing and even working as a part-time lumberjack. To his delight, he drew for a second moose permit this past summer and announced to family members, "Once I have my moose, I'll be ready to go." His first wife, Marilyn Lind Dearing; his second wife, Frances Fiala Dearing; and his sister, Frances Dearing Anderson, preceded him in death.
His third wife, Karen Haws Dearing; his sister, Judy Dearing; his five sons, Arthur, Rodger, Daniel, David and Kevin; 19 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren survive him.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the LDS Chapel in Sugar City. A viewing will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg.