William Arthur Empey, 76, of Shelley, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at his home with his family around him.
He was born Aug. 30, 1937, in Idaho Falls, the son of Arthur Phillip Empey and Edna Day Empey. He grew up in Idaho Falls. In 1955, he graduated from Idaho Falls High School.
He earned an associate degree from Ricks College and then did a five-year apprenticeship through Local 648, the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. He was a member of the local union for more than 50 years. Bill worked on the Alaskan pipeline from 1973 to 1975 and then continued working throughout the United States in his trade. He worked about 10 years for the Greenfield Water Board.
Besides living in Shelley, Bill and his family lived in Ammon and Idaho Falls.
Bill was married twice prior to his marriage June 9, 1980, to Carla Fae Adams in Reno, Nev.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was currently a member of the Mountain Ward in Shelley.
Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, football, doing yardwork, riding and breaking horses, horse racing and traveling.
Bill expressed his feelings for his wife and children by saying with a grin on his face, "I would not trade you for the best white Jack-ass in town." Bill is survived by his wife, Carla Empey of Shelley; daughters, Roni (Kyle) Searle of Idaho Falls, Katrina (Dan) Hunt of Ammon and Sara Empey of Idaho Falls; sons, Danny (Amy) Empey and Don (Cindy) Empey, both of Idaho Falls, Michael (Amy) Empey of South Jordan, Utah, and Lance Empey of Idaho Falls; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Keith and Larry; and sisters, May and Myrna.
Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, Feb. 1, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls, with Bishop Casey Huntsman officiating. The family will visit with friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, and from 11 a.m. until time of services Saturday, both times at the mortuary. Burial will be in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bill's name to the
. The family thanks you.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.coltrinmortuary.com.