Duane Wallace Bishop, 85, passed away peacefully in Idaho Falls on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was surrounded by his loving family and was reunited with his son, Tom, and daughter, Lanette, who were waiting to greet him with open arms. Duane was a humble, dedicated and dependable man who was devoted to his wife, children, family and friends.
Duane was born July 30, 1928, in Orem, Utah, to Angus Henry and Della Mae Mecham Bishop. He was the old- est of 10 children. Duane grew up in Oregon and Utah and graduated from Payson High School. He served a mission for the LDS church in the Great Lakes Mission.
Duane married Dorothy Wright in the Salt Lake Temple on Aug. 7, 1952. They were the parents of seven children. Duane moved his young family from Blanding, Utah, to the San Diego area, where he worked for Enniss Steel for most of his working years. He and Dorothy left California and moved to Utah, and eventually to Idaho, where he spent the rest of his life.
Duane was an active member of the LDS church and served in many capacities, including bishoprics, High Priest leadership, ward and stake missionary, and temple ordinance worker with his wife, his most loved calling. He also loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He spent several years as a river boatman on the Colorado River.
Duane is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy, of Idaho Falls; daughters, DonEla (Fred) Sandlin of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Diane (Clifton) Kerbs of Rigby, Beverly (Craig) Woods of Globe, Ariz., and Stacy (Michael) Brooks of Highland, Utah; son, Russell (Ronda) Bishop of Idaho Falls; daughter-in-law, Ann Bishop of West Chester, Ohio; brothers, Floyd (Nyda) Bishop of Manti, Utah, Dean (Nona Kay) Bishop, Loran (Edith) Bishop, and Dennis (Debbie, deceased) Bishop, all of Payson, Utah, Neil (Dixie, deceased) Bishop of Salt Lake City, Kieth (Nora Jean) of Bountiful, Utah, Clyde (Charleen) Bishop of Burley, and Claude Bishop of Merced, Calif.; sister, Kolleen (Brent) Ekins of Spanish Fork, Utah; 26 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Angus Henry and Della Mae Bishop; a son, Tom Bishop; and a daughter, Lanette Bishop.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the LDS South Chapel in Blanding, Utah. The family will visit with friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. before services Thursday at the San Juan Mortuary, 370 S. Main St. in Blanding. Interment will be in Blanding Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com.