Howard Kelley Harper(1963 - 2014)

Howard Kelley Harper, 50, of Idaho Falls, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

He was born June 10, 1963, in Blackfoot to John J. Harper and Carolyn Hill Harper. He grew up and attended schools in the area, graduating from Blackfoot High School. He continued his education by attending Brigham Young University and finished his bachelor's degree at Idaho State University. He later received his Doctorate of Neuropsychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno, Calif.

On April 26, 1985, he married his high school sweetheart, Sheri Evans, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Dr. Harper worked as a psychologist at EIRMC. He also volunteered with Help, Inc.

Howard was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served an LDS mission in Oakland, Calif., teaching the Vietnamese people. He also served in Primary, Sunday School, Young Men's, and as Bishop of the Shamrock Park Ward.

He enjoyed watching BYU sports, boating, fishing, waterskiing and especially enjoyed watching his son play sports.

He is survived by his wife, Sheri Harper; son, Nicholas Harper; and daughter, Holly Harper, all of Idaho Falls; his parents, John and Carolyn Harper of Blackfoot; three brothers, Steven (Jennifer) Harper of Provo, Utah, David (Elaine) Harper of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Matthew (Cristall) Harper of American Fork, Utah; and five sisters, Marianne (Don) Ballash of South Jordan, Utah, Janalyn (Fred) Kesler of Meridian, Idaho, Carolee (Stewart) Smith of Rockford, Idaho, Melodee (Mike) Trentmen of Auburn, Calif., and Rebecca (David) Crockett of South Jordan, Utah.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Harper (Cherie Clawson).

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 9, at the Idaho Falls LDS Shamrock Park Ward, 3195 S. Holmes Ave., with Bishop Jay Hildebrandt officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Funeral Home

Wood Funeral Home
273 North Ridge Avenue Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 522-2751

Published in Post Register on May 7, 2014