Jack Gardner

Ezra John Gardner, or "Jack," as we all know him, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013.

Jack was born to Leslie Gardner and Jennie Smith on Nov. 5, 1926, in Ucon. His parents, like many people back then, farmed for a living and Jack grew up doing everyday farm work with his family until Jan. 18, 1945, when the USA called Jack off to the Navy. He was a crew member of an oil tanker named the "Kennabego," until his honorable discharge Aug. 18, 1946.

Upon coming back to the states, Jack sought out his future wife, Violet Timson Clay, and soon thereafter they were married March 4, 1947. Jack provided for his family by working at Clark Concrete until he was called back to the service on Sept. 9, 1950. With only nine days' notice, Jack knew he had to go but did not want to leave his beloved wife, Violet, or his two daughters. Jack moved his family to Bremerton, Wash., where he was to be stationed for the rest of his enlistment.

In August 1951, Jack and Violet moved back to Idaho Falls with their two daughters, and Jack went back to work for Clark Concrete. The month following the move back to Idaho Falls, Jack and Violet were blessed with their son, Wayne. For several more years, Jack remained at Clark Concrete until he got a job for Jack Thomas Grain. Jack remained with the grain company, where he had many laughs and good times, for 32 years. In 1961, Jack and Violet were blessed with their third daughter, Diana.

After retiring, Jack and Violet decided to live life on the road, seeing friends and family everywhere. They enjoyed this lifestyle for 11 years until they had to call it quits due to health issues. Together, they bought a house in Caldwell, Idaho, and lived out the rest of their years in comfort and pleasure.

Jack is survived by four children, Linda, Leatha, Wayne and Diana; 20 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, and one great-granddaughter.

Jack was a hard worker, proud father and an even prouder grandfather and great-grandfather. Jack was never happier than when he was surrounded by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the LDS 32nd Ward, 651 Gladstone St. in Idaho Falls, with a viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday before services at the church. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery. Send condolences at www.bowmanfuneral.com.

Published in Post Register on July 2, 2013