JoAnn Logan Laing, 68, of Ammon, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, after an 18-month struggle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born in Lovell, Wyo., to Joseph and Vesta Logan on July 1, 1945.
After graduation from Lovell High School in 1963, she attended Billings Business College for a semester, before following her fiancé to Logan, Utah.
She married Richard "Rick" Laing on Sept. 11, 1964, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together they returned to Logan to begin their life together. While Rick earned his degree in aeronautics, she earned her PHT (Putting Hubby Through) degree from Utah State University by working in the USU Controller's office. After graduation, she followed her husband as his career took them to live in many places around the United States. They eventually settled in Idaho Falls in 1986.
JoAnn's early desire was to be a wife and homemaker and have a large family, since she was 11 years younger than her sister and had been raised alone. She fulfilled that desire and was a dedicated and loving wife, homemaker and mother -- bearing eight children, who, in turn, blessed her with 33 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored. She left a great legacy of love – spending her life in selfless, graceful service to everyone around her.
She enjoyed spending time with her family (especially grandkids) camping, painting, sewing, and piano and recently began learning how to play the mandolin.
She was always a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings, including the president of Relief Society, Young Women and Primary, as well as a counselor and a teacher. She and her husband served a two-year mission in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as a one-year mission at the LDS Church History Library in Salt Lake City.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
JoAnn is survived by her husband, Richard Laing; and children: Eric (Nancy) Laing, Pollyanne (Eric) Walker, Dan (Donna) Laing and Johnny (Kindra) Laing, all of Idaho Falls, Joseph (Heidi) Laing of Pleasant View, Utah, Kelly (Heather) Laing of Silverdale, Wash., Clinton (Mylie) Laing of Thatcher, Utah, and H. Logan (Stacy) Laing of Mountain Home; and sisters, Betty (Clay) Boyd of Pleasant Grove, Utah, and Josephine (Bob) Johnston of Rialto, Calif.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, at the Ammon 23rd LDS Ward, 4030 John Adams Parkway in Ammon. Bishop Chad Murdock will be conducting the funeral service. Family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls, and for one hour Wednesday prior to services at the church. Internment will be at Ammon Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com.