Kay James Allred, 85, of Shelley, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
Kay was born in Paris, Idaho, on June 4, 1927, to Fenton Reel Allred and Sybil Sparks on his dad's 26th birth-day. He attended school in Paris. He was active in student government and earned varsity letters in three sports. Kay grew up on a beef ranch where the work was done by hand, with the help of horses. Tractors did not arrive on the farm until 1944.
After graduating from Fielding High School in 1945, Kay was drafted into the Army, serving at Camp Roberts, Fort Ord, Camp Stoneman and Fort Lewis as a private in Company E, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged.
Kay married Donna Heninger in April 1947. A daughter, Beverly, was born in August 1953. They later divorced.
Kay attended the American Academy of Horology during 1948 and 1949 and became a Certified Master Watchmaker. He worked 36 years as a bench jeweler and in retail jewelry management.
While working in American Fork, Utah, Kay met a kind and compassionate lady, Beth Faddis Powelson. After a three-month courtship, they were married April 14, 1956. He became an "Instant Dad" to Beth's five children: Joy, Bruce, Brent, Diane and Kelly, ranging in age from 8 years to 18 months. A son, Stan, was born in June 1959. Kay and Beth were later sealed for time and eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Kay and Beth enjoyed 56 years in a loving partnership. While raising their family, they traveled by station wagon throughout Idaho and Utah, as well as longer trips to Louisville, Ky.; Dallas; Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Disneyland. He was known for choosing back roads for "short cuts." Kay was active in his community. He served in the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Rotary Club and on the Montpelier City Council. He served as president of the Bear Lake Jaycees and national director of the Idaho Jaycees. He is JCI International Senator No. 4069.
Kay joined his dad's cattle operation in 1957. They purchased property east of Bennington, Idaho, in 1967 and engineered a gravity flow irrigation system for the 125 acres of farm ground.
Kay is survived by his loving wife, Beth; children, Joy (Merlin) Price of Shelley, Bruce "Strawberry" (Debbie) Powelson of Draper, Utah, Brent (Margo) Powelson of Logan, Utah, Diane (Curt) Sandau of Lewiston, Idaho, Beverly (Gary) Archibald of Chubbuck, Idaho, Kelly (Evah Ann) Powelson of West Richland, Wash., and Stan (Mary) Allred of Richland, Wash.; sister, Verna (Reed, deceased) Jensen; 34 grandchildren; and 48 great-grandchildren.
Kay was preceded in death by his parents and by great-grandchildren, Grace Allred and Lyle Gowey.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Shelley First Ward, 184 N. Park. A viewing will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at Bennington Cemetery, with military rites.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.