Stanley Siems(1947 - 2014)

Stanley Wayne Siems returned to the loving arms of his Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, doing what he enjoyed most, working at Attic Annie's Antiques.

He was born April 21, 1947, to George Henry and Linnie Louise Simpson Siems at Eaton's Maternity Hospital in Shelley. He was the third child, joining a sister, Rosy, and a brother, George. He was raised in Shelley and attended all 12 grades there, graduating from Shelley High School in 1965. One of his fondest memories was going to the movies for 25 cents. It was 20 cents for the movie ticket, and a nickel for candy. He loved playing at the lavas and remembers getting lost at a birthday party while playing with friends.

He continued his education at Ricks College and BYU, graduating in 1970 with his teaching degree. While in Provo, his first two children were born. Stan started his teaching career in Las Vegas, going back to BYU for summer school until he earned his master's degree in vocational drafting.

Not wanting to start his first child in the school system in Nevada, he moved his family to Idaho without a job. Using great faith, Stan applied for a job with the Bonneville School District in Idaho Falls, and was given the opportunity to teach the rest of his career at Bonneville High School, and then moving to Hillcrest High School when it opened. He loved teaching. He loved his students. When he was asked what subject he taught, he replied, "I don't teach subjects, I teach students."

According to Stan, in his first month at Ricks College he was smitten by a tall, slender brown-eyed girl with long brown hair, and the rest is history. He married that girl, Ann Kathleen Robinson, three years later, on June 5, 1968, in the Idaho Falls Temple.

When they moved back to Idaho in 1974, there was a shortage of houses to rent or to buy. Finally, after much searching, a contractor said they could rent to own a new little house in Rigby. Stan and Kathy stayed in that house and added four more children to their family. With eight people now in the family, their house was crowded, so they moved south of Rigby to their present home.

Stan worked hard to provide for his family, often working two jobs so that Kathy could stay home with their children. He worked part-time for Albertsons and retired from Smith's Food Store in Idaho Falls.

Stan loved to learn and study. He loved to read and gain knowledge. It was very important to him that all of his children were given the opportunity to further their educations. As a result, his children love to read and learn as well. Whenever he needed an answer, he would search for that solution in a book, often finding those answers in the Bible. He found great peace there.

He got great pleasure running an antique store and learning about all the different items. He wished they could have told him where they had come from and who had owned them.

Stan is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, Susan Claire Siems of American Fork, Utah, Jason Bartholomew Siems of Olympia, Wash., Caleb Nathanael (Carrie) Siems of Boise, Lucas Valentine Siems of Pocatello, Joshua Moroni (Jessie) Siems of Shelley and Rebekah Ann (Joseph) Ostergar of Newdale, Idaho; brother, George (Vanece) Siems; and 14 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Louise Siems; in-laws, Clair and Phoebe Robinson; a sister, Rose Marie; brothers-in-law, Gary Christensen, J. Wendell Robinson and Terry Archibald; and twin great-granddaughters.

Stan was a very giving person, often helping people who were stranded needing a tire or a tank of gas. In lieu of flowers, please, as Stan would say, "Pay it Forward" to someone in need.

At his request, there will be no services.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Funeral Home

Coltrin Mortuary & Crematory
2100 East First Street Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 524-1000

Published in Post Register from July 25 to July 26, 2014