Theodore Staten "Ted" Bohn returned to our Heavenly Father after his six-year battle with colon cancer Friday, February 21, 2014, at his home in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with loved ones by his side.
He will be greatly missed by all who ever knew him, especially his loving wife, Sherry. What a strength he was to all that knew him.
Ted was born on September 27, 1937, to Theodore and Henrietta Staten Bohn in Beaver, Utah. His father was a local attorney, and they lived across from the courthouse. When Ted was 5 years old, his family moved to Ogden, Utah, where his father was a Northern Utah Judge.
Ted was always curious about scientific things. He and his friends had fun building various rockets and blasting them off to see where they would land. Ted told of an incident where his rocket ended up in the middle of a Hill Air Force Base training exercise -- a bit of an awkward situation for his father, who was looking on.
When Ted was old enough, he decided to go on an LDS mission. He was called by David O. McKay to the Atlanta Georgia Southern States Mission, where he had much success. Upon his return home to Utah, he went to Brigham Young University, where he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Physics.
In 1964, he met his sweetheart, Sherrill "Sherry" Christopherson of The Dalles, Oregon, while attending BYU. They were married on September 9, 1964, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.
While living in Provo, their first son, Theodore III "Todd" Bohn was born. They then moved to Livermore, California, where Ted worked as a Nuclear Physicist at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Their daughter, Trina Rae, was born there. Ted then decided to work on his doctorate at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. While living there, their son, Jeffrey David, was born. Once his doctorate was completed, the family moved back to Livermore, California, where their son, Bradley Nephi, was born.
After working in Livermore, researching nuclear weapons for six years, Ted had a job opportunity in Orlando, Florida, at Martin Marietta working on the Sprint Missile. He had always wanted to go back to where he had served his mission, so the family decided to move there. They enjoyed living there for four years, at which time their son, Spencer William, was born. That job was completed in December of 1974.
They decided to move west again and ended up at the INEL Site near Idaho Falls, Idaho. Ted and his family have enjoyed living there ever since. Their home for 20 years was in Ammon, where their youngest daughter, Sharisse Annette, was born. They raised all six of their children there, where they attended the Ammon 5th Ward. Many cherished friendships were made there.
Once their youngest daughter left on her mission, they built their dream home in the Stonebrook subdivision. They moved into it in 1997 and have lived there for 17 years. In 2007, Ted retired from the site at the age of 69, and, shortly thereafter, was diagnosed with colon cancer.
Ted was a wonderful son, brother, husband and grandfather. He had such a loving heart. Children loved him, and he loved them. Often he would be found playing games with his grandkids or paying attention to a child who was feeling left out, instead of visiting with the adults.
He served in many callings in the LDS church; some of them include: Scoutmaster, ward clerk, high councilman, and Temple officiator.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry; his children, Todd (Jerrie Tueller), Trina Forbush (Todd), Jeff (Jen Hurd), Brad (Camille Christensen), Spencer (Ilah Gibb) and Sharisse Rowan (Ryan); his grandchildren, Theodore IV (Tory) Bohn, Tiphanie Bohn, Ashlie Bohn, Brandie Bohn, Chelsie Bohn, Kristin Germer, Jared Seward, Brandon Bird, Britni (Cody) Killeen, Benjamin Bird, Brianna Bird, Bridger Bird, Belinda Bird, Elise Forbush, Krista (William) Alexander, Bradley (Sara) Forbush, Mandy Forbush, Courtney Forbush, Josh Forbush, Wesley Bohn, Garrett Bohn, Drew Bohn, Brynne Bohn, Lindsey Bohn, Brooke Bohn, Dallin Bohn, Nathan Bohn, Allison Bohn, Aubrey Bohn, Lauren Bohn, Eric Bohn, Alexis Ramirez, Brianna Ramirez, Carolyn Ramirez, Brett Bohn, Joseph Bohn, Cambri Rowan, Brooklind Rowan, Caden Rowan and Brielle Rowan; his brother, David Earl Bohn of Orem, Utah; and his sister, Rae Pyper Clawson of Scottsdale, Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Henrietta Staten Bohn.
There will be a viewing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 27, at Taylor Mountain Stake Center, 260 Castlerock Lane in Idaho Falls. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the LDS chapel, 620 E. Heather Road in Orem, Utah, with a viewing held at noon before services at the church. Burial will be in Springville Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls. Condolences may be sent online at www.coltrinmortuary.com.