William Lynn Yorgesen, 81, of Idaho Falls, returned to our Heavenly Father peacefully Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, surrounded by his family at home after a short but difficult struggle with cancer.
Lynn was born at home June 15, 1932, the second of three boys. He was premature and so small that the doctor said he wouldn't make it, but he was a fighter and he proved that doctor wrong. He grew up in Grant, Idaho, with loving parents, Lloyd and Vera Criddle Yorgesen. He attended Rigby High School and went on to attend BYU, earning a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry.
He served his country courageously and his church faithfully. From 1950 to 1952, he served in the United States Army, fighting in the Korean War alongside his brother, DelMar. He was an active and devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints his entire life, serving a mission in the Texas Louisiana Mission from 1953 to 1955, as well as in many callings over the years, including as branch president.
On Dec. 2, 1955, Lynn married Patsy Lou Helm in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Patsy was his soul mate, the love of his life whom he shared his life with for 58 years.
He and Patsy lived in Utah, Wisconsin, Arizona and Washington before returning to Idaho Falls in 1980, where they bought the house they would call home.
Lynn is survived by his wife, Patsy; children, Vicki Lynn Bailey, Lisa Ann (Marv) Harding, Carrie Elaine Yorgesen and Lanna Joy (Shawn) Cochran; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren with two more on the way; a brother, Douglas Lloyd (Valeen) Yorgesen; and a sister-in-law, Deanna Yorgesen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd (1981) and Vera (Feb. 22, 1997); and brother, DelMar (2003).
Lynn lived a long and full life in which he loved and was loved by many. He had a smile that lit up the room, a laugh that brought joy, and he gave the best hugs. He will be greatly missed, but we look forward to the day when he will greet each of us in Heaven with open arms and a big smile. His is a legacy that will live on and not be forgotten.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Iona LDS 7th Ward Chapel, 1040 N. Crimson Drive, with Bishop Doug Weber officiating. The family will visit with friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls, and Thursday for one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Grant Cemetery with military rites by the Bonneville County Veterans Team and the Idaho Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Lynn's name at any East Idaho Federal Credit Union branch.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com.