Benjamin Jay Rencher, 89, of Idaho Falls, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at his home from causes incident to age.
He was born May 3, 1924, in Snowflake, Ariz., to Benjamin Jay Rencher Sr. and Minnie Hunt Rencher. He was the second oldest of nine children and was raised and attended schools in Snowflake. He continued his education at Brigham Young University and earned a doctorate in chemistry at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
On June 10, 1948, he married Louise Burbridge in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.
He was a professor at Ricks College in Rexburg and was loved by his students. He worked as a ranger in Yellowstone National Park during the summers. In 1957, he set up and developed the curriculum for the academic Nuclear Power Training School for the U.S. Navy at the INL site, where he taught for 30 years. He was a master teacher.
Jay was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved the youth and was an Explorer leader for many years. The Gospel was very important to him. He was considered an expert in church doctrine and taught doctrinal classes all his life. He served as stake Young Men's president, stake missionary, bishop and in many other church callings. He served a full-time mission with his wife to Micronesia, Guam, and a second mission to Nigeria, Africa.
He received a Purple Heart fighting in World War II, clearing the mine fields at Normandy Beach on D-Day and in the Battle of the Bulge.
He enjoyed family activities, fly-fishing, camping, hunting, gardening and growing his tulips, dahlias, marigolds and roses.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Burbridge Rencher; and his eight children, Craig (Connie) Rencher of Twin Falls, Idaho, Mark (Karen) Rencher of Idaho Falls, Tamla Rencher of Idaho Falls, Melany (Michael) Gard of Riverton, Wyo., Trent (Dianne) Rencher of Poulsbo, Wash., Stacy (Patti) Rencher of Roy, Utah, Ceri Rencher of Spanish Fork, Utah, and Lance (Laura) Rencher of Poulsbo, Wash. He has 32 grandchildren and 57 great-grandchildren, all of whom love him dearly.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the Idaho Falls LDS Mountain View Ward, 1450 Mountain View Lane. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.