Darwin Ralph Thompson, 87, of Iona, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at his home from causes incident to age.
Darwin was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Moreland, Idaho, to Ralph Marion Thompson and Valeda Leavitt Thompson. He was raised in the Teton Valley, attended schools in Cedron and Victor, Idaho, and graduated from Teton High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. He served his country as a seaman first class in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
On April 1, 1953, he married Ann Murdock in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Throughout the years he has lived in the Teton Valley, spent four years in Moscow, Idaho, a year in Ammon, then 52 years in Salmon, Idaho, before moving to Iona, where he has lived for the past seven years. He was a high school teacher, teaching vocational agriculture and metal/wood shop. He also taught evening adult welding classes and spent summertime working for the Forest Service.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings through the years, including as a Bishop, counselor in a stake presidency and bishopric, Scoutmaster, Young Men president, merit badge counselor, Sunday School president and many others. Darwin also served a two-and-a-half year Spanish American mission, which spanned from California to Louisiana.
He enjoyed beekeeping, horses, leatherwork, wood work, metal work, camping, hunting, fishing and especially spending time with his family.
Darwin is survived by son, Dr. Rex (Lynne) Thompson of Ammon; daughter, Debra (Robert) Pontius of Beaumont, Texas; son, David (Stacey) Thompson of Centennial, Colo.; son, Kent Thompson of Iona; daughter, Sheila (Eric) Scoresby of Iona; sister, Maurine Kirby of Rogue River, Ore.; sister, Rosalie Park of Victor; 22 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ann Thompson, three sisters and one brother.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Iona LDS 1st Ward, 5169 E. Denning Ave., with Bishop Randy Smith officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Iona Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team and Idaho Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.