Joseph Barnard Romney returned to his Heavenly Father, surrounded by his wife and children, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Provo, Utah, after becoming ill at his mountain home on the upper Provo River.
Joe was born July 20, 1935, in Salt Lake City to Junius Stowell Romney and Ruth Stewart Romney. He attended East High School and was a graduate of the University of Utah.
Joe served a mission for the LDS church in Great Britain. He later served as an officer in the U.S. Army.
He played the cello in the Utah Symphony Orchestra where he met Florence Black, whom he married. They have four children, one of whom died soon after birth.
Joe received J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Utah and practiced law for about two years. Following that, he began his teaching career in history at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he became a full professor.
Joe continued teaching in Rexburg at Ricks College, later to become Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he taught religion, philosophy and cello. There he was also associate director and director of the honors program.
Joe loved spending time with family at his beloved mountain home where he rode horses, went fishing, hiking and spent quality time with his wife, children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He also shared his love of good music with family and friends through choir, teaching cello and participating in various musical groups. Joe loved working in the yard and making it beautiful.
He helped start a frozen yogurt business in Rexburg, allowing him to work with and eventually pass the business on to one of his sons. Joe was a "people person" and was known for his hard work, quick smile and constant service to any and all that needed help.
Above all, Joe loved his Savior Jesus Christ. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and committed to following the teachings and example of Jesus. He was a great example of charity, service and nonjudgmental love.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but we find comfort knowing that he is happy and healthy with family and friends that have gone before.
A daughter, Carolyn, preceded Joe in death.
He is survived by his wife, Florence of Rexburg; three children: Matthew (Sandy) of South Jordan, Utah, Suzanne (Carl) Thurgood of Pleasant Grove, Utah, and Aaron (Connie) of Rexburg; 11 grandchildren (four spouses); and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, Junius "Jim" (Carole), Bruce (Carol) and David (Patricia) Romney.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Garden Park Ward, 1150 Yale Ave. in Salt Lake City. Additionally, friends and neighbors can visit with the family from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today, Oct. 13, at the Rexburg 16th Ward building, Seventh South and Millhollow Road. Burial was performed Thursday at Salt Lake City cemetery in Salt Lake City.