Kyle Jay Clifford, 61, of Rexburg, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family after a valiant battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 21, 1950, in Rigby to Douglas Clifford and Fern Pfost Clifford. He was raised in Menan and graduated from Rigby High School. He continued his education at Brigham Young University and Idaho State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in art education.
On Dec. 27, 1974, he married Julie Ann Ellis in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple; to this union they added three children. He taught art and history at Madison Junior High School for 30 years.
Kyle was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities, including a full-time mission in Germany and in a bishopric on the BYU-I campus. He participated in and served as a chairman of the International Dance Festival in Rexburg. He enjoyed painting, magic and above all loved his family.
He is a kind and gentle man, survived by his wife, Julie Clifford; daughters, Karolyn Ann Clifford and Natalie Jo (Jon) Blackburn, both of Rexburg; son, Derek Kyle Clifford of Rexburg; brother, Rod Clifford of Salt Lake City; grandchild, Jon Patrick Blackburn; and many extended family who loved him very much.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Hibbard LDS Chapel with President Randy Hayes presiding. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.