Elden Morrell Allred, 96, of Rexburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the Homestead Assisted Living Center in Rexburg.
He was born June 20, 1917, in Fairview, Wyo., to Elden and Leola White Allred.
Morrell served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Memories of this experience influenced him the remainder of his life.
After the war, he moved to Rexburg to attend Ricks College, where he met Beth Rasmussen. They were married Sept. 12, 1949, in Rexburg. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
They made their home in Fairview, Star Valley, Wyo.
Morrell operated a mink fur farm and trapped beaver for the state of Wyoming. He also operated a small cattle ranch in Fairview.
In 1969, Morrell and Beth moved their family to Rexburg, where he was employed at Ricks College. While in Rexburg, he sold his ranch and pursued his education in the field of his dreams -- biology. Working on his degree after hours, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees. He ended his career as a professor of biology at Ricks College.
Beth passed away in September 1976, leaving Morrell and his children lonely. Morrell met Nancy White Jensen in Bethesda, Md., and they were married in the Washington, D.C., Temple in May 1978. They were married 31 years before Nancy, too, passed away.
Morrell was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities, including as counselor in two bishoprics and as a bishop.
Morrell was always a naturalist and a student of life science. But he enjoyed writing and art, authoring and illustrating several books. He even pursued his hobbies until he was 95 years old.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives and a brother, Enid Allred.
He is survived by his children, Gloria (Seth) Oldham of Idaho Falls, Hal Allred of Jackson, Wyo., Morry (Tracy) Allred of Rexburg and Jacque (Larry) Mason of Huntsville, Utah; siblings, Bryce (Mona) Allred, Garth Allred, Valdee (Genevieve) Allred, Kaye (Betty) Allred and Loa Burgon; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Rexburg LDS 4th Ward Chapel, 166 S. First East. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Rexburg Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent online to www .flammfh.com.