1955 - 2012 Terry Lee Elsberry, loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, returned home to his Heavenly Father on Thursday, December 27, 2012, surrounded by his wife and children, following a year-long battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
Terry was born January 29, 1955, in Emmett, Idaho, to Emily Cheney Elsberry and Claude Elsberry.
Terry attended schools in Emmett, Idaho; Pendleton, Oregon; and Idaho Falls, Idaho. He graduated from Skyline High School in 1973.
He faithfully served an LDS Mission to England, Birmingham. Terry attended the University of Idaho and Ricks College for a time before he began working for Utah Power and Light in Shelley, Idaho. After a number of years at Utah Power, Terry decided to complete his education and returned to school at Ricks College. While attending Ricks, Terry married Shauna Duffin on December 16, 1988, in Idaho Falls, and became an instant father to Shauna's 8 year-old daughter, Courtney. They were sealed as an eternal family on May 24, 1996, in the Salt Lake City Temple. Terry graduated from Ricks College in June 1989 and moved the family to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah, graduating in 1991. Terry worked at Zions Bank and CompHealth. In 1998, he found the career he loved as a Pharmaceutical Rep for PDI and joined GlaxoSmithKline in 1999, where he was employed at the time of his illness.
Terry served faithfully in his ward in the High Priest Group, as a Scout leader, Sunday school, Primary and Home Teacher. Terry enjoyed Photography, traveling, golfing, boating and spending time with his family. He was a perfectionist and kept an immaculate yard and home. Terry's greatest joy and accomplishment was his family, especially his two teenage sons. He spent the past 12 months cramming as much living and memory making as he possibly could by traveling with his family to the Caribbean, Alaska, The Bahamas, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii. He would say he was "Livin' the Life" while fighting Cancer with chemo.
Terry is survived by his wife, Shauna Duffin Elsberry of Kaysville, Utah; daughter, Courtney (Dirk) Wiley of Shermans Dale, Pa.; sons, Dillon (15) and Chase (13), both of Kaysville; mother, Emily Elsberry; sisters, Sharon Bahr of Idaho Falls, Arthella (Norm) Harris of Portland, Ore., and Cheryl (Harvey) Nelson of Terreton; brother, Gary Elsberry of Arlington, Ariz.; and in-laws, John and Myrna Duffin of Pocatello, Byron (Shanda) Duffin of Shelley, Eric (Melanie) Duffin and Kelly (Cindy) Duffin, both of Pocatello, and Ginger (Jeff) Reed of Kaysville, Utah.
Terry was preceded in death by his father, Claude Elsberry; brother, Larry Elsberry; and sister-in law, Andrea Duffin.
We would like to thank Dr. Jason Stinett, Lisa Anderson and the staff of Utah Cancer Specialists for their amazing care and support this past year, as well as Vista Care Hospice for your tender care. A special thanks to our family, friends, neighbors and ward family and co-workers for their love and support and patience through this very difficult journey. We Love You! Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Hess Farms Ward, 1650 S. 500 East, in Kaysville, Utah. Friends and Family may visit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 1941 N. Main in Farmington or from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday before services at the church. Interment will be at Kaysville Cemetery.
Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Terry's name to the Pancreatic Action Network at www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/terryelsberry.