Wesley Jay Richardson, 76, Idaho Falls resident, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his winter home in Yuma, Ariz.
He was born April 13, 1936, in Leslie, Idaho, to Jesse L. Richardson and Sylvia B. Lords Richardson. He grew up and attended school in Lewisville, Idaho. The family moved to Idaho Falls, where Wes attended high school and graduated in 1954.
Wes attended Idaho State University, where he majored in education, specializing in math and chemistry. From 1954 to 1957, he served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division.
On Feb. 12, 1955, he married Luana Shaw in Idaho Falls.
Besides Lewisville and Idaho Falls, Wes lived in Salmon, Pocatello and Blackfoot, where he taught high school math at Blackfoot High School.
He returned to Idaho Falls and went to work for Argonne National Lab, where he worked for 30 years before retiring. Since 1995, Wes and Luana have spent their winters in Yuma, Ariz.
Wes was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was an active member of the "Young Republicans" and a current member of the Republican National Committee.
Wes enjoyed camping, boating, fishing and golfing. He took up woodcarving, producing some very nice pieces, but his first love was the times spent with his family.
Everyone who knew Wes, including his family and friends, loved his warm, happy, welcoming face.
Wes is survived by his wife, Luana Richardson of Idaho Falls; sons, Andy (Nancy) Richardson and Alan Richardson, both of Idaho Falls; daughter, Lisa (Richard) Scholes of Idaho Falls; sisters, Leila (Brian) Rushton of Firth and Ilene Struve of Pocatello; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, Wes was preceded in death by his brother, Verl.
The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St. in Idaho Falls. Internment will be at 1 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery, where military rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Team and the Idaho Honor Guard.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com.