Leland A. Gardner died peacefully at home in West Jordan, Utah, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, of natural causes.
Leland was 90 years old, born Oct 16, 1923, in Blackfoot, the son of Alvin Floyd Gardner and Clara Eliza Beck.
Leland had two siblings, Lois May Shearer and Ronald F. Gardner. Leland worked at the Idaho AEC for 16 years; he owned two grocery stores and a music store selling organs; a trucking business; a vending machine business; and he worked many years for Jefferson county; but his favorite occupation was raising kids and farming, which included dairy, hay and grain and dry farming 3,000 acres west of Idaho Falls.
Leland's hobbies were many and included water ski boat operator for his family, and he became severely addicted to snowmobiling while in his 50's and 60's. He enjoyed fishing and hunting his entire life and he was a licensed airplane pilot and dearly loved flying and traveling. He was able to travel to many parts of the world.
As a teenager, Leland married Evelyn Cooper and they had five children, Judy Wilson, Gary, Clinton, Brent and Chris. Evelyn passed away at the age of 27, leaving her children, ages 7 years to 11 months. Leland then married RoseAnn Martin, who had a baby girl Almeda (deceased 2011), whom he adopted. They had two more sons together, James and David. This marriage ended in divorce.
Leland then found and married the love of his life, Donna Marie, who had three children, Susan, Randy (deceased 1990) and Scott; and they had one child together, Laura Lee. This gave Leland one dozen children to raise, which he did very well. Leland has 44 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Leland is survived by Donna Marie, his best friend and wife for 56 years.
Leland was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions, including temple worker and bishop of the Roberts 1st Ward at the age of 75-80.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, at Roberts 1st Ward, 663 N. 2858 East in Roberts. The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Eckersell Funeral Home, 101 Main St. in Rigby, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday before services at the church.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.