Forrest Eugene Scouten passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at his home in Moore, Idaho.
Forrest was born in a log cabin Sept. 19, 1923, to William Blood and Caroline Davis Scouten in Howe, Idaho. He was the eighth of 12 children. He spent most of his early years in Idaho Falls. He participated in many athletics in high school (basketball, football, track and boxing), and graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1943.
He served in WWII in the Pacific Theater. Upon discharge from the Navy, he attended ISU for one semester and while on Christmas break, met his future wife, Verda Elaine Bailey. They were married Sept. 18, 1948, in Winnemucca, Nev. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1963. To this union four children were born: Francis (Gaven) Knighton, William (Loretta), Cary (Debbie) and Jim (Linda).
They moved to the Lost River Valley in 1956, where he farmed and worked at the INEL, first as a security guard and later as a health physicist. He retired in 1985.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in the bishopric and as a Scout leader for many years. He was an avid supporter of the Scouting program.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elaine; his four children; 22 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jerry of Granite Falls, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 10 siblings and a grandson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Moore Idaho Stake Center with Bishop Darrell Wheeler officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Anderson Family Funeral Home in Arco, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the stake center. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Arco, Idaho, under the direction of Anderson Family Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Forrest's honor may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Arco Post 7137.