Arlo H. Belnap, 79, of Iona, passed away peacefully at home Nov. 19, 2008, after a long illness. He was under the care of Hospice of Eastern Idaho.
Arlo was born June 9, 1929, at his family home in Salem, Idaho, to Joseph Francis Belnap and Mabel Catherine Hirschi Belnap. He grew up and attended schools in the area, graduating from Sugar-Salem High School in 1947. He lived in Salem, Sugar City, Plano and Rexburg until moving to Iona 50 years ago.
Arlo married Wanda Lue Evans June 16, 1948, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He worked in farming for five years, including three years as dairy foreman, then worked in maintenance for Challenge Creamery for 29 years. A lifelong, active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he held the office of High Priest and served in many positions over the years, including the Iona Third Ward Bishopric. He filled his life with family, temple work, genealogy, any kind of repairs and singing at many events. Arlo also enjoyed skiing, swimming, walking on his hands, football, ping pong, welding and auto mechanics.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Lue Belnap of Iona; children, Gregory E. (Maxine) Belnap of Idaho Falls, Evan Arlo (LoAnn) Belnap of Iona, Rock E. (Carol) Belnap of Orem, Utah, Luann (Wayne) Lloyd of South Jordan, Utah, Joy (Ron) Gentry of Pocatello and Joseph Bruce (Julie) Belnap of Idaho Falls; siblings, Grant H. (Helen) Belnap of Roberts, Zeruah Moon of Sugar City, Norma (Clyde) Neibauer of Bancroft; brother-in-law, Jim Parkinson of Collinston, Utah; 33 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bonnie Parkinson; two infant brothers, Don and Eldon Belnap; two grandchildren, Jason and Michael Lloyd; and one great granddaughter, Brevan Belnap.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the Iona LDS Central Building, 5169 Denning Avenue in Iona, with Bishop Brad Bailey of the Iona Fifth Ward officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Wilford Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Fund, 15 E. South Temple, 2nd Floor East, Salt Lake City, UT 84150.