Darrel Thomas Williams, 79, of Idaho Falls, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, after many years of health problems.
Darrell was born May 3, 1933, in Treasureton, Idaho, to J. Thomas and Thelda Jackson Williams. He was the second of seven children. He was raised on a farm in Hamer, Idaho, where he learned to be a hard worker.
He was active in the LDS church and served a full-time mission to Ontario, Canada.
On Dec. 2, 1955, Darrel married Ila Bruce in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
He graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in education and taught school for 32 years.
Darrel served the West Jefferson community as a volunteer with the sheriff's department and dedicated 24 years as an advanced EMT. He also enjoyed building homes, remodeling homes and land leveling. In later years, he enjoyed assembling puzzles and spent countless hours researching genealogy.
He is survived by his wife, Ila; their children, Trudy (Grant) Boehme of Rexburg, Karla (Alex) Bailey of Murray, Utah, Jim (Linda) Williams of South Jordan, Utah, and Darlene Williams (Jerod McCord) of Idaho Falls; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Donna (Vernon) Jensen and Liz (Wayne) Pennell, both of Rigby; and brother, Bruce (Leona) Williams of Ashton.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents; a brother, Tom Jr.; and sisters, Yvonne Murdock and Sharon Park.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Ucon Stake Center, 2967 E. 100 North in Idaho Falls, with Bishop Ryan Loftus conducting. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday prior to services at the church. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in West Jefferson Cemetery under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mud Lake Ambulance in Terreton, Idaho, or Easy Breathers EIRMC Pulmonary Lab in Idaho Falls.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.