Everett Mortensen, 79, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Madison Memorial Hospital.
Everett lived a very long and rich life.
He was born in Maison City, Neb., and was the oldest of eight children (Everett, Ervin, Rich, Bill, Elaine, Kay, Lee and Lyn). He worked on the family farm and eventually took a job in a theater. He was drafted into the Army at the age of 22 and served in the Fort Hood, Texas, base for the length of his military career.
Once out of the Army, he met his wife, Joyce, while working for a gravel company. They were married and had three children Marie (Don), Cindy, and Curt (Erin). When the kids were still small he brought his family to Idaho for a vacation and never left. Here in Dubois he worked for the local garage and earned his doctorate of motors from the Ford Company; and when they closed down, he went to work for the State of Idaho. He was also the Clark County fire chief for many years.
After retiring from the state, to avoid the honey-do list, he took a part-time job running the county dump. He was always busy with a project and was more than willing to lend a hand to the local kids fixing whatever project they needed help with. He loved helping people in the community and taking his wife and grandkids fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, three brothers and his wife of 50 years, Joyce.
He is survived by all his children and six grandchildren that were the center of his world.
An informal service and potluck will be held in his honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Dubois Baptist Church.
Condolences may be sent to PO Box 153, Dubois, ID 83423.
Arrangements are under the direction of Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home in Idaho Falls. Online condolences may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.