Paul Howe Maeser, 87, of Idaho Falls, passed away Friday, September 13, 2013, at his home. He was under the care of Hospice of Eastern Idaho and his loving family.
Paul was born April 1, 1926, in Washington, D.C., to Earl Maeser and Bessie Taylor Howe. He grew up and attended grade school in Malad, Idaho. Paul graduated from high school in Kinston, North Carolina. He later attended the University of Utah and Utah State University, earning his bachelor's degree in animal husbandry. Paul moved to Idaho Falls in 1957, to Ammon in 1960 and back to Idaho Falls in 1980.
On March 21, 1952, he married LaRee Nuttall in the Logan LDS Temple. Together they raised five children.
He served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.
Paul worked as a schoolteacher at North Cache High School, where he taught biology. He then worked at the INL as a health physicist and later taught at Eastern Idaho Technical College.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous callings, including a mission in the British Isles. Paul was an avid reader and bird-watcher. He enjoyed Sudoku and crossword puzzles.
Survivors include his loving wife of over 60 years, LaRee of Idaho Falls; daughters, Paula (Neil) Johnson of Driggs, Janet (John) Hedgecock of Richland, Washington, and Nansi (Paul) Murdock of Alpine, Utah; sons, Greg (Jerilyn) Maeser of Ammon and Scott (Julie) Maeser of Idaho Falls; brother, Earl (Saundra) Maeser of Salt Lake City; sister, Margaret (John) Cannon of Provo, Utah; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Bessie Maeser.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 20, at the Ammon Stake Center, 2055 Coronado St., with Bishop Ken Bateman of the Parley Ward officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and Friday for one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Ammon Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Bonneville County Veterans and the Idaho Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.