Fred William Elkington, 91, of Idaho Falls, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Orem, Utah.
He was born Jan. 28, 1922, in Tooele, Utah, to William Henry Elkington and Elize McClaws Elkington. He grew up in Idaho Falls and attended Idaho Falls High School.
Fred joined the Army and served during World War II. He was a cattle and sheep rancher, working with his father and sons around the area. He worked as a security officer at Idaho First National Bank, as a heavy equipment operator for Bonneville County, and worked in his later years as a delivery driver for The Rose Shop.
On Oct. 11, 1944, Fred married Helen Koy Frongner in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They had four children together: Randy, Blair, Susan and Shauna. Helen passed away Aug. 24, 1977, in Idaho Falls.
On Nov. 24, 1979, Fred married Helen Joyce Thomas in Idaho Falls. Fred became a father to Joyce's five children: Scott, Kathryn, Dennis, Deborah and Janice.
He was a member of the Lions Club in Idaho Falls. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a temple worker for 19 years. In his youth, he served an LDS mission to the Texas/Louisiana area.
Fred enjoyed hunting and fishing, ammunition reloading, and butchering his own meat and wild game.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Idaho Falls; sons, Randy (Pam) Elkington of Mapleton, Utah, Blair (Marion) Elkington of Osgood, Idaho, Scott (Carol) Hill of Orem, Utah, and Dennis (Rebecca) Hill of Richland, Wash.; daughters, Susan (Tim) Serr of Blackfoot, Shauna (Dalenor) Halls of Gilbert, Ariz., Kathryn Shirts of Idaho Falls, and Deborah Hill and Janice Hill, both of Orem, Utah; 28 grandchildren; and 54 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Frongner Elkington; brothers, Dean and Reed Elkington; and four sisters, Laverne Harker, Hazel Brucks, Joann Pickett and Alice Elkington.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Summerfield LDS Ward, 3721 Shadow Mountain Trail, with Bishop Robert Meeks officiating. The family will visit with friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Ammon Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Team and Idaho Honor Guard.
Online condolences may be sent to www.woodfuneralhome.com.