Elden Morrell Allred, 96, of Rexburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the Homestead Assisted Living Center in Rexburg. He was born June 20, 1917, at Fairview, Wyo., to Elden and Leola White Allred.
Morrell served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II
in the Pacific Theater. Memories of this experience influenced him the remainder of his life.
After the war, he moved to Rexburg, Idaho, to attend Ricks College, where he met Beth Rasmussen. They were married Sept. 12, 1949, in Rexburg. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They made their home in Fairview, Star Valley, Wyoming.
Morrell operated a mink fur farm and trapped beaver for the state of Wyoming. He also operated a small cattle ranch in Fairview.
In 1969, Morrell and Beth moved their family to Rexburg, where he was employed at Ricks College. While in Rexburg, he sold his ranch and pursued his education in the field of his dreams - biology.
Working on his degree after hours, he earned his bachelors and masters degrees. He ended his career as a professor of biology at Ricks College.
Beth passed away in Sept. of 1976, leaving Morrell and his children lonely. Morrell met Nancy White Jensen in Bethesda, Md., and they were married in the Washington D.C. Temple on May 1978. They were married 31 years before Nancy, too, passed away.
Morrell was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in many capacities, including, counselor in two bishoprics and as a bishop.
Morrell was always a naturalist and a student of life science. But, he enjoyed writing and art, authoring and illustrating several books. He even pursued his hobbies until he was 95 years old.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives and a brother, Enid Allred. He is survived by his children, Gloria (Seth) Oldham, of Idaho Falls; Hal Allred, of Jackson, Wyo.; Morry (Tracy) Allred, of Rexburg and Jacque (Larry) Mason, of Huntsville, Utah; brothers and sister, Bryce (Mona) Allred, Garth Allred, Valdee (Genevieve) Allred, Kaye (Betty) Allred and Loa Burgon; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at the Rexburg LDS 4th Ward Chapel, 166 South First East. The family will receive friends Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church on Saturday, prior to services. Interment will be in the Rexburg Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online to www.flammfh.com.