Alvin Lorenzo Davidson, 92, of Sugar City, passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2013, at the Homestead Assisted Living Center in St. Anthony.
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Alvin was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Iona, Idaho, the son of Arland Lorenzo and Sarah Elizabeth Pearce Davidson.
He was raised in Darby and Delynn, Idaho, as a child. The family moved to Parker, then Egin. He graduated from Edmonds High School in l939.
He farmed with his father, and in l940, served a LDS Mission to the Western States Mission which included, Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado. After his release, he decided to join the Merchant Marines. His reasoning was, he would not have to shoot anyone. The Merchant Marines delivered grain and supplies to places such as Panama, Belgium, Amsterdam, New York, Hawaii and California. He loved the time he spent on ships. He was honorably discharged April 24, 1946.
On March 15, 1945, he married Clara Elvena Salerno in the Cardston Alberta, Canada LDS Temple.
After his release from the military, he and Clara returned to Egin Bench, Idaho. They farmed with his family and built a log home to live in. In 1950, he and his father purchased 40 acres and he built a new brick home that they moved into just before the Christmas of l957. They finished raising their family there for 58 years.
They moved to Sugar City in 2002. They had it built to their desires. Clara passed away in 2005. Alvin continued to live there until 2012, when he moved into the Homestead Living Center in St. Anthony.
Alvin was an active member of the LDS Church serving in many callings. He and Clara served two missions, in Lake Tahoe and Jackson Mississippi. When they got home from their last mission they were called as temple workers in the Idaho Falls Temple for 10 years.
He loved to invent things to make work easier. He loved woodworking, writing poems, and most of all studying the scriptures and church material. He was an avid reader.
He is survived by his children, Linda K. Hemsley, of Sugar City, Idaho, Carol J. (Tom) Purcell, of Rexburg, Idaho, Clarlyn (Ralph) Sexton, of Marietta, Ga., Paul A. Davidson and Rick A. (Wanda) Davidson, both of Idaho Falls, Idaho; a sister, Anna Adams, of St. George, Utah; a brother, Myrl (Eva)) Davidson, of Aberdeen, Idaho.; 12 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lisa, a grandson John, sisters, Thelma White, Blanche Christensen, and Ethel Lords; and a brother, Hyrum.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Sugar City 7th LDS Ward on 6 North Teton in Sugar City. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bidwell Funeral Home and at the church in Sugar City Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 just prior to the services. Interment will be in the Parker Cemetery where a military flag service will be presented.Condolences to the family may be sent to www.bidwellfuneralhome.com.
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2013