Our beloved husband and cherished father, Loren Homer Grover, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Idaho Falls, Idaho, May 19, 2013, with his family by his side. Loren is survived by his wife, Leona Dell (Stoker) Grover (originally from Junction, Utah) and a sister, Blanche Kirkham.
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Loren was born Sept. 26, 1929, to John Orr and Elnorah Ann (Homer) Grover in Archer, Idaho. He was the youngest of five children. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Russell Grover, Wesley Grover and a sister, Ruth Hansen. Loren met his sweetheart, Leona, in 1950 while they were both serving in the Southern States LDS Mission. They were married in the Manti, Utah Temple Dec. 27, 1952. Loren and Leona are the parents of four daughters: Connie Carey, Karen Erickson, Susan Hastings and Marilyn Poulsen. They have 10 grandchildren and are expecting a great-grandchild in August.
Loren has been a hard worker from a very young age. He grew up working with his father and brothers as a farmer, rancher, and stockman. He loved to learn and firmly believed in education. He attended Archer Elementary School, Madison High School, Ricks College, Utah State University, and Brigham Young University. He obtained a bachelor and two master degrees, and taught Economics and Agriculture at Ricks College (BYU-Idaho) for 27 years. He is an Eagle Scout, a U.S. Army veteran, and a longstanding member of "Sons of the Utah Pioneers".
Loren was a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was always grateful for his pioneer ancestors. During the course of his life he served as a bishop, stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, and also served three missions. Loren and his wife, Leona, enjoyed serving as temple ordinance workers for many years in the Idaho Falls and Rexburg temples.
Church and family were his main interests. He also had many hobbies including photography, horses, rock collecting, woodworking, and genealogy. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, as he had a joke for every occasion. He maintained an extensive collection of stories, quotes, and jokes that he loved to share with family and friends. His life was filled with service, which brought him great joy. He was very fond of animals, especially horses, and had many pets throughout his life.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 22 at the Valley View Cresthaven LDS Chapel, 1070 South 2nd East, in Rexburg, with Bishop Mark Nye officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Flamm Funeral Home, 61 North 1st East, in Rexburg and Wednesday from 10 to 10:45 at the church prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in the Sutton Cemetery in Archer. Condolences may be sent to www.flammfh.com.
Flamm Funeral Home
61 North First East Rexburg, ID 83440
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on May 21, 2013