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Arvid Frederick Samuelson


1932 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Arvid Frederick Samuelson Obituary
Our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather and loving husband, Arvid Frederick Samuelson, 83, returned to the arms of our loving Heavenly Father on Monday, December 28, 2015. He was surrounded by his family at the at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. His last words were to tell his family how much he loved each of them and how proud he is of all of them.
He was born on February 7, 1932 to Arthur Vitalis Samuelson and Nellie May Simper Samuelson in Rose, Idaho. It was on a very cold winter day. There were no hospitals in the Blackfoot area at that time and the doctors made home visits. Arvid's father went with a team of horses and bob-sleighs from their home in Rose to the area by the Snake River bridge to pick up the doctor because the country roads were snowed in.
He spent his grade school days in Rose, Idaho and graduated from Blackfoot High School.
His brothers are Alvin (Opal), Leonard, Merlin (JoAnn) and sisters are Elma (Vertis or Bert) and Carol (Rex) Turpin.
He was the baby of the family and grew up ice skating on the canal and skiing behind a horse on barrel stays since he didn't have skis. After high school, Arvid went into the Army during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge. After the service he married his best friends sister and childhood sweetheart, Margaret Bateman, on July 20, 1956 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He enjoyed living on the farm and spent his life as an amazing mechanic. There wasn't anything he couldn't fix. He spent many hears working in automotive shops and also fixing all the neighbors engines, cars and lawnmowers at home. Often, when we would travel, he would help nearly anyone he saw stranded on the roadside. He spent many midnight hours fixing farm machinery for local famers so they could get their crops in.
He taught all his children how to take care of their own cars, the value of work and the value of family along with his testimony of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Arvid  was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in may church callings and loved being a home teacher. He was a Sunday School Superintendent, worked at the Stake Hospital South as a Group Leader and as a Cub Scout Leader. He and his wife, Margaret were dance directors in the Groveland Ward and the Blackfoot 3rd Ward. He was a High Priest at the time of his passing.
He love the outdoors and spent many years taking his family camping and riding motorcycles until the trails would run out. He love fishing, hunting, roller skating, waterskiing, snow skiing and just spending time with his family. He began snow skiing when he was 50 years old, so he could go with his kids. He had many birthday parties on the ski runs with his kids and grandchildren. He was an amazing dancer.  He could waltz on roller skates and he and Margaret would often show off when he took his family skating. He as a great horseman and loved riding his daughter's horses. He has been the ROCK of our family and his sense of humor and love for life will remain with us forever. He gave the best hugs of all time. He will be so greatly missed.
He leaves behind his beautiful wife, Margaret Bateman Samuelson of 60 years, who now resides in Logan, Utah; daughters, Shirley (Shawn) Weerheim of Afton, Wyoming and Diane (MacKay) Moore of Millville, Utah; son, Dean Arvid (Jodi Wotowey) Samuelson of Pocatello, Idaho; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; his sister, Carol (Rex) Turpin of Blackfoot; and his loyal dog, Kash.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Jan. 8, 2016
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