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Boyd Frank Whitworth, 100, of Blackfoot, passed away on Saturday September 10, 2016 at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Pocatello, Idaho.
He was born August 10, 1916 in Firth, Idaho the son of John Atkinson Whitworth and Emily Jane Wilson in the family's log farm house. He had one brother, Glen.  His sisters were, Ruth, Fern and Pearl.
Boyd's family moved from Salt Lake City, Utah to Firth, Idaho in 1912 where they settled on an 80 acre farm east of Firth, with frontage on the Goshen Highway.
He attended grade school at Basalt. In 1934, he graduated from Firth High School. His education continued at the University of Idaho Southern Branch in Pocatello, Idaho. After a year of college, he changed his course to vocational training. Boyd was a charter member of VO-TECH, completing a course in carpentry and later a course in electrical wiring. He had worked at various building and farming jobs during his life.
In the summer of 1940, Boyd attended a dance at Blackfoot in the open air Alaskan Dance Pavilion. During this evening of dance, he met Beth Keller. Their friendship continued for over a year. They were married June 20, 1942 at Pocatello, Idaho. To this union nine children were born.
During World War II, Boyd was inducted into the Army training in the 8th Medical Unit, stationed at Florence, Arizona and later at Galesburg, Illinois. Overseas duty was spent in the Philippines, and with the Army of occupation in Japan.
After serving approximately 3 years in the Army, he received an honorable discharge in January of 1946.
Shortly after Boyd returned from war duty, a house was purchased at 785 Wilson Avenue Blackfoot, Idaho. This house was remodeled by Boyd and it became the family home for the next 17 years.
In 1959, Boyd and Beth were both working for the Bell Telephone Company when it converted to dial. Their jobs ended and they decided to move the family from the city to the country. They purchased an 80 acre farm on Pioneer Road at Moreland.
Boyd and Beth's youngest son was handicapped and they worked to establish Dawn Enterprises in Blackfoot. Boyd remodeled a trailer that was used at the Eastern Idaho State Fair and sold baked potatoes to raise money for the handicapped.
He and his family helped tear down the old building where the Senior Center now stands. Boyd's life was one of service and helping those in need. "The best sermons are lived, not preached."
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings. He loved to sing in the choir and was a faithful home teacher.
Beth passed away October 12, 2000. A couple of years later he married  Colleen Dawn Hayes Layland. She passed away December 28, 2007.
When Colleen passed away Boyd lived alone for a time on the farm.  The past two years he lived at the Veteran's Home in Pocatello, Idaho.  The family would like to thank all those at the Veteran's Home who gave him such loving care. He was known for his beautiful blue eyes and his harmonica music.
He is survived by his children; Brent Frank Whitworth, Beverly (Charles) Bastian, Bernard (Linda) Whitworth, Barbara Kay Burgett, Burna Dean Whitworth, Boyd John (Debbie) Whitworth and Brenda lee (Scott) Johnson.
Boyd was preceded in death by his wives, Beth Anna Keller and Colleen Dawn Hayes Layland and sons, Brian Ray and Blair Keller Whitworth.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday September 17, 2016 at the Blackfoot LDS West Stake Center, 101 N 900 W. Family and friends will gather at the church for a viewing from 10-10:50 a.m. Interment and military honors will follow the services at the Moreland Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Sept. 15, 2016
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