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Darla June Smith Mecham


1941 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Darla June Smith Mecham Obituary
Darla June Smith Mecham was born on June 30, 1941 in American Falls, Idaho to Cecil John and Louva Jackman Smith. She was the fourth child with two older brothers, Gerald Cecil and Gail Lamar Smith and one older sister Louva Arlene Smith Larson. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her older brother Gerald and sister Arlene and is survived by her brother Gail. Darla spent her younger years in Blackfoot, Idaho attending school and graduating from Blackfoot High School.
It was in high school that she met her sweetheart Daryle Mecham and they were married shortly after graduating on Nov. 20, 1959. 
Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on March 12, 1965. They have three sons, Daniel C. Mecham (Louise Moncur), Timothy Daryle Mecham (Susan Craner, later divorced) and Brian John Mecham (Nancy Wharff). 
They have 12 grandchildren, Matthew (Jennifer Moore) Mecham and Marisa (Casey Ethredge), Michelle (Jody Lane), Andrew (Mary Pollock) Mecham, Marianne (Peter Mancuso), Chad (fiancée, Cami) Mecham, Ashlie (Daniele Stanfield) Mecham, Spencer and Benjamin Mecham, Whitney Armijo (Dominic), Malachi Mecham and Tahtiana Palacios (Andrew) and 14 great-grandchildren.
With her husband's work they have had the opportunity of living in Idaho, Utah and Oregon. She was very sociable and always made new and lasting friendships wherever she went.
Darla is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in the Relief Society Presidency, and as a Sunday School and Primary Teacher.
Her favorite service was as quilt chairman for the Humanitarian Program, she loved making quilts and made many of them for that program. 
For the last few years, she served in Relief Society at the Brookdale Senior Living Center. She thoroughly loved working with and assisting the senior citizens.
Darla loved to travel with her husband on various work projects which gave them the opportunity to visit a number of points of interest. 
Some of those being, a weekend on Prince Edward Island, visiting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, and the Mormon Pageant in Palmira, New York. 
For their 25th anniversary Darla and Daryle spent a week in Hawaii. One another vacation, they followed the Mormon trail from Salt Lake City to Nauvoo, Illinois. 
Some of the sights they visited were, Mt. Pitsgah, Winter Quarters, the Carthage Jail, Liberty Jail, Hauns Hill and others in between.
Darla will be greatly missed, it is already very lonesome without her. We love you mom, grandma, sister, aunt, and loving friend.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Highland Stake Center (2140 Satterfield Drive).
The family will meet with friends on Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave. and on Monday one hour prior to the services at the church.
Interment will be in the Mountainview Cemetery.
Published in The Morning News on July 8, 2017
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