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Gayland Leslie Westover

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Gayland Leslie Westover Obituary
Gayland Leslie Westover, 69, of Idaho Falls, passed away on February 20, 2016, at East Idaho Regional Medical Center of natural causes, surrounded by family members.
He was born April 21, 1946, to Ernest Cecil Westover and Florence Hansen Westover in Blackfoot Idaho. He was the youngest of five children. Gayland attended school at Snake River High School in Moreland, Idaho, and graduated in 1964. He entered into the United States Army the next year. He completed Basic and Advanced Training at Fort Ord, California. He served a year in South Korea and a short time in Turkey. He completed his military service in Fort Hood, Texas, with the rank of Specialist 4 (E-4). He received an honorable discharge in 1967.
Gayland married Pearl Sullivan Martin in September 1968, and they made their home in Pocatello, Idaho. They had two boys, Paul Kirk and Steven Douglas. They were divorced in 1977. He married Mary Jacobson of Moreland, Idaho, in 1978. They were divorced the next year. In 1987 Gayland met Dorothea (Dori) Deerr in Lompoc, California. They stayed together until her death in 2004.
Gayland worked for the American Potato Company in Blackfoot, Idaho, after he got out of High School. He returned to work there after his military service and remained until he moved to Lompoc. He gained employment at Vandenberg AFB where his brother, Brian Phil, was serving. He was employed as a Security Guard and a Courier. He retired in 2011 after 29 years of service and since his brother, Brian Phil, had died several years earlier, Gayland returned to Idaho, and lived his last five years in Idaho Falls near other family members.
He enjoyed Sunday dinner with family, watching Western Classics and listening to 50's music. He was a big tease. He enjoyed teasing his brothers and sister and nieces and nephews any chance he got.
Gayland is survived by his two sons, Paul Kirk (Jennifer) Westover of Buffalo, NY, and Steven Douglas Westover of Redding, CA; a sister Cecile Staker, two brothers, Richard D (Charlet) Westover, of Idaho Falls, ID, and Robert K (Donna) Westover of Kenai, AK.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Brian Phil, and brother-in-law Doyle Staker.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2016, at Riverside-Thomas Cemetery West of Blackfoot in Bingham County, under the direction of Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 South Ammon Road. Military Rites will be performed by the Bingham County Veterans Memorial Team and Idaho Honor Guard. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com
Published in The Morning News on Feb. 27, 2016
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