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Gordon Hyde Purser


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Gordon Hyde Purser Obituary
Gordon Hyde Purser was born on February 9, 1920 and passed away on February 18, 2016 at the age of 96.
He was born in Hyde Park, Utah, the second child of Lyman Albert Purser and Abbie Hyde Purser. He was the oldest son of 11 children.  He is survived by his sister, Josie Mae Purser and youngest brother, Sterling Purser. He leaves his wife Doris and his three children Dallan (Kathy Veibell), Delynn (Tracy Painter) and Suzanne (Darrell Allen), as well as 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 
In his youth, he was a bright student and helped his father by working in his butcher shop in Preston, Idaho. He also trapped, fished and hunted, living for months in the wilderness to earn money.  
Gordon served in the California-Oregon Mission from 1939-41. Two weeks after returning, he received orders to serve in Italy during World War II. While recuperating at the Army Hospital in San Francisco, he met his future wife at a church social.
He graduated from Utah State University in dairy science and worked for Kraft Foods for the entirety of his 33-year career. He received distinguished awards for his service and product development at Kraft and was even awarded a Jade ring from J. L. Kraft's private collection. He helped develop the recipe for pepper-jack cheese more than 50 years ago and served as plant manager for 28 years.
In the community, Gordon was active in the local Red Cross and served as both Vice-President and President of the Rotary Club.
After retiring, Gordon was a temple worker two days a week in the Idaho Falls Temple for 16 years. He served extensively for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including serving as one of the Seven Presidents of the Seventies in the Cache Valley area, Young Men's President, Varsity Leader, Counselor in three bishoprics, Financial Clerk and many more.
Gordon was an avid all-season fisherman. He enjoyed reading, walking the greenbelt with his wife and grew a beautiful garden.
Services will be held at noon, Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Blackfoot Sixth Ward Chapel on 660 Teton Rd. Blackfoot, Idaho. A viewing will be held at 11 a.m. in the Blackfoot Sixth Ward Relief Society Room prior to the services under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.
Interment will be at the Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot.
Published in The Morning News on Feb. 27, 2016
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