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Grandon Arbon, 80, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at Bingham Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his beloved wife and family.
On Jan. 21, 1936, he became the second son born to Chester Arbon and Tressie Iola Arbon in Tremonton, Utah. Three sisters would later complete the family. Grandon was destined to live a one-of-a-kind life, much like his name.
Grandon attended Snowville Elementary, a three-room schoolhouse, and went on to Bear River Junior and Bear River High School where he was a swimmer and played football.
As a young man working at a gas station, a pretty lady at the bus stop each morning caught Grandon's eye. It took him six months to work up the nerve to say hello. 
He charmed and pursued Jane Harris, an elementary school teacher, and on June 26, 1957, they were married in the Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shortly thereafter, they started a family and became parents of four children, Jeffrey, Jana, Russell and Rodney.
Grandon's employment with Standard Plumbing took his family to cities in Utah and Idaho; however, his desire for change and to put down his roots led them to Blackfoot and Ag Services, where he worked as a credit manager and irrigation equipment salesman until his retirement. The relationships that were fostered during these years continued throughout his lifetime.
Grandon's love of horses and desire to have his own cattle led to the purchase a farm in 1972. He established GA Livestock & Sons and became well known and respected for the quality of his registered quarter horses and cattle herd. 
He was also well thought of as a cattle broker and was active in this pursuit up until his death. He treasured the many meaningful friendships that developed as a result. Grandon was an outdoorsman and thoroughly appreciated the beauty of nature, which was a common thread woven throughout all that he did. 
Later in his life, when his health limited his activities, he took up painting as a way to capture his favorite sceneries, most especially those of mountains. Grandon truly enjoyed being in rodeos as a pick-up man.  This was his favorite form of recreation, his version of the game of golf for others. For those that have known him, they would know how he loved anything and everything having to do with cattle. Grandon will forever be remembered as the quintessential cowboy.
Grandon was a member of the Blackfoot 15th Ward and served in various capacities.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his sister Cheryl Wetzel, and niece Nedra. Grandon is survived by his loving and compassionate wife, Jane, brother Lyle (Kay) Arbon, sisters DeAnn (Fran) Lovato and Ruby (Brent) Barton, his children, Jeff (Rachelle) Arbon, Jana Peterson, Russ (Jayne) Arbon, and Rod (Helen), 14 grandchildren, 20-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Blackfoot Stake Center, 1650 Highland Drive. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church. 
Interment will be in the Groveland Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Nov. 3, 2016
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