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LeeRoy Van Orden


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LeeRoy Van Orden Obituary
LeeRoy Van Orden, 74, of Blackfoot, Idaho, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
LeeRoy was born September 30, 1943 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Morgan Joseph and Thelda Fackrell Van Orden.
He grew up in Pingree on the family farm. He attended schools in Pingree and Rockford and graduated from Snake River High School. He then attended Idaho State University where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Business. He served in the National Guard from 1966-1972.
LeeRoy married Margaret Irene Hocking on June 11, 1977 in Blackfoot. Though they were later divorced they remained the closest of friends.
He had worked in Winnemucca, Nevada in fertilizer sales. He then moved home and joined his father in their farming operation. He took over the Van Orden Enterprises operation in 1977 and successfully ran and grew the operation until his retirement in 2007 with his brothers Gaylen and Mike. He was always aggressive in other farming ventures including potato warehouses with Wada Farms.
LeeRoy was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a Ward Finance Clerk for over ten years in two different wards. He was also a High Priest Group Secretary.
LeeRoy's greatest love was spending time with his grandchildren. 
LeeRoy is survived by his two sons, Christopher (Angelete) Van Orden of Morgan, Utah and Brett (Katrina) Van Orden of Blackfoot; sister, Janet Martin of Ammon; brothers Leslie (Myrna) of Pingree, Layne (Karen) of Moreland, Gaylen (Ulene) of Pingree, Michael (Sheila) of Pingree and Garth (Julie) of Pingree.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Brothers; Lonny, Dennis and Marion Van Orden, nephews; Mark, Colby and Tim Van Orden,
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Thomas 6th Ward LDS Chapel, 1059 W 100 S in Blackfoot. Family will visit with friends and relatives on Sunday February 11, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Avenue, Blackfoot, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Feb. 9, 2018
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