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Richard L. Bair

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Richard L. Bair Obituary
Richard L. Bair, of Moreland, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 at Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his loving family.
Richard was born Oct. 2, 1940 in Idaho Falls to Leonard Leigh Bair and Gladys Carolena Harker. He attended grade school in Taylor, his freshman year at Shelley High School and moved to Snake River High School as a sophomore, graduating in 1958. Besides sports he also sang in a quartet. He then attended  Ricks College for two years and BYU for one year. He was inducted into the Ricks College Hall of Fame for football, track and basketball. He was national champion in 1959 in Shot-put. He played football at BYU for one semester. He enjoyed working on cars and stock car racing. He had many friends and was always a champion of the less fortunate.   
On April 12, 1963 Richard married Annette Merrill in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were blessed with nine children, five boys and four girls, whom he taught a great work ethic.
He farmed his entire life in various area including Leslie, Rising River and broke new ground in Taber out of sage brush .  In his free time he enjoyed riding horses and 4-wheelers, piloting his plane, fishing, hunting and playing the cornet and piano. He will be remembered for his great personality and always being a big tease. After retiring from farming he used his mechanical skills to by, sell and repair used vehicles. He enjoyed traveling to auto auction and always loved fast cars and trucks. He was honest and caring and would help his friends and neighbors at a moments notice. He also said it was like it was his own family.
Richard was an active member of his Church. He served in many callings as teacher and advisor  and presidencies including Athletic Director for many years. He also served with his wife in the Idaho Falls Temple as officiators. He also served on the Snake River School Board1983-1989. He loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports. His greatest joy was his family, camping and other family events such as weddings. 
He is survived by his wife, Annette of Moreland; children, Matthew (Elizabeth) Bair of Kimberly, ID, Cindy (Alan) Habel of Kallispell, MT, Jodi Lyn (Daniel) Moss of West Jordan, UT, William Bair of Kirkland, WA, Charlie (Fawn) Bair of Aberdeen, Brad (Shae) Bair of Kimberly, Idaho, Jake (Amie) Bair of Smithfield, Utah, Jan (Jason) Williams of Fruitland, Idaho and Liz (Jose) Carranza of Moreland; brothers, Carl (Karyn) Bair of Lovell, Wyoming and Ron (Janiece) Bair of Mackay, Idao; 40 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents Leigh and Gladys, Mother in Law, Rowena Merrill, sister in law, Gaye Merrill.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at the Blackfoot West Stake Center, 101 N 900 W.  The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the stake center. Interment will follow at the Moreland Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Richard's family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center doctors and staff, Access Hospice staff, Hawker Funeral Home, Dr. Kirt McKinlay and Blackfoot Medical Clinic staff, Life Care Center, family and friends for all the care, love and support given to them during the last year.
Published in The Morning News on Aug. 18, 2016
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