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Wayne Tyson McKinnon


1932 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Wayne Tyson McKinnon Obituary
Wayne Tyson McKinnon Jr. , 82 of Blackfoot, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 under the care of Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Blackfoot, Idaho.  
Wayne was born on April 16, 1932 in Logan, Utah to Wayne Tyson Sr. and Evelyn Tuddenham McKinnon.  Wayne grew up in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado and graduated valadictorian from Rio Blanco County High School in Meeker, Colorado and Colorado A & M College in Fort Collins, CO.  While in high school he served in many leadership capacities and was selected by the Colorado Cattlemen's Association as an outstanding youth.  In college he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and ROTC.
Wayne met Shirley Lee Wyatt while at college and they were married July 11, 1954 in Pueblo, CO.  Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple in February 1956.  Wayne joined the US Army as a 2nd Lt. and was stationed in George, Alabama, Kentucky, Texas and Korea.  He was a member of "The Angels" of the Famous 11th Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  He was a paratrooper, a pilot and flew L-19's (observation plane), helicopters and attended a guided missile school.  He served overseas during the Korean War.  
After 4 1Ž2 years in the Army, Wayne resigned his commission as a 1st Lieutenant when his father was injured in a farm accident.  Wayne spent his life in the agriculture industry and farmed and ranched alongside his Dad in Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho.  In 1962 the family moved to Idaho living in several different communities in Bingham County. 
Wayne served in many capacities in the church and community.  He served on the Farm Bureau Board, Legislative Committees and for 15 1/5 years on the Motor Carrier Advisory Committee.  
Wayne and Shirley were avid square dancers; in fact that is how they met when Wayne was calling "San Antonio Rose" at a square dance.  He taught square dancing wherever they lived and were the State Chairpersons for the State Round and Square Dance annual festivals a couple of times.
He owned Silver Queen Enterprises which entailed his many talents in agriculture; custom grain and hay harvest, trucking agriculture products, and Silver Sage Gardens.  Wayne was a master gardener and participated in the local farmers markets.
Since a young age he was known for his dependability and leadership abilities and instilled those qualities as well as many others in his children and grandchildren. He taught them a strong work ethic and whatever they did in this life they were representing the family name so they better do it right! 
Wayne is survived by his wife Shirley, of Blackfoot; daughters Marjorie Lusk, of Ammon and Elizabeth Harper, of Blackfoot; son David (Joy Bolander), of Firth; brother, John McKinnon, of Troutdale, Oregon; sister, Joan Carlson of Kearns, Utah; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Margaret and brother, Edward.
Services will be conducted on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rose 1st Ward LDS Church with Bishop Darrel Loosli conducting.  The family will meet with friends on Friday evening at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday at the church from 10 am to 10:45 am.
Burial will be in the Grove City Cemetery.  Military Honors will be presented by the American Legion Stewart Hoover Post #23
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.harkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 2, 2015
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