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Earnest LaGrande Hobbs, 86, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at his home in Ammon.

LaGrande was born Nov. 22, 1931, to Earnest Samuel Hobbs and Sarah Merrill in Richmond, Utah. He was the oldest of four with two sisters and one brother.

At the age of 13, the family moved to Star Valley, Wyoming. He loved the hunting, fishing and the beauty of the valley. He attended Star Valley High School, where he played football, was elected senior class president and was the salutatorian at graduation.

He married the love of his life, Jane Deona Roberts, in the Logan Utah LDS Temple on Sept. 11, 1953. They were blessed with four sons, one daughter, 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren with one great-grandchild and a great-great-grandchild soon to arrive.

As a tank commander in the 141st Tank Battalion of the Wyoming National Guard, LaGrande served his country valiantly in the Korean War. He finished his military service in Korea as a sergeant in the 330th Ordinance Depot Company.

LaGrande attended Utah State University, where he graduated in plant pathology with highest honors. His education continued at Iowa State, and he graduated with a Ph.D. in plant pathology.

The family then moved to Bradenton, Florida, where LaGrande worked at the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station and worked on curing diseases of commercial cut flowers. His wife, Deona, became ill while working there, so he took a job teaching in the Botany Department at Weber State University in order to be closer to his family.

North Ogden, Utah, became their home while he taught for 31 years. He had many happy experiences with students and loved every minute teaching. He also enjoyed the challenge of serving as department chairman for 13 years. While working at Weber State, LaGrande shared his love for the sciences by volunteering countless hours judging the science fair. He also accompanied winners to the International Science Fair to compete there. His efforts helped thousands of students to learn and to experiment with the amazing things in the world.

LaGrande held various positions in the LDS Church, many of which involved teaching. He especially enjoyed his calling as Scoutmaster, where he was able to work with his boys as they grew up.

After retirement, they moved back to their beloved Etna, Wyoming. They enjoyed family and friends there, along with the beauty of Star Valley.

As they aged, LaGrande and Deona moved to Ammon to be near two sons and their families. They provided many hours of loving care and support for LaGrande and Deona during their twilight years. Through the years, LaGrande was totally devoted to his wife, Deona, and never left her side until the day she died.

LaGrande is preceded in death by his dear wife, Deona; father, Earnest; mother, Sarah; and brother, Robert M. Hobbs.

He is survived by his sisters, Laura Witzel (Ray) and Cleo Ward; children: Brent L. Hobbs (Kathie), Jeannie H. Griffin (Spencer R), Brian R. Hobbs (Jill), David Bruce Hobbs (Joanne) and Bradley H. Hobbs (Dori); along with 22 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

LaGrande was one of those rare individuals who spent his life in service to others. Because of his goodness, kindness and gentleness, he was dearly loved by his wife, children, grandchildren and all who knew him. He is greatly missed and greatly loved.

Funeral services will be held at Etna Wyoming LDS Chapel on Friday, May 18, at 1 p.m. with a viewing prior to the services from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Burial will follow in Etna Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Schwab Mortuary in Afton, Wyoming.

Published in Post Register from May 15 to May 16, 2018
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