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The Press OBITUARIES - February 2012

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Myrtle Coppock
Funeral service for Myrtle Coppock of Cherokee, OK, were held Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Friends Church with Pastor Joe Woods and Pastor Scott Spencer officiating. Burial was in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Cherokee. Memories may be shared with the family at www.lanmanmemorials.com. Viewing at the funeral home was Wednesday, from 2 to 5 p.m. and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Myrtle Margaret Pfleider Coppock was born near Ashley, OK, on June 4, 1930 to Hugh and Gladys Pfleider and passed from this life on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at Alva, OK. She attended Short Springs Grade School and graduated from Cherokee High School.
She married Delmar Willard Coppock on June 27, 1948 in Cherokee. She was a member of the Cherokee Friends Church. She and Delmar lived in Anthony, KS, for two years and then in Cherokee the rest of their lives.
Myrtle was a homemaker and a nurse’s aide for 22 years at the Masonic Hospital and the Alfalfa County Hospital. She enjoyed rock hunting and camping with her husband and was very proud of her children and grandchildren.
Her husband, Delmar Coppock, who was Sheriff of Alfalfa County for 22 years, preceded her in death on July 25, 1985.
She is survived by her three sons, Delmar Allan Coppock and wife, Paula, of Ponca City, OK, Gary Dale Coppock and wife, Lawana, of American Falls, ID, Eddy Charles Coppock and wife, Dang, of Madison, AL; her grandchildren, Jason and Chassiddy, Christopher and Jody, Courtney, Wundee, Leeza, Jennifer and Christina; and her two great-granddaughters, Skylee and Brielle. Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents; her brothers and their wives, Gene and Betty Pfleider and Bud and Virgie Pfleider.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Friends Church or Cherokee Boy Scouts and either given to or mailed to Lanman Funeral Home, Inc., 1305 S. Grand, Cherokee, Oklahoma 73728.

Dallen E. Nelson
Dallen E Nelson, 82, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. He was born on May 27, 1929 in Oakley, ID, to Elvin B. and Mildred G Nelson.
He attended school in Kimberly, ID, where he participated in all school activities and lettered in basketball, football, and track. Dallen was student body vice president for the Kimberly graduating class of 1948 and maintained contact with his classmates including his best friend Jessie Posey throughout his life.
After graduating from high school Dallen farmed for a short period of time in the Hansen area before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1950. He was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA, where he acquired the rank of Staff Sergeant and worked as a jet engine mechanic on a B-52 Bomber named “The Tender Trap”. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Lillian Carol Lee, at the Gold and Green Ball in Spokane. They were married on Feb. 6, 1953 and later solemnized their marriage in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Aug. 14, 1953.
Upon completing his tour in the military, Dallen and Carol made their home in Seattle where he worked as a jet engine systems mechanic for the Boeing Company. The couple moved to Aberdeen, ID, in 1960 so Dallen could return to farming and raise their family in a smaller community. He was employed by Duane Poulson Farms beginning in 1961 until he retired.
Dallen was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in several capacities.
He is survived by his wife Carol; his children, Jim (Janiel), Rexburg; Dave (Barb), Pocatello; Gary (Jean), Aberdeen; Debbie (Mark) Meldrum, Columbus, OH; Shelley (Boyd) Simonson, Aberdeen; Tracy Reed, Aberdeen; Tim (Sherri), Aberdeen; Tina, Blackfoot; and Stephanie Beach, Aberdeen; brothers Val, Las Vegas; Norman, Boise; and sister Karen Slaugh, Twin Falls; 26 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Dallen was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Patricia, his granddaughter Tosha, and son-in-law Chris Reed.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Aberdeen LDS Chapel. A viewing was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho, American Falls, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Burial followed at the Aberdeen Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Harold Ray Parrish
Harold Ray Parrish, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at his home in American Falls, ID, of natural causes.
He is the son of Nola Rae Parrish. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Ray Parrish.
He is survived by his mother, Nola Rae Parrish; four brothers, Bryan Hal Parrish, Randy Lynn Parrish, Alan Don Parrish and Danial Lee Parrish.
The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 1, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls Fourth Ward, 650 Pocatello Ave., across from the Middle School. Interment will be in the Aberdeen Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Betty Ann Friesen
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at 2:15 a.m., Betty Ann Brumfield-Friesen passed away peacefully at Portneuf Medical Center, surrounded by people who loved her.
Betty was born in Taney County, MO, on July 5, 1933, to John William Brumfield (Missouri) and Bertie May Stacey Brumfield (Missouri). She was the sixth of eight children. In 1937 the family relocated to American Falls, where the kids attended Fairview School until it merged with American Falls school, which Betty attended for the remainder of her high school education.
Her younger years were spent with her siblings tending the farm and getting into mischief. In her free time she played baseball games with her family and listened to her brothers play music and sing. Betty was known for her wonderful sense of fashion and her ability to always attract attention with her sense of humor and captivating personality.
After high school, Betty moved to California and attended school for dental hygiene. It was there that she met Francis Ernest White Jr. Frank and Betty were married and had two daughters, Pamela Ann and Leslie Anne. Frank and Betty later divorced and Betty and the girls remained in California where Betty worked at General Dynamics as a Secretary. She later met Alfred Frederick Oertle. They were married, and in 1965 Angela Ann was born.
In the summer of 1969 Fred, Betty and the three girls moved back to American Falls. During that time Betty worked as a secretary for Simplot Soil Builders in Blackfoot, ID. Fred and Betty were later divorced and at that time Betty became a waitress at Roger’s Cafe in American Falls, happily raising her three daughters.
In 1977 Betty began working for Simplot Food Group in Aberdeen. She started entry level in the sanitation department and quickly moved herself up to a quality assurance lead. For the next decade she worked at Simplot and enjoyed her children, family, and friends. While working at Simplot Betty was reconnected with Leo P. Friesen, a boy she had attended school with when she was young. Betty retired, married Leo, and they headed off to California for a short time, before relocating to Yakima, WA. They loved Yakima, but a few years later decided to move back to American Falls to be near family and close friends. They bought a beautiful home and Betty spent her time there growing spectacular roses, relaxing, and enjoying life with her children and grandchildren.
Halloween was Betty’s favorite holiday and in her years with Leo they made it their tradition to do it better each year. It was a time where the whole family was brought together in whimsical laughter and light-hearted fun, which made Betty and Leo both extremely happy.
In 1998 Leo passed away. Betty remained in American Falls where she participated in the Red Hat Society, worked for the Senior Citizen Center leading exercises, delivering Meals on Wheels and managing rentals. She spent some time as the activities director for Spring Creek Manor and substituted as a lunch lady for the American Falls school system. She was always contributing her fun-loving personality to anyone and everyone possible.
In 2009 Betty headed to Lynnwood, WA, to spend a year with her youngest daughter and her two grandkids. In that time Betty made many great friends and fell in love with the beautiful city. In 2010 she returned to Idaho and set herself up in an apartment that she adored. In her last years she spent the majority of her time with family or reading, her favorite were mystery novels.
Betty was loved dearly by everyone she met and was a favorite amongst kids and grandkids. She had an amazing ability to make a person laugh and a heart that could touch anyone. She was a firecracker of a lady and will be missed by all who knew her.
Betty is survived by her three daughters, Pamela Ann White Bailey (Wade), Leslie Anne White Adamson (Randy), Angela Ann Wright Geppert (Michael); grandsons, Jason Bailey (Kathy), Ean Fisher and Dillon Wright; granddaughters, Natalie Bailey Howard (Kendon), Mallarie Fisher Bascom (Joel), Dalanie Fisher and Chloe Wright; 11 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Ethel Brumfield Alston (Edwin) and Marguerite Brumfield Armstrong (Jim); and a brother, Dale Brumfield. She is preceded in death by her husband, Leo P. Friesen; a granddaughter, Kelsie Anne-Marie Fisher (Leslie); and brothers, Vernon Brumfield, Bob Brumfield, George Brumfield and Alfred Brumfield.
Services for Betty were held Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning with a public viewing at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in American Falls. The funeral service was at 11 a.m., graveside services immediately after, followed by a meal at St. John’s for friends and family. Donations can be made to the Power County Senior Citizen Center in Betty’s name.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Weldon Poulson
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, Weldon Clarence Poulson – our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, and grampy – was finally released from his very valiant 20 year battle with Alzheimer’s and was called home to our Heavenly Father.
Dad was born June 24, 1928 in Aberdeen to Clarence and Jeneil Jackman Poulson. On Nov. 10, 1948, he married the love of his life, Carol Rae Duffin, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Throughout 63 years of marriage, they made their home in Aberdeen, Fairview, American Falls; eventually settling back in Aberdeen to farm. In winters Dad sometimes worked sorting potatoes at the starch plant, driving a gas truck, and at PFE. After retiring from farming, he greatly enjoyed working at the Aberdeen Experiment Station with Steve Love.
Dad was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, willingly serving in many different capacities. He loved the outdoors – especially the mountains, camping, hunting, and fishing when he could, traveling, and new adventures.
Dad is survived by our dear mother, Carol; children, Jeneil (Ron) Hooper, Kingman, AZ; Larry, Pocatello, ID; Alan, Syracuse, UT; Sheri (Douglas) DeVore, Los Alamos, NM; Clay, Aberdeen; Jolyn Reed, Pocatello; Deanne (Brian) Hamilton, Salmon, ID; Joy, Aberdeen; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brothers, Jack (Shirley), Duane (Connie), Douglas, Bryce, Kerry (Lori); sisters, Barbara Daniels, Connie (Leo) Koopmans, Sharon (Dean) Funk, Dessa (Craig) Hardy; aunts, Ruth Echevarria and Vonda Maxwell; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Those who welcomed Dad to his heavenly home include: mother – Jeneil; father – Clarence; mother – Irma; infant sons - Blake and Kevin; infant granddaughter – Britni DeVore; grandson – Brian Meader; grandparents – Alma and Florence Jackman, Anna and Ola Poulson; and many relatives and friends.
We are all extremely proud of our loving father. He was a true gentleman – humble, honest, and full of integrity. His sincere caring for others, ready smile, and sense of humor endeared him to those who knew him. We miss you, Daddy.
The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Aberdeen Second Ward, 149 W. Central, Aberdeen. There was a viewing Monday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho Street, American Falls, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday before the funeral at the church. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Porfirio “Pilo” Perez
Porfirio “Pilo” Garcia Perez died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 in Pocatello, ID. Pilo was born Nov. 28, 1936, in Mission, TX, to Rafael and Guadalupe Perez. He met Nicolasa Ruiz in 1979, they were later married. The family moved to American Falls, and started working for R& G Potatoes. He worked for R& G for 27 years.
Pilo enjoyed life, he liked to go to Bannock Peak and enjoyed trips to Jackpot, and he loved cruising in his Black Cadillac. His true enjoyment in life came from his family and friends. He loved spending time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He has a large family with 10 children, Juanita and Anastasio Mesa, Twin Falls, Marisela Navarrete, Twin Falls, Guadalupe and Jesus Gonzalez, American Falls, Porfirio B. Perez, Aberdeen, Enrique B. Perez and Lupe, Aberdeen, Martin B. Perez, Jerome, Francisco B. Perez and Danell, Twin Falls, Eric R. Perez, Pocatello, Porfirio R. Perez, American Falls, and Francisca R. Perez and Felipe, American Falls. He also is survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Roberto of American Falls, and Rafael of Texas; three sisters, Raquel and Guadalupe, both of Texas, and Juanita of Oklahoma.
The Rosary was at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 352 Roosevelt St. in American Falls. There was a visitation at 6 p.m. on Sunday at the church. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 20, with a viewing at 10 a.m. before Mass. Interment followed at the Falls View Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

Roger Joseph Butler
Roger Joseph Butler passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in Las Vegas, NV.
Mr. Butler served as Postmaster in American Falls, ID, for 25 years. Retiring locally, he and his wife, Carole, enjoyed vacationing in Nevada and Arizona as snowbirds.
Roger was born in Idaho Falls, ID, to Joseph and Anne Butler on July 10, 1939. He and his wife enjoyed camping, golfing and other outdoor activities.
He was totally devoted to his family.
He is survived by his wife, Carole; daughter, Vicki; sister, JoAnne; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 25, in Idaho Falls at the family burial plot.

Donald Deloy Thornton
Donald Deloy Thornton, 76, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, with his family by his side in Pocatello, ID.
A funeral was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints in American Falls (Third Ward, 650 Pocatello Ave.). A viewing was held for family and friends at the Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Don was born Jan. 21, 1936, in American Falls to LueRay and Jessie Thornton. His father was a sheepherder in Idaho and Wyoming and his mother was a homemaker. They lived and raised their family in the Neeley area.
Don spent summers playing sports and spending a great deal of time in the outdoors. He graduated from American Falls High School in 1954. He joined the Navy after high school and served honourably for four years. The majority of that time was on the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Princeton. He attended college at Idaho State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. He later met and married Lorna Millard and had three children: Marcy Dawn (Schwendiman), Brett Edward Thornton and Malynda Rae (Duern). They later divorced. He later married and divorced Jan Jordan.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for most of his life. He was a beloved neighbor and friend of all. He actively supported various charities. He spent many years caring for his parents and his brother, Grant Thornton, who preceded him in death.
He spent his life serving those around him in any way he could. He was a beloved father and he presented the perfect example to his children and all that knew him of how selfless we all should be. His example and service has touched many and has changed all that knew him for the better.
His interests included family, singing, gardening, fishing, caring for animals and reading. He devoted much of his time and energy serving family members, friends, strangers and the community. He was a romantic at heart, probably influenced by his taste in music which included Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and the crooners of that era. He loved to spend his spare time singing the tunes that inspired his youth.
Don is survived by his sister, Karen Perkins and spouse; brothers, Thomas Thornton, Kendall Thornton and their spouses; his children and their spouses, and his nine grandchildren: Breydon Thornton, Ashley Gleed, Cordel Schwendiman, Madison Gleed, Shalene Schwendiman, Victoria Gleed, Ethan Thornton, Treyson Thornton and Grayson Duern.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
Dallas Walter Larson
1939-2012
Dallas Walter Larson, husband, father and grandfather, left his “bunch of people” and returned home to his Heavenly Father.
He was born July 13, 1939 in Basalt, ID, and passed away too soon at the age of 72 on January 18, 2012. He passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, in Salt Lake City, UT.
Dallas lived most of his young life in Aberdeen, ID, graduating from the Aberdeen High School, after which he attended school at BYU. A faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served an honorable two-and-a-half year mission in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as countless hours serving his church during his lifetime.
After his mission, he married his sweetheart, Georgia Lyne, on Aug. 17, 1962, in the Idaho Falls Temple. Together they had five children, whom he adored, and they adored him. He was a man of great physical and spiritual strength and had a great sense of humor. He always left people feeling better for simply knowing him. He had a passion for cars, enjoyed church history, loved golfing, boating and spending as much time as possible with his “bunch of people.” He loved music, having a lovely tenor voice. He enjoyed his guitar and singing in many musical situations. He will be singing his way along his final journey.
Dallas was the “baby boy” in the family of five, including three sisters and a brother. He was much loved and doted on. “His tears were our tears.” Even though our family chain is broken, we will be reunited one by one in Heaven.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Edna Camille, parents George and Mary, and his brother Larry. He is survived by his loving wife, Georgia, beautiful children, Tylyne (Richard) Chamberlin, Dallas (Caroline) Larson, Brian (Charlotte) Larson, Matthew (Jennifer) Larson and his 15 individually loved grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Connie Poulson of Pocatello, ID, Darlene Rathka of Boise, and Bonnie Barney of Inkom.
He will always be in our hearts, and greatly missed here on this earth, but we rejoice knowing we will see him again. Go build a home for us in heaven, Daddy, we’ll catch up.
A public viewing was held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive, on Friday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at the LDS chapel, 11677 S. Grandville Ave., South Jordan, on Saturday, Jan. 21. Interment took place immediately following at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
“But undaunted still he trusted – In his Heavenly Father’s care.”
 
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