In Loving Memory
Leon M. Esplin
7/15/1932 - 4/3/2011





Leon M. Esplin, 78, of Basalt, passed away at home on April 3, 2011.

Leon was born July 15, 1932 in Shelley, Idaho to Marion and Voilet Mitchell Esplin.  He grew up and attended schools in Shelley and Firth.

Leon was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

On February 3, 1956 he married Leola May in the Idaho Falls Temple.

He is survived by his spouse, Leola of Basalt; his seven children, David (Angie) Esplin of Firth; Darin (Grace) Esplin of Diamond Bar, California; Diane (Leroy) Christensen of Rose; Delyn (Shelley) Esplin of Farr West, Utah; Deana (Hap) Johnson of Jackson, Wyoming; Debbie (Ross) Harris of Grace; Kent (Betty) Esplin of Roy, Utah; 31 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, and his sister, Marilyn (Merlyn) Jolley of Firth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one grandson, Eric Esplin.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday April 8, 2011 at the Firth Stake Center (823 North 675 East) in Basalt. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 till 8:00 P.M. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley and Friday 10:00 till 10:45 A.M. before the services at the church.  Interment will be in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery.

Online Condolences
From: LeAnn Harris Siemens   Edmonton
Relationship:  Cousin

To Leola and family members: i have such a loving rememberance of Leon and his family altho time and place has left our family far and wide our families thought of Leon as such a lovng and kind man and one for me was still a touch of the old ones like his dad my uncle Marion and the memories that surrounded all of them....you had a great one for a husband and father and grandfather for sure...our hearts go out to you and your families....but his legacy will be forever in his beliefs and his kind deeds...such a loss for you i understand .... All our love to you Walter and LeAnn Siemens- Kim and Mike Scott and family- Lyndsay and Len Germann and family Mike and Gillian Siemens- MacKenzie and Rob Mihalcheon and family- Joni and Nolan King and family. (Eva Esplin \Harris daughter)
Sent:  4/5/2011
From: Bryan E. Harris   Taber, AB
Relationship:  cousin

So sorry to hear of Leon's passing. The Esplin Family are now numbered in the hundreds...a great family to be sure. Our prayers are with you at this time. Being at Grandpa and Gramma Esplin' in Shelley is one of my best childhood memories. Eva Esplin was my mother and moved to Alberta to marry my father Roy E. Harris Kind regards...Bryan E. Harris & Family of Taber, AB, Canada.
Sent:  4/5/2011
From: Val Ballard   Richland
Relationship:  Cousin

Leloa, I was sad to learn of Leon's passing. Both Jane and I have fond memories of our short visit with you and Leon during our trip to Idaho Falls a few years ago. Our thought and prayers are with you. Love, Val and Jane
Sent:  4/5/2011
From: scott zundel   sugar city
Relationship:  former Basalt Ward Member

Leola, I am sure sorry to Hear that Leon has passed through the veil. I am sure that the Atonement of Jesus Christ helps lessen the pain of seperation. Sorry about your loss. Sincerely, Scott Zundel.
Sent:  4/5/2011
From: Lynette Hering   Neenah
Relationship:  Niece

Aunt Leola and Family, I was saddened to hear about Uncle Leon's passing. I will always remember his laugh and positive outlook on life. I will always remember the times our families got together on the holidays. What good times those were. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love and sympathy Lynette Hering
Sent:  4/5/2011
From: Meg Esplin   Albuquerque
Relationship:  cousin

I see my grandpa Esplin in Leon. I saw him in my dad when he passed awary 4 years ago. I remember the family reunions and many fun times at grandma and grandpa's. Mainly playing many games, rough housing and eating green apples together. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers and put your names in the ABQ temple. Take care. Wish I was closer. Love ya'll: meg (Karl's daughter)
Sent:  4/6/2011
From: John Rawlins   Idaho Falls
Relationship:  Cousin

Leola and family, Barbara and I are saddened to learn about Leon's passing. I am not sorry for him. He had suffered for a long time. But for us it is a great loss. Leon was such a quiet kind man and will be greatly missed.
Sent:  4/6/2011
From: Carol Clayson & Jaylene Turner   Firth
Relationship:  former Basalt Ward Members

We are so sorry for your loss. Leon was a very good man and set a good example for everyone he met. Please know that our prayers are with you at this time. Carol & Dennis Clayson Jaylene & Bill Turner Forrest Stringham
Sent:  4/7/2011
From: Allayne (Lanie) and Brent Orr   Salt Lake City
Relationship:  Cousin

It was very nice to see you all at the viewing. I wish we could have stayed for the funeral. Leon was a wonderful and caring man who was always gracious and kind to me. . .except when he caught me in the bull pen (as a little city kid) and he yelled at me to get out! We love him and will always remember him fondly. (He probably saved my life.)
Sent:  4/8/2011

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