John William Clinger, 86, of Shelley, passed peacefully from this life Wednesday, October 19, 2016.
He was born July 6, 1930 in Rexburg, Idaho to Albert William Clinger and Eva Lucas Clinger. He was the oldest of three sons and attended schools in Rexburg and Shelley and graduated from Shelley High School.
He served an LDS mission to the Texas Louisiana Mission.
On December 12, 1952 he married his sweetheart and eternal companion, Arlene Hanson in the Idaho Falls Temple. They are the parents of six children: Steven, Neal, Jaylene, David, Ann and Mark. Arlene passed away suddenly in 1995.
John received his B.A. in Education and a minor in Chemistry from Utah State University. He taught Biology, Math, Electronics and Computers at Shelley High School for 29 years and retired in 1989. He was selected as Idaho’s Outstanding Educator in 1963.
John served in the United States Army Signal Corp during the Korean War.
He farmed in the Shelley area with his father, Albert and brother, Garth.
He married Shirley Clements in February 1998. Together they served an LDS mission to the Canada Winnipeg Mission.
John was active in The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints and served in many callings. The two most important things in his life were his family and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley and his children, Steven and Kathy Clinger of Shelley, Idaho, Neal and Carol Ann Clinger of Idaho Falls, Idaho, David and Linda Clinger of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Ann and John Rasmussen of Draper, Utah, Mark and Tiffani Clinger of Meridian, Idaho, 23 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, his brother, Garth and LaRae Clinger of Shelley, Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Arlene, daughter, Jaylene Olsen, brother, Lee Clinger and grandchildren, Michael Olsen, Benjamin Clinger, Emily Clinger, and Matthew Clinger.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Shelley 10th Ward Chapel (1555 N 700 E) in Shelley with Bishop Brian Bush conducting. The family will meet with friends Saturday morning from 9:30 till 10:45 A.M. at the church. Burial will be in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery with military rites by David B. Bleak Post 93 assisted by the Idaho Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalder Funeral Home.
Per John’s wishes in lieu of flowers please donate to the LDS Mission Fund.