Boyd Alton Whitmill, 85, of Shelley passed away peacefully on December 21, 2018 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Boyd was born on January 3, 1933 in Basalt, Idaho, to William Henry and Beulah Fern (Frandsen) Whitmill. He was raised in Kimball with his siblings and attended the Kimball school.
He met Meldeane Joy Hebdon and on May 6, 1950 they were married in Idaho Falls, Idaho. To this marriage came 6 children. Meldeane passed away on Oct 1, 2010. They were sealed on June 24, 1977 in the Manti Temple.
Boyd was a hard worker his entire life and passed that onto his legacy. In the earlier years of his marriage Boyd worked on Willis Newman Farm in Taylor to support his growing family. He began his lifelong career at Amcor which took him and his family to Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and eventually back home to Idaho. After 42 years Boyd retired and turned his fulltime attention to his love of the outdoors and hard work.
Boyd was a master at gardening. He spent numerous hours in His garden producing plenty for all to eat and the most beautiful flowers. All who drove by his home would remark on how big & beautiful his garden was. He loved to fish and spent many hours at Clarks Reservoir, the Blackfoot River & Willow creek. He also loved to ‘tinker’ with many things. He made many wind chimes out of whatever scrapes of materials he could find and hung them on his back porch for all to enjoy the sound. Above all he loved to tease his children, grandchildren & his wife. It was often said his teasing was his way of showing how much he loved His family.
Boyd was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, in which he served in the Young Men’s, Sunday School and as a Home Teacher.
Boyd is survived by His Children; Theresa Bateman, Shelley.ID; Brenda Thompson, Wellington, CO; Clayton (Connie Serr) Whitmill, Idaho Falls, ID; Julie (Layne) Stark, Lubbock, TX; Jeff (Bridget Coy)Whitmill, Idaho Falls, ID; Celia (Ron) Wells, Winnemucca, NV; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren, three sisters; Floy Kerr, Riverton, UT; Belva Frandsen & Martyna Little, West Jordan, UT; sister-in-law and brother-in-law’s Bernetta & John Anderson, Idaho Falls, ID and George Wewers, Boise ID; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Meldeane; His parents William & Beulah Whitmill, Step Mother Lucy Snarr Whitmill, Son-in-Laws, Hal Bateman and Ken Thompson; Great Granddaughter, Jacelyn Bateman
Sisters: Olea Stoddard, Delpha Hammond, Arlene Whitmill, Phyllis Adamson, and brothers, DeWayne & Samuel Whitmill.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M., Saturday December 29, 2018 at the Shelley Stake Center (325 East Locust). The family will receive family & friends Friday evening, December 28th from 6:00 - 7:30 P.M. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley and Saturday 12:00 - 12:40 P.M. at the church. Burial will be in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery.
The family expresses thanks to Lincoln Court Staff where dad resided the last four years. Home Health and Hospice staff who tenderly took care of him in his final hours.