Camille Jean Fox Bytendorp, 54, a long-time resident of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, of natural causes.
Camille was born April 2, 1962, to LaVar Clemon Fox and Betty Jean Robinson in Salt Lake City where she grew up.
Camille married Jeffrey L. Hancock which ended in divorce. She later married Dean Albert Bytendorp on July 18, 1992. She was a member of the LDS church and held the gospel dear. Camille was adopted as a sister into the Lakota of the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.
Camille was outgoing and a natural caregiver. Over the years she and Dean cared for more than 100 foster children, many pets, and several hospice patients. She loved nature and enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, rock hunting, and gardening. Camille’s greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren singing, dancing, doing art projects, and having sleepover parties.
To know Camille was to love her, therefore she has countless friends. Camille and Dean kept their door open for anyone wanting a place to stay and always made you feel welcome by feeding you a warm meal (a favorite was homemade refrigerator soup) and showing you the beauty of Lava Hot Springs which they love. They would often do this from the seat of a snowmobile, a soak in the hot springs, or by taking you on a drive to see area. Anytime friends or family needed help Camille and Dean were the first to arrive with their chainsaws, edger’s, cans of paint, and trailer in tow. They were a selfless team putting others before themselves. Camille will be deeply missed.
Camille often said that she was fortunate enough to have more than one mother. “Grandma” Shirley Park and her family have been a blessing to Camille and her family for many years.
Camille is survived by her husband Dean, the love of her life; three sons, Jeremiah Hancock, Joshua Hancock, and Estevan Bytendorp, all of Lava Hot Springs; daughter Sativa Bytendorp of Salt Lake City; and seven grandchildren, Audrina Hess, Elijah Hancock, Ceirslyn Sykes, Everett Hancock, Paytin Egley, Maddisyn Hancock, and Aiden Hancock; two brothers: Ron (Shauna) Fox of Bountiful, UT, and Isaac (Mitzi) Fox of Sandy, UT; sister-in-law Tonia Fox of Murray, UT. She is preceded in death by her daughter Hannah Lee, her parents, and brother, Randy Fox. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 11, at 12:00 Noon at the Lava Hot Springs LDS Ward at 437 West Spring Street. Friends may visit with the family prior to the services from 10:00-11:45 A.M. Interment will follow in the Lava Hot Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations toward funeral expenses will be much appreciated. Donations can be made by searching Camille Bytendorp on gofundme.com.