Deryl Gene Parris


U.S. Veteran  Deryl Gene Parris, 86, was surrounded by family when he passed away July 15 [2018] at McKay-Dee Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home in Downey, Idaho.

Deryl was born July 2, 1932, at his grandfather’s home in Downey, Idaho, to Oliver and Ione Parris.

Growing up during the great depression, Deryl learned to work hard and help others at an early age.

He graduated from Downey High School in 1950 where he lettered in boxing, football and basketball.

He joined the Navy in 1951, serving in the 103rd Naval Construction Battalion during the Korean War.

He was discharged on February 19, 1955, and returned to Idaho.

He met Zola Parris on June 3, 1955, and they were married on July 9, 1955, in Elko, Nevada. They were sealed for time and all eternity at the Idaho Falls Temple on January 31, 1964.

He worked in construction, as a butcher, truck driver and terminal manager, fence builder, owner and operator of an A&W and manager at the Portneuf Marsh Valley Canal Company. He was also a Scout Leader while his sons were active in that organization.

At 63 years of age, he was told he had Hemochromotosis and needed a liver transplant. He received a transplant in July of 1996. He was so very grateful for this gift of life and celebrated two birthdays every year.

He is survived by his children Deborah Parris Reilly of Downey, Coleen (Loren) Nelson of Boise, Zane Parris of Pocatello, and Zachary (Tami) Parris of Pocatello; nine grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife in August of 2015, his parents and siblings Rex Parris, Wanda Lewis and Charlene Corwin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 21, at the LDS Virginia Ward in Downey, Idaho. The family will receive friends from 9:30 am to 10:30 am prior to the services. Interment will follow at Marsh Center Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Horsley Funeral Home. Lunch will be served at the church following interment. Condolences and memories maybe shared with the family by visiting

The family would like to thank Brittny Hubbard for her kind and compassionate care of both of our parents for the past several years.

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