Eldon Lloyd John, 87, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at his home in Malad, Idaho.
Eldon was born on May 16, 1927 in Samaria, Idaho to David Edwards John and Mattie Williams John. He spent his childhood years on the family ranch in Samaria.
He married Merle Colton of Malad, Idaho on August 17, 1951. On March 24, 1966 they were sealed in the Logan Temple for all time and eternity. They were the parents of five children, Sandra Kay, Michael Eldon, Mark Dee, Leslie Ann, and Wendy Sue.
They spent the first years of marriage living in Samaria and surrounding areas. He was involved in farming and ranching and for a short time worked at Jones Hardware putting equipment together. He later moved to Idaho Falls to work on Dr Joe Mabey’s dairy farm after which time he moved back to run his own dairy.
He bought a milk route from Dee Barnes. He was busy with the farm and dairy he rented, and his milk route. He had plenty of support from his wife and children. Eventually they bought property in St John and began their own dairy farm. Later they built a home together. His beloved wife Merle passed away in June of 1979.
In December of 1980 Eldon married Jeanne N Jenkins. They continued to live on the farm in St John. Eldon and Jeanne turned most of the farm and dairy over to Mike and they got into the registered sheep business. They enjoyed going on trips and especially liked going to Henrys Lake where he enjoyed fishing with his cousins Leroy, Gerald and Bobby. After some years they moved to town where he spent the rest of his life, all while continuing to farm in Samaria. He enjoyed showing support to his kids and grandkids at the county fairs. On Sundays you could usually find him enjoying good food as well as company at his daughter Sandy’s home in Samaria.
Eldon is survived by his wife Jeanne. Son Mark (JoLynn) John. Son in law Bob Cavender. Daughter Wendy (Jim) Scalise. Also 11 grandchildren, Owen Braker, David John, April Koval, Carrie Tharp, Mattie John, Clint John, Samantha Coleman, Rob Cavender, Cathy Nielson, Shannee Scalise, Bracken Scalise. As well as 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 step children Cheryl (Randy) Marshall, Diane (Tim) Deeg, David (Glenda) Jenkins and families.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday January 27 at 12 noon in the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W. 300 N. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.horsleyfuneralhome.com