LaMonte Wadsworth Call, of Malad, passed away, from incidences due to health and age, in the early morning hours of April 11, 2019 in Pocatello, Idaho. He was born on August 9, 1936, in Malad, Idaho to Lawrence Earl Call and Bertha Laverne Wadsworth Call.
He had lived his entire life in Malad, where he was well known in the valley. He graduated from Malad High School, in the class of 1955. He worked at a Malad service station for a year and a half, then OK Tire for 16 years, and eventually was a Sanitation Engineer for the Oneida County Environmental Department.
He maintained a great friendship with his classmates throughout his life. In fact, he passionately kept track of the obituaries to see if any of his friends had returned to their heavenly home. It always made us smile.
On April 5, 1973 he made a huge change in his life when he married Barbara Balls, who he had met at a dance at the Elite Hall in Hyrum, Utah. With that, “yes I will” he became a first-time husband, but also a dad and a grandpa. That was a real learning curve, to say the least. They made their home in a little white house in town, and later built a nice home down on Depot Road, in Malad.
He prided himself in his 26 grandkids and eventually many greats, 75, at the moment. And he has six great-greats. They were constantly a focal point in his life.
He went on a few trips with some dear friends, but was always happy to return to Malad. He liked to drive around the valley to just “look around” always making a stop at 3 R’s. His sweetheart, Barbara passed away from a stroke in January of 2007.
The most common phrase many of his family remembers is “you bet’cha boy”. After four lonely years he married Myrna Stokes from Plymouth and acquired another family to be a part of his life.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he absolutely loved his Malad 2nd Ward.
He is survived by his four children: Stephen (Gloria) Balls of Hyrum, Utah; Bonnie (Coy) Ashby of Fielding, Utah; Brenda (LaMar) Oyler of Caledonia, Missouri, and Bruce (Helen) Balls of Phoenix, Arizona. He is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 75 (and counting) great-grandchildren, and 6 (and counting) great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and many of his classmates.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Malad 2nd Ward at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held at the church from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., preceding the service. Burial will be in the St. John Cemetery following the service.
Concolences may be sent to www.horsleyfuneralhome.com.