Reo J. Criddle


Reo J Criddle of Downey Idaho passed away on September 27, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was the second child born to Reed and Venna Criddle on December 27,1948. All of his schooling was done in Downey and Marsh Valley. While he was in high school he was an avid wrestler and held state championship; as well as boxing. He then went on to a year in college at Ricks earning his diesel mechanics degree. After that he went on to serve his mission in Australia and then onto the National Guards. After his time with the guards he moved to Blackfoot, he met and married Alice Brown and was later divorced. He worked at Kraft’s Cheese while he was living there. He moved back to Downey and worked at John Deere’s and Case as a diesel mechanic. After that he long hauled for Miller Brothers feed yard. He left there and went on to construction at Bannock Paving Construction and continued his career with Mickelsen construction. Reo enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his horses. On June 12, 2004, Reo married his best friend Darlene Best (Criddle). In this reunion they combined two families and made them one. Here within the last few years Reo was able to fulfill some of his life dreams. He got to travel to Alaska on two different occasions. He got to go deep sea fishing, gold mining, met some of the idiarod champions Dallas and Mitch Seavey and their teams and Denali Park. He also got to see and meet two of his ideals Chuck Norrisn and Willie Nelson. Reo has always worked on his families farm, after he retired he got to continue his life’s passion on the farm and with his “girlfriends” and his Daisy and Honey by his side.

Reo is survived by his wife Darlene Criddle of Downey, a brother Lyle (Sharon) Criddle of Downey, his children Byran (Tiffany) Best of Salt Lake City, UT, Eddie (Susan) Criddlle of Fort Hall, John (Jessica) Best of Blackfoot, and Jenn (Stephen) Greenwood of Downey and Larice Roop of Bonney Lake WA. He had 18 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is proceeded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister and one grandson Chance Foster; as well as many aunts, uncles and grandparents.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 2 at 12 noon in the Downey LDS Chapel. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Sunday evening from 7-8 p.m. and Monday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the service.

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