Theodore Price Lindsey


Theodore Price Lindsey died peacefully at home January 18, 2015, following an extended illness. He was born April 12, 1929, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Theodore Lloyd and Edith (Price) Lindsey. Teddy attended Grammar School in Salt Lake City, where as a youngster a local artist took interest in him and taught him to paint. Later the family relocated to Samaria, Idaho, and Ted graduated from Malad High School in 1947. From a very young age Ted had a creative mind and an uncanny talent for designing, building, and repairing almost anything. If he couldn’t fix it–it wasn’t broke. Following high school Ted enlisted in the US Army. While stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington State he met and married Esther Payne Lindsey before being sent for active duty in the Korean conflict. During his military service he was seriously injured and was awarded the Bronze Star with a ā€œVā€ for Valor. He received an honorable discharge and on returning home he and Esther lived for a short time in Samaria, Idaho, and Ogden, Utah, where he attended technical school before moving to Seattle, Washington. The couple was blessed with six children.

Ted was an entrepreneur at heart — he always wanted to be his own boss. Between 1958 and 1966 Ted owned an operated a gas station/auto mechanic shop in Harrah, Washington, and a farm equipment business in Connell, Washington. In 1966 the family relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah. Ted and Esther divorced in 1968.

Ted eventually met and married Maxine Harris. In 1972 they bought and operated a small restaurant/motel in Star Valley, Wyoming. In 1975 the family returned to Utah and Ted began working for Geneva Steel. During this time Ted worked on remodeling his home and designing various inventions. He was an accomplished welder and craftsman creating beautiful wrought iron railings for their home. Maxine and Ted later divorced. Ted began to have health problems and he retired in 1990.

Following retirement Ted was married briefly to Ila Dockstader. In 2001 he returned to Malad City, Idaho, where he devoted his time to perfecting his designs and seeking production/patens for his inventions. He was quietly content and spent many happy hours on these projects. He loved life, and his wonderful sense of humor stayed with him to the end. Ted was a friend to all; he never knew a stranger.

Ted is survived by his children Arlene (Gene) Barney of Wapato, Washington, Charles (Diane) Lindsey of West Valley, Utah, and Heidi Andra of St. George, Utah; 24 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren; his brothers Joseph P. Lindsey and John J. Evans; his beloved cousin Cherril Anderson; and various nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore L. Lindsey and Edith P. Evans; infant twin daughters, Katherine and Kathleen Lindsey; and son, Theodore P. Lindsey Jr.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the devoted and compassionate nursing staff of the Veterans Administration Home Health and Hospice Care. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Malad LDS 4th Ward Chapel 20 S. 100 W. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 12 noon – 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Samaria Cemetery.

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