Evan Platt Price

Malad….Evan Platt Price, 87, from Samaria, Idaho, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 31, 2009. Platt as he was known to his family and friends, was born on October 22, 1921, in Samaria, Idaho, the 5th of 13 children born to Evan M. and Deloria Ann Peterson Price. He was raised and educated up to the 8th grade in Samaria and then attended Malad High School, graduating in 1939. He entered the U.S. Navy on March 16, 1943, and was discharged January 31, 1946. He was a Seaman 1st Class, serving 27 months overseas, both in the Atlantic and Pacific. He served aboard the USS Randolph and the USS Tripoli and was in three major battles in the Pacific. He spent 1 year on submarine and convoy duty in the Atlantic. Platt received the European Theater Ribbon and the Pacific Theater Ribbon with three battle stars. He was also awarded a commendation for courage and performance beyond the call of duty. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Navy, Platt returned home to work and married the love of his life, Phyllis Waldron on December 29, 1947, in the Logan LDS Temple. After their marriage, they moved to Los Angeles, CA. where he attended Hemphill Diesel School for a year, then returned to Idaho, where he worked in Malad for many years at Hess Construction. They were blessed with 4 children; Kenneth Platt, Dale Waldron, Helena Phyllis and Ruthann. In 1964, Platt bought his father-in-law’s farm and moved back to Samaria, where he has farmed and ranched for many years. He was a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a member of the High Priest Quorum. He served in many callings through the years, including; MIA President, Sunday School counselor, Home Teacher and Nursery leader in the Primary, where he was known as “Grandpa” to many, many children. He was a member of the American Legion for 60 years. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, and watching his horses race. He like spending time with his family at the family cabin at Island Park and going to the Idaho State Fair, displaying horse trailers, which were manufactured as part of the family business. After his retirement, he and Phyllis enjoyed the warm weather during winter months in Arizona and Nevada traveling in their trailer. Platt is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Samaria; 2 sons; Kenneth (Nedra) Price of American Falls, Idaho; Dale (Lynette) Price of Samaria; one daughter; Ruthann (Dennis Weeks) Howe of Howe, Idaho. 13 grandchildren, who were the love of his life, 20 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters; Berniece Lewis, Anita Williams; a brother; Merrill Price. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter; Helena, 3 brothers and 6 sisters. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2009, at 12 noon in the Malad LDS 2nd Ward Chapel 100 W. 20 S. Friends may visit with the Price family on Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm at the Horsley Funeral home 132 W. 300 N. and on Thursday at the funeral home prior to service from 10:30-11:30 am. Burial will follow in the Samaria Cemetery, with military rites accorded by the American Legion Post #65. Condolences may be shared with the Price family at www.horsleyfuneralhome.com.