March 4th, 2014
Michael James Birch, 68, of Blackfoot, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 while fishing on the Snake River.
He was born Nov, 11, 1945 in St. Anthony, Idaho, to Lowell Edgar and Rayola Rudd Birch.Â He was raised in St. Anthony and attended school there, graduating from South Fremont High School.Â He excelled baseball while in high school. Â He attended Ricks College for two years, then moved to Pocatello to attend I.S.U., where he earned a BS in Political Science.Â He moved to Blackfoot in 1976 and has resided here since.
Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, and dear friend, JoAnn Jackson Polatis, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at her home in Thomas, Idaho, her favorite place to be.Â
She was born on Oct. 8, 1936 in Thomas, Idaho to Clarence Mark and Wilma Martin Jackson at the home of her grandparents. She attended school in the Snake River District, graduating in 1955, the first class in the new high school. She then attended Ricks College.
Wayne A. Whitten, 91, of Blackfoot, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Idaho Veterans Home in Pocatello.
Wayne was born on Feb. 26, 1923 in Blackfoot to Albert William and Florence Leona Cones Whitten.Â He was a lifelong resident of Blackfoot.Â He attended school in the Blackfoot School District and graduated from Blackfoot High School.Â In 1943, Wayne joined the Army.Â He was trained as a radar technician and was stationed in Japan following World War II.
Wayne married Thelma Coles in Las Vegas, Nev. in 1964.
BLACKOOTâ€”Anyone suffering from the late winter doldrums in Southeastern Idaho is bound to perk up by attending the Intermountain Jazz Festival, Saturday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The award-winning jazz ensemble- BYU Synthesis- will headline the event with an evening performance at 7:30 p.m., Nine area high school (and middle school) jazz bands will perform throughout the day. Approximately 200 students and their families come for the annual event, equating to over 400 additional people, giving the town an economic boost on Saturday.
While the paths they took were quite different, by the end of Saturday's Class 3A wrestling finals in Nampa, Snake River's Treyton Nilsson and Dayton Schild shared an honor they had earned.
Both were state champions.
Nilsson's was his third straight. He entered this year's tournament as the No. 1 seed and dominated throughout. He defeated Fruitland's Kendall Fletcher 16-1 in the finals.
He went into the tournaments in 2012 and 2013 ranked No. 2 in the state and won both times.
Owen Verne Taylor, 78 , of Blackfoot, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014 with his family at his side.
Verne was born on May 9, 1935 in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Owen Albert and Lois Dunn Taylor.Â He attended school in Snake River, graduating from Snake River High School on May 20, 1953.Â Following graduation he attended Idaho State College, graduating on May 18, 1954 in Auto Mechanics.
On May 27, 1955 Verne married Vera Petersen,Â their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
DeEsta Cornwall, 71, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away February 28, 2014 in Pocatello.
DeEsta was born April 21, 1942 in Idaho Falls to Leonard and Wilma Ross. She was raised by Clarence and Wilma Warren in the Rigby/Ririe area. She married George T. Hames on August 15, 1958. Together they had four children, two girls, Connie Jean and Quantilla Rae and two boys, George Allen and Vernal Lee. She was married to Verl Cox from 1977-1991 and Ray Cornwall from 2005-present.
Becky Jo Keele Giles, 45, of Firth passed away February 27, 2014 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.Â
Becky was born February 7, 1969 in Idaho Falls, ID to Darryl and Myrna Keele. She and her mother were best friends from the moment she was born.Â Becky attended school in Shelley, Idaho Falls, and Graduated from Blackfoot High School.Â
â€śBirdâ€ť Robin G. Matsaw, 52, sprouted her wings and journeyed on from this world Friday, February 28, 2014, at her home in Fort Hall, surrounded by family after a very courageous two year battle with colon cancer.
Robin was born July 23, 1961, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Elizabeth A. Cerino and Clyde O. Dixey Sr. and had five siblings: two brothers, Clyde â€śTykeâ€ť Dixey Jr. and Aaron Dixey and three sisters, Caroline Dixey, LeeAnn (Vincent) Avila and Lizzie (Lance) Boyd.
Â Â Jeannette Elizabeth Parmelee Powell was born December 26, 1919, in Pocatello, Idaho to Bruce Eugene Parmelee and Winstead Davie Parmelee.Â Jeannette was 94 years old when she passed away in her sleep February 26, 2014, at The Willows, 898 Meridian in Blackfoot.
Â Â Jeannette lived most of her life in the Springfield community, with time out for school and travels.Â Her parents were early day farmers, and until recently, Jeannette still lived in the house she grew up in with her only sibling, Jane Ritter of Maine (deceased).