Arlin D Taylor, 94, of Firth passed away at his home on April 8, 2011. of natural causes.
He was born Aug. 7, 1916, in Basalt to James B. and Luella Davis Taylor. He was the middle of five boys. After the death of his mother, his father remarried and a sister and the Jorgenson family joined the Taylor family. He spent the early part of his childhood in Holliday. He was raised in Kimball where he enjoyed the life of a farm boy, working on the farm, riding horses, and tending cattle. He enjoyed escapades with his Kimball friends. He graduated from Firth High School where he played and excelled at many sports.
He joined the National Guard and then was conscripted into the army at the beginning of World War II and served for five years in the 41st Calvary Reconnaissance Troop. He served in the Philippines, Australia, and New Guinea. He was awarded several medals, including three bronze stars. He was always proud of his service for his country.
After returning from the war he married Lorraine Broadhead on Aug. 29, 1945. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS temple. During his life he worked as a laborer for the railroad and Firth Midland Elevator. He owned and operated a farm in Kimball. He also enjoyed farming with his brothers-in-law. He worked at American Potato in Blackfoot for 15 years.
He and Lorraine worked side by side while farming, growing potatoes and wheat and raising livestock. They had a great garden which they shared with many. Arlin loved fishing, working outdoors, and spending time with his family.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he held many positions and worked in the German extraction program for several years.
Survivors include his children: Mary Lou (Robert) Garn of Salt Lake City, Utah; Kathleeen (George) Clarke of Idaho Falls; Kenneth (Sandra) Taylor of Firth; and Koralee (Boyd) Willson of Shelley.
He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Barbara Malm.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brothers, Keith, Edward, Leroy, an infant brother, and stepbrother and sisters, Gene, Alice, Rosella, and Lillian.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday April 12, 2011, at the Kimball Ward Chapel (744 North 600 East) with Bishop Boyd Peterson conducting. The family will receive friends Monday from 7-8:30 p.m.. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley and Tuesday from 10-10:40 a.m. at the church.
Burial will be in the Firth Cemetery with military rites by the Bonneville County Veterans Team. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.
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