Ellis Royce Jackman, 79, of Blackfoot, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at his home.
Royce was born Nov. 12, 1933 in Blackfoot to Ellis F. Jackman and Margaret Stewart. He graduated from Blackfoot High School. The following day he enlisted in the U. S. Navy.
One year later on July 8, 1953, Royce was sealed for time and all eternity to his high school sweetheart LaRaine Anderson in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
He served in the United States Navy in Naval Intelligence and retired after 20 years of service. During his active duty he served in Guam; Monterey, Calif., where he attended the Naval Cryptology School; and Long Beach where he was aboard the USS Los Angeles. His next shore duty he was stationed in Port Lyautey, Morocco, Africa. From there he was stationed in Istanbul, Turkey. After 6 years overseas he was stationed in Charleston, S.C. Then re-assigned to Yokohama and Yokosuka, Japan. Then he received assignment to San Diego, Calif., and was aboard the USS Constellation during the Vietnam War. Upon his return from the aircraft carrier his final military assignment was to Homestead, Fla. After his military service he returned to his hometown of Blackfoot.
After his retirement from the Navy, Royce worked at Simplot Soil Builders and at the Blackfoot Teachers Credit Union. In his free time he enjoyed family, golf, travel, reading and camping.
Royce was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was proud to have met many church leaders includingSterling W. Sill, Joseph Fielding Smith, Hugh B. Brown, Spencer W. Kimball, Thomas S. Monson and Royce served faithfully with many other family and friends. He was an officiator in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple for the past five years. He served honorably as bishop (twice), branch president, High Priest, Seventy, Elder, Sunday school teacher and a Primary and nursery worker. He also served with his lifelong companion LaRaine as missionaries in Fort Hall for three years.
Royce is survived by his wife of 59 years LaRaine of Blackfoot; son Steven (Rhonda) of Garland, Texas; son Brett (Cindy) of Logan, Utah; daughter Paulette (David) Inskeep of Blackfoot; and daughter Kathryn (Bart) Cameron of Pocatello. Other survivors include four brothers and one sister,- Darrell (Kathy), Dennis (Jodi), Margene Hernandez, Wayne (Ruth), Kirk (Sheila); two sisters in-laws, Idella Fackrell, and Sue (Rich) Holloway; 17 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Ellis Jackman; brother, Lowell (Lila); and sister, Leah Bencomo.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at the Blackfoot 2nd and 6th Ward building, 660 Teton Dr. in Blackfoot. Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot, and for one hour on Friday Nov. 30 at the church on Teton Dr. prior to the funeral service.
Interment will follow at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com .
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