Gordon Hutchings Durney, 102, passed away in his home under the care of his family and the Blackfoot Home Health and Hospice on December 27, 2012, in Blackfoot, Idaho.
He was born February 19, 1910 in Victor, Idaho to Peter Sutton and Minerva Eliza Hutchings Durney. When he was in the 7th grade, he moved with his parents from Victor to Blackfoot, Idaho, and has resided since then in the Blackfoot area. While he was in junior high and high school, he worked after school and Saturdays at Hesses’ grocery store. Upon graduation, he was recommended for a job at the First Security Bank as the top bookkeeping student in his class; he accepted the job at a salary of $65 per month.
On September 6, 1929, he married Maxine Hodson; they were later sealed in the LoganTemple. After working in the bank for 15 years, he moved to the Riverton area and became a poultry farmer, accountant for several businesses, school bus owner and operator, and office manager of a construction company.
He served in many leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including Bishop of the Riverton Ward.
He is remembered as an avid woodworker, having built two houses and willingly shared his skills in many remodeling projects with friends and family. He was highly respected for his honesty and integrity. He and his wife were devoted parents who taught their seven children by their own example to respect learning and education, to love truth, honesty and integrity, to be self reliant and to work hard.
His wife, Maxine, died on July 17, 1978 after 48 years of marriage, and he married Leda Dawson McCurdy on February 17, 1979. They enjoyed traveling extensively and worked many years together in the name extraction program. Leda passed away in 2001. Following her death, he lived quite independently, in the home he built, the remainder of his life and he remained a stalwart example to his numerous posterity.
He is survived by six children, Carl (Marie), Ray (Gayle), Lee (Sonja), Louise Pingel (Bud, deceased), Geralyn Monson (Reed), and Susan Larsen (Jack); 32 grandchildren; 139 great grandchildren; 51 great-great grandchildren; and numerous step family members.
He was preceded in death by all of his siblings; one son, Peter Stephen; one son-in-law; and four great grandchildren.
A viewing will held Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and funeral services will be held on Monday, December 31, 2012 in the LDS Riverton Ward with Bishop Glenn Wright officiating at 11:00 am with a viewing from 10:00 am to 10:45 am. Interment will be at the Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot. The family expresses appreciation to many friends, relatives, church members and the hospice staff for their loving care and assistance.
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