John ‘JC’ Clark Steele

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John “JC” Clark Steele II, 49, of Salmon, Idaho, passed away April 14, 2017, surrounded by his family. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 19, at the Highway 28 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Bishop Frank Bunce conducting. Burial was in Salmon Cemetery.

John was born August 17, 1967, in Salmon, and raised by his parents John “Jack” William II and Jo Steele along with his siblings. While in high school, JC participated in track, cross-country and drama. Following his graduation in 1985, he attended Concordia University until he left on his mission for the LDS Church where he faithfully served in Illinois Peoria Mission. He really enjoyed his two years as a missionary and treasured the time he had to share the Gospel with so many people.

Returning home following his mission, he attended college in Orem, Utah, at what is now called Utah Valley University, then at Southern Utah University and finally at Utah State University in Logan. When he was not going to school, he was working for the Forest Service seasonally. His love of working in the mines in Salmon began at Beartrack Mine. He continued working in mines in Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Colorado. He so loved the work that soon it became his full-time pursuit.

He met the love of his life, Lucinda “Cindy” Lambing, in 2013 and was married November 30, 2013, in Eagle Mountain, Utah, and was sealed in the Temple on March 19, 2016, in Brigham City, Utah, where they combined their families of Shaylee, John, Kadon, Rayanna and Koldon.

Following his cancer diagnosis, the family returned to Salmon in July 2015 to be close to the rest of his family. JC was able to spend more time fishing and hunting, which he greatly enjoyed. He built his own rods and made many for others to partake in the sport.

JC always had a smile for everyone, even when his days were really difficult. He greeted you with that welcoming smile and never complained about anything. He had such a love for his family and life itself. His family has lost their teacher, their hero, their friend, their father, husband, brother and son.

He is survived by his wife, Lucinda “Cindy” Steele of Salmon; mothers, Lana Alderson of Pocatello, Idaho, and Jo Steele of Salmon; children, John Steele II, Shaylee Lambing, Kadon Lambing, Rayanna Lambing and Koldon Lambing, all of Salmon; granddaughter, Callie Lambing of Salmon; brothers, Scott (Karen) Martin of Kimberly, Idaho, Sherrod (Brittany) Parkhouse of Pocatello; sister, Dajuana (Jason) Summers of Salmon; mother-in-law, Karen Whitlock of Salmon; brother-in-law, Brad (Rachelle) Whitlock of Ephraim, Utah; sister-in-law, Cheri (Kory) Bertelson of Eagle Mountain, Utah; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John I and Waneta Steele, father, John “Jack” W. Steele II, father-in-law, Sherwood Whitlock, and niece Faith and nephew R.J. Summers.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon, Idaho.

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