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Lynn Jay Metcalf


Lynn Jay Metcalf, 91, of Leslie, Idaho passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was the fourth of seven children born to Jesse Earl Metcalf and Alice Lucinda Freeman Metcalf. He was born July 17, 1922 in the family farmhouse south of Ucon, Bonneville County, Idaho. Their family moved to the Lost River valley in 1939. Lynn married Shirley Dean Hobley in the Idaho Falls L.D.S. Temple on April 24, 1946 and they had five daughters.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and filled various callings in the Leslie Ward. He was set apart as Second Counselor in the Leslie Ward Bishopric May 20, 1956 and was ordained a High Priest by Sterling W. Sill. Through the years he faithfully served in various callings in the Leslie Ward (Sunday School Superintendency, Moore Stake Single Adult Leader, Moore Stake Mission Leader, etc.).

Lynn was a successful farmer and rancher in the Lost River Valley and has been an asset to both the community and valley for many years. He enjoyed farming and raised hay, grain, potatoes, pigs, chickens and cattle. The farm was transformed through the years from dikes and dirt ditches, cement ditches, and siphon tubes to hand lines, wheel lines and pivot sprinkler systems. He was a knowledgeable mechanic and made his farm machinery and tractors last as long as he could.

He was a member of the Mackay School Board representing his district for six years and served as Chairman for the Agriculture Stabilization Committee (ASC) for several years. He also served on the Farmers Home Administration (FHA) committee.

When televisions first came out, he became a distributor and sold approximately 200 black and white televisions. If people in the community had problems with them, he repaired them in the evenings after he had worked on the farm all day. When the television industry changed from tubes to transistors and color televisions, he decided he either needed to go to school to learn about the new advances in technology, or quit.

He took great pleasure in farming so he gave up this sideline business but added others as he sold Frantz Oil Filters, Amsoil, Mainline Garden Tillers, magnets, commercial fertilizers, and even installed a large scale for weighing hay and grain in Leslie that he believed would benefit the community. At one time he did custom baling for eight farms using a Freeman Bailer. He welcomed new technology and enjoyed learning new things. He actively served his neighbors and would plow snow from their driveways and began a tradition of giving them a jar of honey every year for Christmas. He enjoyed picnics, hunting and fishing. He had a great sense of humor and love of life.

His first wife Shirley died July 25, 1980 in a semi-truck and pickup collision. He later met and married Velma Rasmussen Christensen, mother of one daughter and seven sons, on July 11, 1981 in Idaho Falls. Together Lynn and Velma served as missionaries in the Arkansas Little Rock Mission for 13 months in 1984-1985. He retired from farming in 2011 and leased the farm to Gary Wight, a grandson of his brother Dale Metcalf. He and Velma restored and improved the old family farmhouse and barn in Leslie and moved into it in 2012 and enjoyed the memories associated with it.

He is survived by his wife, Velma Lilly Rasmussen; daughters Anita Lyn (Richard) Freeman of Arco, Idaho, Lona Joy (Paul) Engberson of Terreton, Idaho and Patti Renae (Craig) Bingham of Terreton, Idaho; Velma’s children, Theodore Jay (Carol) Christensen of Blackfoot, Idaho, Joseph Ervin (Rhonda) Christensen of Mackay, Velma Lenora (Steve) Newton of Rigby, Idaho, Paul Arnold (Dot) Christensen of Grangeville, Idaho, Scott Rolf Christensen of Idaho Falls, Wayne Lorin (Isabel) Christensen of Pocatello, Idaho, and Daniel Carl (Stephanie) Christensen of Salt Lake City, Utah. They have 57 grandchildren, 127 great-grandchildren and one great- great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Earl Metcalf (1895-1954) and Alice Lucinda Freeman Metcalf Wells (1897-1981); his first wife, Shirley Dean Hobley (1928-1980); daughters Cheryl Dean Metcalf (1958-1958) and Sally Ann (Cleve) Hymas (1953-2006); Velma’s deceased son, Max Alden Christensen (1963-1968); and all of his siblings, Marvin Earl Metcalf (1916-1984), Verna Mary Moyer Knowlton (1917-1992), William Harold Metcalf (1920-1920), Dale Robert Metcalf (1924-2014), Alice Charmaine Anderson (1929-2007) and Gay Nelda Metcalf Owens Young Stott (1935-2013).

We celebrated his life at a viewing Wednesday evening, February 26. Another viewing and a family prayer will be held the next morning, Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 10-11 a.m. with the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. at the Moore LDS Stake Center. Dedication of the grave and burial will be at the Leslie Cemetery in Leslie, Idaho under the direction of Anderson Family Funeral Home 2555 N. Highway 93 Arco, Idaho.

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