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Golden Linford (1927-2013) Obituary

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Golden Linford (1927-2013) Obituary

Posted: 1359049776000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Linford, Peterson, Merrill
Standard Journal, 01/24/13

Golden Linford, age 85, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice. He was born on March 23, 1927, in St. Charles, Bear Lake County, Idaho to George Christian Linford and Alice Peterson Linford. He attended schools in St. Charles and Paris, Idaho. During the Second World War, he joined the Navy and served as a radar operator on the aircraft carrier the USS Mindora. After the war, he attended and graduated from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He later received a master’s degree from Idaho State in Pocatello. While at Utah State he met and married Betty Lou Merrill on March 5, 1948, in the Logan Temple.

After graduation in 1950, they moved to St. Anthony, Idaho where he taught High School Vocational Agriculture for 14 years; still today many of his students express love and appreciation for him. In 1962, he and a partner Max Mortensen bought and operated a potato packing plant in Rexburg. Several years later, they helped pioneer the development of land in the Hamer area for potato production and other crops. He and other partners built and operated the potato packing and processing plant, Sun Glo of Idaho near Sugar City. They invented and developed new frozen potato products which were sold nationwide and in other countries.

He was active in the Idaho Potato Grower Shippers Association and served on the board of directors and one year as association president.

As a civic leader, he served on the Fremont County School Board. After moving to Rexburg, he was elected to the Idaho State Legislature and served in the House for 16 years from 1984 to 2000. He served as chairman of the Resource and Conservation Committee and was best known for helping preserve Idaho water rights for Idaho agriculture. He was also the ranking member of the Revenue and Taxation Committee and had significant impact on tax legislation. Golden was involved in establishing the Upper Valley Community Health Services Center in St. Anthony, Idaho.

He received many awards from various organizations and was especially pleased to be inducted into the “Eastern Idaho Agricultural Hall of Fame.” In 2000, he was given the Potato Grower Shippers “Russet Aristocrat” which is awarded to one person each year. The Idaho Wildlife Council also gave him several Idaho Wildlife Legislator of the Year awards.

Golden wrote two books of family history, doing original research needed on his great-grandfather John Linford to place a monument at his place of death and burial on a private ranch on the Oregon/ Mormon trail in Wyoming. John Linford was a member of the ill-fated Willie Handcart Company. Golden’s research and involvement subsequently resulted in the purchase of the ranch by the LDS Church and is now a major landmark on the trail at the Sixth Crossing of the Sweetwater River. A new visitor center is now under construction and will be dedicated this spring. This whole project has been a source of great joy to Golden.

He loved his country and especially Idaho. He enjoyed good horses, hunting, fishing and time in the mountains. He traveled to many places in the world, but his family was his first love and they always came first. His wife, Betty, died in June of 1977 from injuries received in an accident. They were married 29 years and were the parents of six children.

As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints he held many callings including bishop, high councilman, temple officiator and he held many teaching callings. He served as a missionary at the Los Angeles Temple Visitor Center.

His later years were filled with immense happiness with his marriage to Donna Bright. His family is so grateful to Donna for her love and companionship to their father.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, children, Kent Linford (Jan), Larr,y Linford (Linda), Tauna Mitchell (David), Diane Andrew (Jeff), Laura Lee Rasmussen (Merwin), Lesa Stevens (David), 29 grandchildren and 36 greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Rexburg South Stake Center in Lyman (2041 W. 5200 S.) The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Stake Center prior to services. Interment will be in the Rexburg Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.  

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