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Grover Terrance Chatterton (1935-2013) Obituary

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Grover Terrance Chatterton (1935-2013) Obituary

Posted: 1372878302000
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 1372878357000
Surnames: Chatterton, Adams, Curtis
The Post Register, 07/03/13

Grover Terrance Chatterton passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Idaho Falls, surrounded by his family. He was born April 7, 1935, in Grace, Idaho, the son of Annie Mae Adams and Grover Winward Chatterton. He grew up in Grace and Pocatello, Idaho.

During high school, he worked at Albertsons' first grocery store, where he met his sweetheart, Barbara Ann Curtis. Grover and Barbara graduated from Pocatello High School in 1953. On June 4, 1953, they married in Jackson Hole, Wyo. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple. He always said she was the best thing that ever happened to him.

In 1957, he started his career with Prudential Insurance and they moved to Idaho Falls. During his career, he was honored as one of Prudential's top managers. In 1986, he retired. He helped his daughter, Cyndy, operate Chatterton Insurance Agency. His son, Chris, later took over.

Grover's love of the outdoors, including camping in his fifth-wheel, hunting, fishing, riding horses and ATVs, was his lifelong passion. His favorite place on Earth was Island Park. He and Barbara built a cabin there and he spent much of his time remodeling, fixing and improving it. He loved Henry's Lake Flats and planted hundreds of trees that no one believed would live.

In 1989, Grover and Barbara started Sawtelle Rentals and Sawtelle Mountain Resort in Island Park. He involved his family in both. Sawtelle Rentals became one of the largest dealerships in the west.

In 1998, they moved to Firth, where they lived for 15 years until his health made it necessary to move to Ammon.

He cherished his children and their spouses, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved being with them and looking at pictures of them. He taught them many life lessons and was proud of them all.

He was active in the LDS church. He served in many callings. As a youth, he attended the Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge. Scouting was important to Grover, and he was active in the program. He influenced the lives of many youth. Barbara and Grover's testimony of the gospel and their unselfish service will be an inspiration for many generations. The highlight of their LDS church service was a mission at the Promontory Ranch in Utah.

Grover is survived by his wife, Barbara; and his seven children, John (Marilyn) Chatterton of Lindon, Utah, Susan (David) Dewey of Idaho Falls, Sandra (Craig) Perrenoud of Ammon, Ron (Carin) Chatterton of Newcastle, Wash., Cynthia Harrison of Pocatello, Dan (Teri) Chatterton of Lindon, Utah, and Grover Chris (Trisha) Chatterton of Idaho Falls; 26 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Shirlene Turner and Ruth Edwards.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Irene Yarger.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at the LDS Chapel at 4375 E. Sunnyside Road in Ammon. Family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and Saturday for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Ammon Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Published in Post Register on July 3, 2013

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