Idaho State Journal, 07/19/12
MALAD — Thomas Cleon Edwards, 80, peacefully passed away at home on July 17, 2012, surrounded by his family. Cleon was born on August 21, 1931, in Malad City, Idaho, the son of Warren and Kate Edwards. He was one of 10 children, six brothers and three sisters. He was raised on the family ranch in Pleasant View, Idaho, where he grew up as an adventurous and hard working farm boy. He graduated from Malad High School, where he was an outstanding athlete excelling in football and boxing.
It was during high school some 65 years ago, when he met the love of his life, Ruth Elaine Smith. On October 19, 1949, they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple for time and all eternity. She was a devoted and loving wife and he was a hardworking, supportive husband.
Cleon was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in church callings over the years and thoroughly enjoyed his relationships while serving as a high priest.
Over the years they put down roots in Idaho, Montana and Utah. He worked as an insurance salesman and in the securities industry as trader for over 30 years and upon retirement, bought part of the family ranch and moved back to Malad City.
Always a hard worker, you felt like you were always running to keep up with. He was most content when he was working the fields in one of his tractors or his big red combine. He was always excited to talk with others about the current crop conditions, controlling noxious weeds, picking rye and the current weather forecast and how nice it would be to get a good soaking rain, but only if there was no hay cut waiting to be baled.
Cleon is survived by his son, Ken (Deborah) Edwards; and daughters, Patty Mahoney, Julie Allen, Janet (Jeff) Dursteler; along with 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Cleon is also survived by two brothers, (Ren and David); and three sisters, (Kathleen, Donna Gayle, and Carol Anne).
Funeral services will be held July 21, 2012, at noon at the LDS Fifth Ward building located at 100 West 20 South, Malad City, Idaho. Friends and family may visit with the Edwards’ family on Friday, July 20, 2012, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 West 300 North, Malad City, Idaho, and Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Malad City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www. horsleyfuneralhome.com