DeLar Cheney

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DeLar Beebe Cheney passed away September 12, 2020, in Providence, Utah, after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was 85 years old.

DeLar was born August 18, 1935, in Brigham City, Utah, to his parents, Clayton Beebe Cheney and Ruth Anderson Cheney.

He graduated from South Cache High School in Hyrum, Utah, in 1955. His best friend was Garth Baxter who became his lifelong friend.

He studied Forestry and Science at Utah State University.

DeLar married LaDawn Clark Cheney of Logan on March 16, 1956, in the Logan Temple. They had five children.

DeLar was a loving and gentle man, full of adventure and looking for the next mountain to climb. (He always said he ate a mountain a day). He had many fun hobbies his whole life, from building his own saw mill in the backyard, going to the mountains to cut down trees for the sawmill, raising horses, and other animals, which also included bee keeping. DeLar worked for the Forest Service in Jackson Hole Wyoming and Department of Agriculture at Utah State University.

He was a member of the Photography and Ham Radio Clubs in Montpelier, Idaho, in his later years after retirement. He was a great example to all. He taught us to love the outdoors, backpacking, high mountain wildflowers, and the name of every plant in the mountains. He was an example of purity and honesty, hard work and humility, unconditional love, and forgiveness. All these Christ-like attributes seemed so easy for him. He found peace with his family and getting lost in the mountains.

His love of the Lord was undeniable by those who knew him. He left behind many memories with those he loved. Those memories will be cherished for years to come.

DeLar is preceded in death by his wife, LaDawn Cheney, brother, Wayne Jack Cheney, grandson, Kenneth Kyle Later, and his parents, Clayton Beebe Cheney and Ruth Anderson Cheney.

After the death of his wife, LaDawn, he married Diana Lewis Williams of Montpelier on September 29, 2006, in the Logan Temple.

DeLar is survived by his current wife, Diana Lewis Williams Cheney; children, Angela (Mark) Jerome of Providence, UT, Thomas Levi (Mary) Cheney of Cokeville, WY, Randal (Jennifer) Cheney of Petersboro, UT, Anita Cheney, of Pinedale, WY, and Jennifer Herrick of Evanston, WY; 27 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Open casket viewing will be Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 702 Clay St. Montpelier, ID 83254

Graveside service will be Sept. 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Dingle Cemetery.

Clergy: Bishop Jeff Keetch.

Burial: Dingle,ID Cemetery

Family luncheon afterwards at the church pavillion.

Pallbearers: Zachary Jerome, Joshua Jerome, James Cheney, Robert Cheney, Andrew Cheney, Jonathan Cheney, Jacob Cheney, Levi Cheney, Hunter Cheney, Aaron Cheney, D.J. Scott, Taylor Scott, Logan Marable.

The family suggests memorials to:

600 Cemetery Road Dingle ID, 83233.

Many thanks to Dingle, Idaho Cemetery, Schwab-Matthews Mortuary in Montpelier, Idaho and Sunset Valley Mortuary in Logan, Utah for coordinating his care. As well as friends and family support through this time.

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