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David Lane Rasmussen

  David Lane Rasmussen, 62, of Rexburg, Idaho, passed away during the night Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at his home from a brain aneurysm.
David was born March 31, 1949, in Driggs, Idaho, to E. Hal and LeIsle Greene Rasmussen. David grew up the fifth oldest of 12 siblings born to Hal and LeIsle. From an early beginning, David learned the value of hard work, growing up on a farm in the beautiful Teton Valley. It was on the farm that a strong love of animals, especially horses,but not milk cows,was developed.
Through David's high school and early college years, he participated on the wrestling team and honed his singing and acting abilities, performing in school plays and at Pierre's Playhouse in Victor, Idaho. Music was a big part of David's life and he was known for regularly quoting lines from country songs.
David was a stalwart and valiant member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Nothing in life was more important to him than living and sharing the gospel, which his family knows he is faithfully doing where he is currently. He served an honorable mission from 1969-71 in the Argentina Buenos Aires Mission. Throughout his life, he served on the LDS Church High Council, as a Bishopric Councilor, Elder's Quorum president, in Boy Scouts, Young Men's leadership and Gospel Doctrine teacher,his favorite calling of all. The scriptures were always open in his room and he spent hours upon end studying them in-depth. David's Book of Mormon hero was the life of Captain Moroni. Though he was faced with many trials and hardships in his life, his testimony of the Lord never faltered.
David met and fell in love with Carla Harris of Idaho Falls, Idaho, while working construction for Carla's father. They were married May 18, 1973, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. During their early married years, the couple lived in Provo, attending Brigham Young University. David remained a faithful BYU football supporter all his life. After BYU, David and Carla moved back to Idaho and established roots in Rexburg. David focused on raising his family of three children,David Nathan, Carrie Nicole and Andrea Nalene,and building a successful career in concrete construction. He and his wife were later amicably divorced and family always remained his highest priority.
David's favorite pastime was raising, riding and spending time with his horses. He adored his grandchildren and spent time visiting and holding new grandchildren whenever possible. In addition to BYU football, David was an avid Utah Jazz supporter. He loved traveling, fishing, flying, reading, eating a home-cooked meal and spending quality time laughing, joking, playing games and reminiscing with friends and loved ones. David served as a County Commissioner for Madison County and was a strong political advocate, fostering high regard for his country. David was respected and admired by many and he built a great legacy for his family to honor. He will be deeply missed!
David is preceded in death by his parents, Hal and LeIsle Rasmussen. He is survived by his loving children and spouses, David Nathan and wife Brooke of Spokane, Washington, Carrie Nicole and husband Scott Allen of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Andrea Nalene of Salt Lake City, Utah; his seven adoring grandchildren, Gabriel, Cooper, Taylor, Jade, Brody, Marin and Reese; and his seven brothers and four sisters, Doug (Rita), Joe (Tracy), Susan (late Richard) Sharp of Rexburg, Idaho; Buzz (Jani) of Victor, Idaho; Jim (Pat) of Rapid City, South Dakota; Lynda (Dennis), Jean (Vern), Kenny (Cindy) of Rigby, Idaho; Phillip (Sara Lee) of Enumclaw, Washington; Richard (Betty), Rupert, Idaho; and Patty (Keith) of Newdale, Idaho.
His children and grandchildren will always be grateful for their dad teaching them by wonderful example about the best aspects of faithfulness, work ethic, integrity, and service to others and family.
Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, October 6, 2011, at the Lyman 2nd Ward, 1952 West 6000 South, with Bishop Kevin Barns officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6pm to 7:30pm Wednesday also at the Lyman 2nd Ward and an hour prior to the funeral services Thursday. Burial will follow in the Archer Sutton Cemetery.

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