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Elmo Hathaway- Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho
Elmo R. Hathaway

   Elmo Ray Hathaway was born 1 November, 1920 in Menan, Idaho, the fourth of five children, to Stanley A. and Nora Gibby Andrew Hathaway. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great, great grandfather and an enthusiastic learner and participant in various types of crafts, arts, science and exploring. He left this life for a better one on 7 November, 2015.
Elmo attended schools in Ogden, Utah until the middle of the eleventh grade, at which time his family returned to Idaho. He graduated from Sugar-Salem High School in 1939 and took classes at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho). He also expanded his banking and computer skills by attending seminars and institutes.
After training at the Weiser Technical School, Elmo did electrical contracting throughout Eastern Idaho until the attack on Pearl Harbor which drew the United States into World War II. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and served in the Pacific theater; mainly on the islands of Guam and Okinawa. After that experience, he expressed the desire never to go camping again but soon overcame that and spent many pleasant hours in the mountains and on lakes with his family.
On January 25, 1943, he and Iris Howard were married by Bishop Thomas M. Bassett in St. Anthony, Idaho . Their marriage was later sealed for eternity in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple. Their daughter, Marsha, who was born while her Dad was away, was sealed to them at the same time. Five children (Marsha Ann, Sandra, Christine Elnora, Kirk Elmo and Brent Ray) were born to this union; four of whom grew to maturity.
After his honorable release from service in the armed forces, Mr. Hathaway began his banking career at the First Security Bank of Idaho in St. Anthony. He rose through the ranks to become the youngest assistant manager in the corporation and became the youngest manager in that corporation when he was assigned as manager of the American Falls, Idaho Branch. Later, he accepted a position as vice president with the Valley Bank, which was headquartered at Rexburg, Idaho, until his retirement in 1981. He also served as a director of Valley Bank for approximately fifteen years.
Elmo was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he worked in the Scouting program, Sunday School, MIA Stake Presidency, as a teacher, as a dance director, as a counselor in the High Priests Quorum and as a stake clerk for seven years. He and Iris worked in the Idaho Falls Temple prior to the time they were called to serve in the Philippines Manila Mission.
Elmo's community service included being secretary of the Lions Club. Later, he served as a director and also as president of the Rexburg Rotary Club. He was treasurer of the Polio Foundation in Fremont County and as legacy chairman of the Madison County Cancer Society. During the “Cold War” years, he served as Commander of the Ground Observer Corps in Madison County. He also enjoyed working with wood and crafting items for his family. He repaired plumbing, electrical and carpentering problems in the home.
He is survived by his wife of seventy-two years; daughters Marsha (Larry) Bates of Bedford, Wyoming and Sandra (Terry) Warnick of Salt Lake City; sons Kirk (Darlene) Hathaway of Flower Mound, Texas and Brent Hathaway of Midway, Utah; a sister, Darlene Bronson of Oakley, California, fifteen grandchildren, thirty-eight great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. His parents, three brothers and one infant daughter preceded him in death.
Memorial services will be conducted Friday Nov. 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Bedford Wyoming LDS Church . Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Military Rites will be performed by the St. Anthony V.F.W. and American Legion in the Wilford Cemetery at 3:30 p.m.
 

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