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John Mains Bidwell Funeral Home
John Mains


   John D. Mains 85, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012 at his home in St. Anthony following a lingering illness, surrounded by his family.

John was born Jan. 31, 1927 in Idaho Falls, ID. the son of Jack and Zella Mains. He attended 1sr and 2nd grade in Rigby and then the family moved to Hamer, ID. where he finished his schooling. He was in the Boy Scouts and earned several merit badges. He also played on the high school basketball team. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in l944 and stationed in the Philippines. Shortly after returning home from the Navy, he began working for Utah Power and Light as an apprentice journeyman lineman. He finished his training and became certified in l950.

He married Velda May Barney on Sept. 5, 1947 in Idaho Falls. They lived in Rexburg until l950 when they moved to St. Anthony. He lived there until his death except from 1969 to 1974 when he transferred to Hamer,Id. He had transferred back to St. Anthony before the Teton Dam broke. Velda died May 20, 1999.

John was active in the community and received a commendation from Gov. Andrus for his hard work getting the power restored after the flood. He was a member of the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire department from l954 to l977. He served as Fire Chief from l958 to l959. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, 4-wheel, hunt for artifacts but mostly spent time with his family.

John and Velda were married 52 years and had five children. Felica (John) Pierotti, Aaron (Barb) Mains, David Mains, Shelly Maupin and Mark (Liz) Mains all living in St. Anthony except Shelly who lived in Twin Falls. He had 14 Grandchildren, 35 Great Grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his wife Velda, parents, a brother Carl, and two sisters, Audrey and Betty Marie.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 11;00. a.m. in the Bidwell Funeral Home with Gary Bidwell, Conducting. Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again Thursday one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Wilford Cemetery.


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