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Merrill Rose - Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho
Mayor M.J. "Mutt" Rose


Mayor M. J. “Mutt” Rose 75, a lifelong resident of the St. Anthony area died Monday, April 30, 2012 in the Madison Memorial Hospital from a heart condition.

Merrill J. was born July 3, 1936 the son of George and Mable Rose. He grew up in St. Anthony where he attended his Schooling Graduating from St. Anthony High School in l954.

He worked for Garrett Freight Line from l956 - 1977. He also owned and operated Cougars Corner from l986 until 2003. He was very active in the community serving as a St. Anthony City councilman for 2 years. He then served as mayor for 16 years. Other callings included being Wagon Master of Centennial Wagon Train and co owner of the Little Buckaroo Rodeo.

He married Patty Clifford on July 12, 1987 in Elko, Nevada. They made their home in St. Anthony.

He was an avid golfer and looked forward to his Chester-Fried Chicken Golf Tournament each year. Most of all Mutt enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. “Nobody has more fun than people” He will be greatly missed by all. We will miss him very much.

He is survived by his wife Patty of 26 years, Children - Randy (Wendy) Rose, St. Anthony, Rick (Joy) Rose and Kassie (Johnny) Salmon, both of West Bountiful, UT.; Cory (Kristina) Rose, Washington, 19 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren and one on the way,
Siblings Duane (Bobbie) Rose, Idaho Falls, ID.; Ron (Lynette) Rose, Veda Mae Dalley, both of St. Anthony, ID.; Sister-in-laws Ann, LaRae and Elva. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by 3 brothers Dean, Gary and Garth.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Anthony LDS Stake Center with Bp. Brent Thompson, officiating. Friends may call at the Bidwell Funeral Home Friday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and at the Church Saturday one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the St. Anthony Riverview Cemetery.

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