EVANSTON — Irvin LaMont Staley, 86, was born on Nov. 3, 1927, in Coalville, Utah, to Otto Lavell Staley and Elva Ione Meadows Staley.
LaMont died peacefully in his home in Evanston Saturday, Nov. 9, surrounded by his loving family.
LaMont spent his early years growing up in Upton and Coalville, Utah. After attending North Summit High School, he went to work for the Burton Ranch on Wyoming's Upper Bear River, where he developed a love for Wyoming and the outdoors.
On Sept. 9, 1950, LaMont married the love of his life, Veda Condos, in Coalville, Utah. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake City, Utah, Temple on Aug.21, 1951.
He served his country in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. LaMont was an engineer on the Union Pacific Railroad for 36 years, retiring in 1989. He worked tirelessly as a Boy Scout of America volunteer for 65 years. Uncounted young men's lives were enriched due to his great leadership, guidance and selfless service to them.
He was instrumental in developing Camp New Fork in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, making it the premier Boy Scout Camp that it is today. LaMont was awarded the Boy Scouts of America's Silver Beaver Award, along with many other awards and recognitions.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LaMont humbly accepted every calling, including Bishop of the Evanston 2nd Ward. While he was Bishop, plans for the new Elm Street Chapel were being made and he was a very important contributor to the fund raising and building of that chapel.
LaMont is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Veda; children, John (Janice) of Ogden, Utah; Marilee (Bill) Jackson, David (Clarissa) and Christina (Pep) Brinkerhoff, all of Evanston; Glenn (Debra) of Rupert, Idahlo; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers, Owen (Superla) Staley, Coalville, Utah; Bill (Donna) Staley, Evanston; and Dennis (Beverly) Staley of Roy, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Randall LaMont, daughters, Marie and Kathy; brother and sister-in-law, Kent and Darla Rae Staley; and a granddaughter, Hailee Dawn Beatty.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov, 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.. at the Crandall Funeral Home in Evanston and also one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, Nov.13, at 11 a.m. at the Elm Street L.D.S. Church. Interment will follow services at the Evanston City Cemetery.
A special thank you for the generous and loving care provided to our Dad by the team at Compassionate Journey. You made this journey easier. And to our mother, the ‘ultimate care giver,’ we were able to keep Dad in the comforts of our family home because of the unconditional love, patience and strength our mother provided during our father's last months.
Online condolences may be left at crandallfhevanston.com
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