DECLO – Earl Hensen Hurst, 77, of Declo, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2011, at his home. Earl was born on March 23, 1934, in Declo, Idaho, the tenth child of 12 children born to Winfield and Arvella (Thorne) Hurst.
He had eight brothers and three sisters, Leona Anderson, Leo, Harold, Floyd, Arvel, Arlene Cheever, Norman, Vernal, Archie, Lamar, and Belva Henscheid.
Earl married the love of his life, Charlotte Beverly “Lottie” Bailey, on July 31, 1953, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Dad commented, “They said we were too young,” – Earl being 19-years-old and Lottie 16.
However, from this union came five beautiful girls and two wonderful sons, Debra (Leonard) Beck, Darla (Glen) Whipple, Becky (Mark) Stoker, Beverly (Alan) Harper, Brent (deceased), Shawn (Cindy) Hurst, and Lisa (Ray) Hollist.
Our dad worked hard. You could always see him out in the fields with his crew of girls and his son, Shawn, setting the water, loading up pigs for the sale, milking and bedding down the cows, or working late into the night on the tractor.
He cared very deeply for everyone he came in contact with. They would always come away feeling better
about themselves. Along with working hard, he loved all sports! In his younger years, he played football, basketball and baseball.
In his later years, he took up the sport of golf. If he wasn’t participating, he was watching it on TV. He also enjoyed attending other sporting events and especially looked forward to watching his children and grandchildren play. He worked at Kraft Foods in Rupert, for 20 years and made many friends from his association there.
Dad had a way of loving his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He cared deeply for each of his 26 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren and they felt of his abiding love. He was a very special person and we will miss him so much! We know he is in a far better place and is happy.
We express our sincere appreciation to the Minidoka Memorial Hospice – especially Whitney. In lieu of
flowers, please consider donations to the Minidoka Memorial Hospice.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2011 at the Declo LDS Stake Center, 213 W. Main St.,
with Bishop Garth Searle officiating. Burial will be in the Declo Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10-10: