|Birth: ||Dec. 5, 1940|
Nez Perce County
|Death: ||Dec. 8, 2010|
PRESTON - Gene Austin, 70, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah surrounded by his family.
He was born Dec. 5, 1940 in Lewiston, Utah, to Melvin and Opal Austin. He married his childhood sweetheart, Tamra Louise Layne, on Sept. 30, 1960. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple. They just recently celebrated their Golden Anniversary.
As a young man he learned the importance of responsibility and working hard. He had a smart mechanical mind and an ability to understand how things worked. He could build, repair or maintain any machinery, tool or vehicle. He amazed us all as he designed and built Riverside RV with only the blueprints and plans being in his mind. He loved being together as a family, especially the family parties and Easter egg hunts. Gene lived a life of service and leaves behind a legacy of helping others, being a good neighbor and friend.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed the memorable hunting trips with his sons and grandsons. He owned a piece of property, nestled on the banks of the beautiful Bear River. It was a grandson tradition, as they got their hunting license, to be able to hunt the ravines and plateaus on Grandpa's property. Many a "first buck" was secured with Grandpa by their side.
He was an excellent driver and proved his ability when he traveled thousands of miles as a livestock dealer. With the Shadow West business, he drove a motor home, pulling a trailer and an SUV. The trailer he designed and built would carry product in the front compartment and piggy-back an SUV on the rear. The cargo fleet was 58-plus feet. The Shadow West business took him numerous times from Houston, Texas, to Denver, Colo., Cheyenne, Wyo., and Calgary, Alberta, Canada, without a single accident.
Gene was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in various callings. He especially enjoyed the association he had with others while serving on the High Council and in the Winder Ward Bishopric. He was a faithful home teacher for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Tamra; four children, Brent (Kimberly) Austin, Richard (Lisa) Austin, Cheri Cole and Rebecca (Mark) Kent; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Tammy Paige and a grandson, Chase Bosen.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 at 1 p.m. in the Winder Ward LDS Chapel with Bishop Alan Atkinson conducting. A viewing will be held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home's new location, 1005 S. 800 East in Preston, and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com.
Created by: Barb
Record added: Dec 10, 2010
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David M. Habben
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Added: Dec. 10, 2010