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 Golden Charles Linford

Golden Charles Linford

Saint Charles, Bear Lake County, Idaho, USA
Death 18 Jan 2013 (aged 85)
Rexburg, Madison County, Idaho, USA
Burial Rexburg, Madison County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 103784852 · View Source
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Golden Linford age 85 passed away on Friday January 18th at his home under the care of his family and Hospice.

He was born on March 23, 1927 in St. Charles, Bear Lake County, Idaho to George Christian Linford and Alice Peterson Linford. He attended schools in St. Charles and Paris, Idaho. During the Second World War he joined the Navy and served as a radar operator on the aircraft carrier the USS Mindora. After the war he attended and graduated from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He later received a master's degree from Idaho State in Pocatello. While at Utah State he met and married Betty Lou Merrill on March 5, 1948 in the Logan Temple.

After graduation in 1950 they moved to St. Anthony, Idaho where he taught High School Vocational Agriculture for fourteen years; still today many of his students express love and appreciation for him. In 1962 he and a partner Max Mortensen bought and operated a potato packing plant in Rexburg. Several years later they helped pioneer the development of land in the Hamer area for potato production and other crops. He and other partners built and operated the potato packing and processing plant, Sun Glo of Idaho near Sugar City. They invented and developed new frozen potato products which were sold nationwide and in other countries.

He was active in the Idaho Potato Grower Shippers association and served on the board of directors and one year as association president. As a civic leader he served on the Fremont County School Board. After moving to Rexburg was elected to the Idaho State Legislature and served in the House for sixteen years from 1984-2000. He served as Chairman of the Resource and Conservation committee and was best known for helping preserve Idaho water rights for Idaho Agriculture. He was also the ranking member of the Revenue and Taxation Committee and had significant impact on tax legislation. Golden was involved in establishing the Upper Valley Community Health Services Center in St. Anthony, Idaho.

He received many awards from various organizations and was especially pleased to be inducted into the "Eastern Idaho Agricultural Hall of Fame". In 2000 he was given the Potato Grower Shippers "Russet Aristocrat" which is awarded to one person each year. The Idaho Wildlife Council also gave him several Idaho Wildlife Legislator of the Year awards.

Golden wrote two books of family history doing original research needed on his great grandfather John Linford to place a monument at his place of death and burial on a private ranch on the Oregon/ Mormon trail in Wyoming. John Linford was a member of the ill-fated Willie Handcart Company. Golden's research and involvement subsequently resulted in the purchase of the ranch by the LDS Church and is now a major landmark on the trail at the Sixth Crossing of the Sweetwater River. A new visitor center is now under construction and will be dedicated this spring. This whole project has been a source of great joy to Golden.

He loved his country and especially Idaho. He enjoyed good horses, hunting, fishing and time in the mountains. He traveled to many places in the world, but his family was his first love and they always came first. His wife Betty died in June 1977 from injuries received in an accident. They were married 29 years and were the parents of six children.

As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints he held many callings including Bishop, High Councilman, Temple officiator and held many teaching callings. He served as a missionary at the Los Angeles Temple Visitor Center.

His later years were filled with immense happiness with his marriage to Donna Bright. His family is so grateful to Donna for her love and companionship to their father.

He is survived by his wife Donna, Children; Kent Linford (Jan), Larry Linford (Linda), Tauna Mitchell (David), Diane Andrew (Jeff), Laura Lee Rasmussen (Merwin), Lesa Stevens (David), 29 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 26th at the Rexburg South Stake Center in Lyman (2041 W 5200 S). The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m at the Stake Center prior to services. Interment will be in the Rexburg Cemetery.




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  • Added: 19 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103784852
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Golden Charles Linford (23 Mar 1927–18 Jan 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103784852, citing Rexburg Cemetery, Rexburg, Madison County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Kelly Howell (contributor 47798985) .