Gary Lynn Mitchell, 71, of Roberts, passed away at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.
Gary was born Jan. 31, 1946, in Roosevelt, Utah, a son of Benjamin Elias Mitchell and Reta Noreen Black Mitchell. He married Kathleen Newman in the Logan Utah LDS Temple on March 15, 1968.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in various callings throughout his life. He worked as a short-order cook for Crossroads Café in Tremonton, Utah, but most of his life was spent in education. He was a teacher at Georgetown Elementary, then was the head teacher in Georgetown, Idaho. He was former principal of A.J. Winters Elementary in Montpelier, Idaho, then principal of Paris Elementary in Paris, Idaho. He then moved to the Menan Elementary in Menan, Idaho, and then Roberts Elementary in Roberts, Idaho, where he retired. He loved working on family history.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Mitchell, of Roberts; two daughters, Tamra Lynn (Joel) Merritt, of Smithfield, Utah, and Debra Leigh (Robert) Hearn, of Logan, Utah; three sons, Brett Jay (Shauna) Mitchell, of Kaysville, Utah, Shawn Gary (Julie) Mitchell, of Idaho Falls, and Jeremy Robert (Sally) Mitchell, of Rigby; four sisters, Sue (Alan) Perry, of Logan, Utah; Sandra (Howard) Andreason, of Custer, Washington; Lorelei (Gregg) Marvel, of Chicago, Illinois; and Marilyn (Lee) Russell of Ivans, Utah; one brother, Robert (Jan) Thayne, of Deweyville, Utah; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Elias Mitchell; mother, Reta Noreen Thayne; stepfather, Ferron Monroe Thayne; and a brother, Gary Michael Mitchell.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. in Roberts LDS Church, 663 North 2858 East in Roberts, Idaho. The family will visit with friends today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St., in Rigby, Idaho, and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Roberts LDS Church. Burial will be Friday at noon in Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South in Salt Lake City, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.