Lynn Harshbarger Obituary (1941 – 2022) – Rigby, ID

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Lynn Clark Harshbarger, 80, of Ririe, died at her home on Sunday February 6, 2022.

Lynn was born on February 28, 1941 in St. Anthony, Idaho, the son of Clark and Laura Faye Abegglen Harshbarger. He attended schools in Driggs, Rexburg, and Burley, Idaho and graduated from Burley High School in the class of 1959. He worked on the family farms in Felt, Burley, and Howe, Idaho. He participated in several different extracurricular activities while in high school, including FFA. He loved the outdoors in his youth and told many stories of hunting, fishing and camping. He was also an aviation enthusiast and co-owned a small plane with his family for several years. He was passionate about amateur radio and extolled the virtues of this hobby to almost everyone he met.

Lynn married Jean Leona McKenzie in the Idaho Falls Temple on February 22, 1974. They have lived in several locations in Idaho and Utah, including Pocatello, Idaho, and Logan, Payson, and Castle Dale, Utah. They haven’t stayed in one place for more than a few years. Meanwhile, Lynn and Jean have welcomed 5 children into their home. Lynn held various jobs, including as a farm laborer for Baker Farm Corporation and a truck driver for Hatch Co. and Jack B. Kelley. They settled more permanently in Taylorsville, Utah where they resided for 8 years. Lynn was injured in a car accident and was forced into early retirement due to disability.

Despite her physical limitations, Lynn still made efforts to be productive both at church and at home. Although he was not actively attending church during this period of his life, he was diligent in fulfilling the responsibilities of his church callings. He’s adapted to being a stay-at-home dad. Her duties at home included cooking, housekeeping, and taxi service.

Lynn never felt at home during his time in Utah and was finally able to return to his roots. in what he called the promised land. Lynn, Jean and their two youngest children moved to a small lot near the town of Weiser, Idaho. Living in the rural community of Weiser seemed to revitalize Lynn. He renewed his interest in pursuits from his past, including farming and amateur radio. He returned to full activity with the LDS Church and attended it regularly for the rest of his life.

After the death of his first wife, Lynn found happiness again by meeting Jacqueline Richardson Mason. They were married in front of family and friends on October 30, 2004. Lynn and Jacque stayed in Weiser until her youngest son graduated from high school. Although he left Weiser, Lynn stayed true to his roots and settled in another rural farming community outside the small town of Rupert, Idaho. With his second wife, they cultivated several acres of alfalfa to feed a small herd of miniature horses. Lynn’s happiness after he hoped to find with Jacque wasn’t meant to be and they later divorced after seven years of marriage.

Lynn found herself in difficult times after her divorce, but was taken in by her daughter Emily and her husband Duffin. He lived with them in Idaho Falls, Idaho and after a time in Ririe, Idaho. While at Ririe, Lynn dove headfirst into her favorite hobby of ham radio. He became active with the local ham radio club and eventually earned his extra class license. He has aided other amateur radio enthusiasts by helping administer license tests.

Lynn, though active in her community through the church and her ham radio club, discovered there was still something missing in her life. He found the missing piece in Glady Fay Garrett. They married on October 31, 2016. Lynn moved to Portland, Oregon. He missed the country life he had grown accustomed to over the past few years, but with his loving new companion he was content. Lynn and Fay left Portland and started their next chapter together in Mountain Home, Idaho. Lynn had dabbled in genealogy at various times in her life. He and Fay spent much of their free time at Mountain Home working on family history at home and at church. Lynn and Fay found that their health declined as they got older. Tragically, Fay passed away in May 2020.

Lynn returned to Ririe for the remaining years of her life. He found it easy to have conversations with the people around him. He liked to share stories from his past. The places he had been and lived, the people he had known and worked with, and the things he had done were all available topics he remembered.

Lynn was predeceased by her parents, wives, sister Cheryl Smith and son Richard. He is survived by his children Emily Jean (Duffin) Cox of Rigby, Idaho, Jacob McKenzie Harshbarger of Parma, Idaho, Orville Earl (Paige) Harshbarger of Clover, SC, and William Christian Harshbarger of Rigby, Idaho, one sister Connie Faye Harshbarger of Howe, Idaho and two brothers Larry Earl (Bernita) Harshbarger of Carey, Idaho and Roger Kay (Mary) Harshbarger of Idaho Falls, Idaho and her grandchildren: Hailey Dunne, Dylan Dunne, Coltin Harshbarger and Bryce Harshbarger .

The funeral will take place on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ririe Stake Center. The family will visit friends at the stake center from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Interment will be at Carey Cemetery, Idaho at 2:30 p.m. Condolences can be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com

Published by Post Register on February 11, 2022.

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