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Idaho State Journal, 04/05/07
POCATELLO-Delbert Smith Parker, 86, longtime resident of Pocatello, passed away Saturday,
March 31, 2007, at a local care center. He was born February 27, 1921, in Lanark, Idaho, a
son of Erwin and Eva Arvilla Smith Parker. He attended school in Lanark, Idaho, and
graduated from Fielding High School in Paris, Idaho. He served an LDS mission for two
years to the southern states. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the
He moved to Pocatello and drove bus for Bear Lake Stages for several years, and then
drove for Greyhound Bus for two years. He also worked for C&L Electric for about two
years. He then started work for FMC in 1949, and retired as foreman after 38 years.
On June 24, 1950, he married Mildred Pierce Byers in Lanark, Idaho. She passed away
June 28, 1983. He married Verla Walker Ellis July 2, 2001, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They
were later divorced.
Delbert liked to fish and hunt, and also enjoyed photography and traveling. He was an
active member of the LDS Church, and was a high priest at the time of his death.
Survivors include a son, Harvey (Gladys) Byers, Sheridan, Wyoming; a daughter, Sandra
(Rick) Schmidt, Shelby, Montana; a brother, Erwin (Dorotha) Parker, Pocatello; sister,
Norma Carver, Preston, Idaho; 11 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and five
great-greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Mildred
Parker, and two sisters, Evelyn and Verla.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 7, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Manning-Wheatley
Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave., with Bishop Russell Armstrong of the Chubbuck Ninth Ward
officiating. Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, with military rites provided
by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Friday evening,
April 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave., and
Saturday for one hour prior to services.
Online tributes may be sent to www.manningwheatleyfuneralchapel.com
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