Theron Huff

Sep 12, 2012 Staff

Theron Huff, of Lander, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. He was 91 years old.

A visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Relief Society Room of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the corner of Cascade and South Sixth streets, Lander. A funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the same location.

Theron C. Huff was born July 12, 1921, to Elmer and Annie Westring Huff of pioneer stock that settled in Lake Shore, Utah. As a boy growing up near Utah Lake he loved to fish and hunt for Canadian geese. He always had a fondness for his hometown.

In 1941, Mr. Huff and his childhood friend Ralph Simmons joined the U.S. Air Corps. Mr. Huff was stationed at Marana Air Force base near Tucson, Ariz., for five years as an airplane mechanic.

He married Blanche Davis on Dec. 19, 1942, in Tempe, Ariz. They had four children, Ronald, Philip, Linda and Corey. After completing his military service he returned with his family to his childhood home.

In 1962, Mr. Huff and his family moved to Lander, where he was employed at the Atlantic City Iron Ore Mine (U.S. Steel) for 21 years. After retiring from U.S. Steel, Mr. Huff returned to his roots as a farmer's son, raising a wonderful garden every summer. His family said he loved to share his vegetables with friends and neighbors.

Mr. Huff was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His family said he was diligent and conscience with all his church callings; he held several positions; and he was honored to serve as the Elders Quorum president and continued with home teaching until his failing health precluded it.

After the death of his wife, Blanche, in March 1988, Mr. Huff subsequently married Erva Cox Carpenter in November 1998.

In 1990, the couple served a mission to the San Bernardino, Calif., mission and were assigned to Bishop, Calif. After their mission, the couple worked from 1992 to 1995 as campground hosts for L&L Inc. at the Slide Lake Campground in the Bridger Teton National Forest.

His family said he left a legacy of courage and conviction and was proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved all children, whether they were his progeny or not. They said he will be remembered as a man who loved the simplicity of life and who dearly loved his family and cherished his time with them.

He is survived by his wife, Erva; sons Ron and his fiancée Shanna, Philip and his wife Kathy and Corey and his wife Rowlanda; daughter Linda Downs; stepchildren Kathy and Tom Johnson, Steve and Gerie Carpenter and Craig Carpenter; 21 grandchildren; and 44 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche; his parents; two brothers; five sisters; and a stepson, Kevin Carpenter.

Services are under the direction of the Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. An online guest book is available at

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