Miles (aka Myles) Waldo Romney, age 74, of 127 North 8th, distinguished church leader, businessman and civic leader in Pocatello, passed away early Friday evening, January 7, 1994 at Pocatello Regional Medical Center of an apparent heart attack following hip surgery.
He was born March 17, 1919 in St. George, Utah, a son of Erastus Snow Romney and Roxey Maria Stowell. His father passed away when Miles was 10 months old, and at the time was president of Dixie College. This left his mother with four children under the age of eight years to raise. He attended elementary schools in St. George and graduated from St. George High School. He attended one year at Dixie College, one year at Idaho State University and one year at the University of Denver, at which time World War II was declared and interrupted his education. He served in the U.S. Army during the war from April 1942 until July 1946, at which time he was released as a captain. It was also during this time that he married his sweetheart, Janice Clark, on May 4, 1943 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They have made their home in Pocatello permanently since 1949.Following his release from the service, Miles joined the Business Men's Assurance Company, and was a special representative for them for 48 years. He had clients all over Southeastern Idaho, who admired him for his honesty and integrity.
His community service included chairman of the Southeast Idaho Heart Fund Drive for eight years, financial chairman, Tendoy Council of the Boy Scouts of America, president of the Idaho State Association of Life Underwriters, and he served on the advisory board of St. Anthony Community Hospital for 14 years.
Miles was a dedicated servant to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called on a mission to England in 1938, where he served until the outbreak of the war, at which time he was transferred to Texas, and released in 1940. He served as a counselor in the branch presidency in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1947-1949, counselor in the 2nd Ward bishopric from 1950-1951 and bishop in the LDS 14th Ward from 1951-1956. First counselor in the stake presidency from 1956-1961. Area supervisor for the missionary program of the church from 1961-1963. A member of the Priesthood Missionary Committee, 1963-1967, regional representative of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1967-1973. He was ordained a stake patriarch in 1973 by Elder Bruce R. McConkie.
He greatly enjoyed golf and all kinds of athletic sports. His first love was his home and dear wife and children. He had the special ability of entertaining and inspiring people at the same time. He also was gifted in writing poetry and music and had written the words and music to seven songs.
He is survived by his wife, Janice C. Romney, Pocatello; five daughters: Mrs. Douglas (Judith Ann) Hatch, Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Kirk (Pamela Sue) Bennett, Mrs. Brent (Julienne) Timpson, both of West Jordan, Utah; Mrs. Dennis (Linda Kaye) Orchard, Boise, Idaho; Mrs. Robert (Merry Lyn) Chandler, Olympia, Wash.; two sisters: Dr. and Mrs. Von (Roxey) Holbrook, Bountiful, Utah; Wanda Gardner, California City, Calif.; 23 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Clark Romney, and two brothers.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, January 11, 1994, 1 p.m. at the Caldwell Park Ward, corner of 7th and Lewis, with Bishop Larry Fisher officiating. Interment will be in the Mountainview Cemetery. The family will meet with friends Monday evening, 7-9 p.m. at Manning Funeral Chapel, 510 North 12th Avenue, and on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
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