Judge Marion Jones Callister of Boise, Idaho died of natural causes Tuesday, June 24, 1997 at Boise, Idaho.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Monday, June 30, 1997, in the Boise Third Ward, LDS Chapel, 3200 Cassia. Interment will follow in the Morris Hill Cemetery. The family will greet friends at a viewing Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Relyea Funeral Chapel and at the church on Wednesday from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.Marion J. Callister, son of Annie Francella Jones and Orson Pratt Callister was born in Moreland, Idaho on June 6, 1921. He attended grade school at Groveland, Idaho and high school at Blackfoot. He served as president of the student body and was active in sports; he was a member of the Blackfoot state champion basketball team in 1939. He attended the University of Utah where he received a bachelor law degree and a juris doctorate degree. He practiced law from 1951-53 in Blackfoot and came to Boise in 1953 as an assistant US district attorney. He was in private practice in Boise from 1957 to 1970 when he was appointed a fourth district judge in the state court. He later served as the US Attorney before being appointed to the Federal District Court where he served as Chief Justice before his retirement in 1989. Judge Callister's memberships in law organizations included the Fourth District Bar Association, Idaho State Bar Association, American Judicature Society and National Association of Claimants' Counsel of America. As an attorney he was admitted to the US District Court and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
He was respected by attorneys and judges alike for being considerate as well as a fine constitutional jurist. He is remembered throughout the Idaho Federal Court System for his fairness.
Marion Callister was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a missionary for two years, was bishop of the Boise Third Ward, counselor in the Boise West Stake Presidency, President of the Boise West Stake and Regional Representative of the Twelve, as well as scoutmaster and Sunday school teacher. He served his church in a gentle and caring manner.
Judge Callister served in the Army in World War II from 1944-46 in the European theatre and was wounded in action.
He served on the United Fund Board, the Idaho Visiting Nurses Board, member of the Ada County Mental Health Committee and the Idaho State Bar Legislative Committee. He was active on the Ore-Ida Boy Scout Council and received the Philmont National Scout Camp Training Award.
He was a man of integrity and honesty, and great devotion to his family. He spent many hours teaching his children winter and summer sports.
He married Nina Lynn Hayes formerly of Prescott, Ariz., on June 7, 1946, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They have 12 children, 11 girls and one boy. They also opened their home to 12 other young people at critical times in their lives. Judge Callister is survived by his wife, Nina and 12 children: Nona (Edward) Haddock, Lana Sue Meredith, Jenny (Richard) Thomas, Tamara (Benjamin) Banks, Idonna (Ronn) Andersen, Patricia (John) Carr, Deborah (David) Hansen, Mary Fowler, David (Becky) Callister, Nancy (Steve) Garvin, Michelle (Roman) Burk, and Kimberly (Brandon) Simmons. He is also survived by 47 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and by two sisters and four brothers: Francella Hale, Lila Jolley, Orson, Hyrum, Rulon, and Lovell Callister.
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