LEWISTON, UT--Mervin J. Bodily, 86, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999 at his home in Lewiston, UT.
He was born in Lewiston on September 21, 1912, the second of nine children to Parley and Emma Rachel Kemp Bodily. He married Laree Alder in the Logan LDS Temple on September 29, 1937.He was a high priest in the Lewiston Second Ward and served actively throughout his life. He served in six bishoprics for a total of 30 years, was Stake Aaronic Priesthood secretary for seven years, taught Sunday School classes, and was president of the YMMIA. Mervin loved music, singing and dancing. He was active in the ward choir for almost 60 years.
He graduated from North Cache High School, and attended Utah State Agricultural College. Having been raised in a farming community, the earlier years of Mervin's married life were spent operating a small dairy farm. He was a long time active member of the Lion's Club, and served in all the officer positions. He retired in 1990 after 31 years of service as Watermaster and office manager for the Cub River Irrigation Company.
Mervin is survived by his wife, Laree A. Bodily; six children and their spouses: Garn and Lois Bodily of Lewiston; Burke and Mary Bodily of Anaheim, CA; Barry and Mary Bodily of North Logan; R. Stuart and Meridee Hatch of North Salt Lake; Gordon and Teryl Bodily of Hyrum; Kim and Rozanne Braegger of Richmond; 33 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, Cecil J. and Zona Bodily of Willard, UT; Carl S. and Lucy Bodily of Salt Lake City; and sisters, Elsa and Fay McQueen of Sandy, UT; Clarice and Clyde Sharp of Clinton, UT; and Joy and Johnny Gossett, of Clinton, UT. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Elvin P. Bodily and Morton K. Bodily, one sister, Sabina Sharp, and one grandson, Ted G. Bodily.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 14, 1999 at the Lewiston Second Ward, 10 S. 1600 W. in Lewiston, with Bishop Jan Hall conducting. Friends may call Sunday, June 13, 1999 6-8 p.m. at the Webb Funeral Home, 109 E. Oneida, in Preston, ID. and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church in Lewiston. Burial will be in the Lewiston Cemetery.
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