John Byron DeLaMare, 78, of Blackfoot, Idaho, died Sunday, June 6, 1999 at Columbia Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
He was born November 27, 1920 in Oakley, Idaho to Wilford McKendrick DeLaMare and Mae Katura Reed DeLaMare. He was the sixth of their ten children. He grew up in Pocatello during the depression and graduated from Pocatello High School. He attended Idaho State University where he met Imogene (Jimmy) LaRue Vining from Jerome, Idaho. They married in 1942 before he left for World War II. He was stationed in India where he served as a machinist in the Air Force. After his return from India, he and Jimmy solemnized their marriage in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on August 1, 1948.He was an entrepreneur. He began as a sales manager for Fonnesbeck Electric in Idaho Falls. In 1960 he moved his family to Ogden, and then to Salt Lake City, Utah where he started a partnership known as Classic Homes, Inc. He won many awards over the years from the Salt Lake City "Parade of Homes" for his innovative designs and practices in custom building homes. He began a hydroponics company known as HydroGrow, which provided soilless growing greenhouses for individual home use. He returned to Idaho after purchasing property in Woodville, where he built large commercial hydroponic greenhouses. He was first in providing hydroponic tomatoes to local grocery stores. He never retired, but continued applying innovations in soilless growing, while still building and remodeling homes.
He also served in numerous callings and organizations in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was especially fond of his calling in missionary work. He loved to travel, camp, hike, and played Legion baseball for Pocatello when he was young.
He loved his family and is survived by his wife Jimmy of Blackfoot; one son, John M. (Caroline) DeLaMare of Blue Springs, Missouri; five daughters, Mary (Bob) Mozes of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Helen (Von) Larsen of Salt Lake City, Utah, Julia (Sharman) Seamons of Ferron, Utah, Cherisse (John) Monson of Firth, Idaho, Amy (Kyle) Cluff of Orem, Utah; one brother, Martell (Mitzi) DeLaMare of Jacksonville, Florida; five sisters, Wanda (Dick) LaMothe of Pocatello, Idaho, Verleen (Byron) Barker of Centerville, Utah, Helen (Tom) Strah of Pocatello, Idaho, Bonnie (Forest) Nulph of Shelley, Idaho, Barbara (Emmett) Nulph of Boise, Idaho; 30 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan LaRue (Dean) Goodwin of Blackfoot, Idaho, his parents, and three sisters. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be held Thursday June 10 at 1 p.m. at the Blackfoot 11th Ward LDS Chapel, 520 North Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot, Idaho, with Bishop Michael Horrocks conducting. The family will meet with friends Wednesday, June 9, 1999 from 7-9 p.m. at the Hill, Hawker, Sandberg Funeral Home, 214 South University Ave. in Blackfoot, Idaho, and again from 12:00-12:45 p.m. at the church prior to services. Interment will be in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.