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Elden Staley

Elden Staley Star Valley Ranch, WY - Elden Staley, 87, of Star Valley Ranch died Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at his home after a brief illness. He had been a long time resident of Rock Springs prior to moving to Star Valley Ranch. He was born May 5, 1928 in Upton, Utah, the son of Elmer Doris Staley and Margaret Matilda Overson Staley. He attended schools in Coalville, Utah and graduated from North Summit High School with the class of 1946. He married Barbara Vernon September 12, 1950 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, Salt Lake City. She preceded him in death on July 7, 2014. He had worked for Mountain Fuel (Questar) for 20 years. He owned and operated Taco Times for 30 years retiring in 2002. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His interests were playing cribbage, golfing, fishing, following Utah Jazz and BYU sports, his home in Star Valley, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Survivors include his sons Leland V. Staley and wife Denise, Richard Staley and wife Kathy all of Rock Springs; daughter Jeanene Pickett and husband Mark of Citrus Heights, California; brothers Neal Staley and wife Emma of Hagerman, Idaho, and Spencer Staley and wife Carolyn of St. George, Utah; sisters Karen Gigar and husband Jack of Parowan, Utah, Blanche Eisenhauer and husband Arthur of Anacortes, Washington, and Viola Birch and husband Rex of Evanston, Wyoming; grandchildren Cara Erickson and husband Chris of Green River, Brad Porter and wife Amber of Grand Junction, Colorado, Richard Porter and wife Maurgan of Grand Junction, Adam Pickett and wife Michele of Bethesda, Maryland, Jonathan Pickett of Los Angeles, California, Michael Pickett and wife Kelly of Austin, Texas, Jordan Pickett of Citrus Heights, California, Ryan Staley and wife Allison of Las Vegas, Nevada, Sheri Staley and partner Dave of McCall, Idaho, David Petrie and wife Nichole of Lakewood, Colorado, and Derek Petrie and wife Kaitlin of Littleton, Colorado; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Margaret Staley, daughter Claudia Lambson, brother Ray Staley, sisters June Taylor and Geraldine Schmitt. A viewing will be held 5-7 pm Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Fox Funeral Home, 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs. Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Hoytsville LDS Chapel, Hoytsville, Utah, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the services. Interment will take place in the Hoytsville Cemetery, Hoytsville, Utah. In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Sweetwater County, 333 Broadway Suite 220, Rock Springs, WY 82901.

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We are grateful that our dear family friends Barbara and Elden are reunited in Heaven. We have so many wonderful memories of the Rabbits running (golf) and the Hares getting together, our Thursday night dinners, fishing and floating, treks around WY and up to MT, taco parties and homemade ice cream on the porch of the cabin. They were a team in everything they did so we find comfort in knowing they are reunited again. To those left behind who loved them so find comfort in their love for each other and for each of us. How blessed it is to know you have had them for so long. Gone in spirit, we carry them in our hearts. Be kind to yourselves. They want you to remember the fun times, how much they loved you and all the effort it took to raise you up inland give you a start and learn from their direction. If they made mistakes, it was not intended because we know they loved each and every one of you deeply, sincerely and wanted everything the world and God's grace could provide you. They taught us much. Our loving condolences for your loss and hope you enjoy a wonderful celebration of life of your Father. Elden and Barbara taught us much . Bob and Linda Gwyn

Bob and Linda Gwyn and Mistic Feb 8 2016 7:36 PM

We are so very thankful to have known Barbara and Elden. They were first at our house each summer when we arrived from Texas and ready to play Rummikub!! Max enjoyed taking Elden fishing and Barbara and I discussed recipes. By the way, who has the taco recipe? They were gracious people and will be so very missed by to many. Love, Margin and Max

Margin/Max Latham Feb 4 2016 2:36 PM

We are so very sorry for your loss. Your parents were dear friends of our parents and were so gracious to us as well. We have fond memories of time spent with them in Wyoming and when they visited dad in Oklahoma. We had fun together.

Phyllis Raddant & James Larry Killingsworth Feb 4 2016 10:13 AM

Lee and Denise you have our deepest sympathy. Eldon was our neighbor over on Massachusetts Ave. we great visits in the alley. His art work really suprised me. Great detail with the barn wood pictures. He was a great neighbor and friend. Russ& Teresa

Russ & Teresa Anderson Feb 4 2016 10:13 AM