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Thursday September 16th, 2021
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Earl L Neeley

Earl L Neeley peacefully passed away September 4, 2021 following a terminal cancer diagnosis in April. Earl was born in his maternal grandmother’s house in Preston, Idaho on May 19, 1929 the second son of Mary Chloe McCombs and Lowell Miller Neeley. He lived with his family in Riverdale, Id with his paternal grandfather during his early childhood. He was blessed to be raised in a loving home with 4 siblings and a mother and father that loved them completely. The family moved to the outskirts of Preston and Earl attended local schools. He was well known in high school as Junior Class President and the student body president his senior year and a member of the 1947-48 Preston High School Idaho State Basketball Championship team. He was pleased to be honored with his surviving teammates at the 2008 Idaho state championship tournament.

While in high school Earl met a cute young lady from Fairview, Clarice Cole. They had a great friendship and if you had a chance to read the dedications in their yearbooks you would see their life long love developing. They married February 16, 1949 in the Logan LDS Temple. Earl and Clarice built a family together as they moved about the western United States with his career in the Bureau of Reclamation. They made their first home in Preston and it wasn’t long before Earl’s career started moving them around. Kamas, Utah -1951 when their first son Michael Earl was born. Ogden, Utah -1953 when their second son Mark C was born. Nevada and California -1961 when their third son, Gregory Shawn was born. Back to Ogden,Utah -1964 when their only girl, Rebecca Jo joined the family. With each move they were blessed with learning experiences and many good friends. Earl and Clarice created a loving, physically active home where hard work, service, devotion, sports, music and laughter were a part of every day life.

Earl was a natural leader and worked hard. He was a friend to all. He could strike up a conversation with anyone. He was charming and full of good humor. He had a great love and understanding of youth and their capabilities. He found joy in participating in youth activities that built confidence, leadership and nurtured their relationships with Jesus Christ. He participated in service and leadership all of his life. He was an active participant in building the kingdom of God. He served wholeheartedly no matter where he lived or what position of leadership to which he was called. He served in Utah, California, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Arizona and Idaho. When he retired he served as a full-time missionary with his wife in the Spokane Washington Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Together they served as ordinance workers in the Logan Utah LDS temple for close to 20 years. When he wasn’t able to physically do the service he desired, he worked diligently indexing names for family history. He indexed and reviewed over 190,000 records. He ministered and cared for many throughout his life. He truly did his best to love God and his fellow men.

His descendants feel especially grateful for the example he set. He loved all of his children, he welcomed each spouse who joined the family and was tickled when grandchildren began to join the family. He had a place in his heart for each and his heart just got bigger when the greats began to arrive. His smile would fill with light when he talked of them.

Earl is survived by his wife of 72 years, Clarice Cole and two siblings, Donna Nickerson, Boise Id; Phillip Neeley, Tucson, Az; his three sisters-in-law, Sharon (Lynn)Johnson, St. George, Ut; Louise Hodges, Grapevine, Tx; Portia (Robert) Williams, St. George, Ut; his children, Mark C Neeley (Susan) of Pleasant Grove, Ut; Gregory S Neeley(Cathy) of North Logan, Ut; Rebecca Jo Knuth (Cary) of Livermore, Ca; Carolyn Thompson Neeley (daughter-in-law) of Idaho Falls, Id. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren +3 on the way and 1 great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Michael E Neeley, his mother and father, Mary Chloe McCombs and Lowell Miller Neeley, his older brother, Kent, his younger sister, Bonnie Lue Hansen, one grandson and his wife’s parents, Vernon P Cole and Vera L Knudsen and his brother-in-law, Gorden Hodges.

Memorial services will be held Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 South 800 East, Preston Idaho. Friends may call September 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home and Friday 10 to 10:45 a.m. before the services. Internment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Riverdale, Idaho. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at webbmortuary.com. Services will be available to stream live Friday September 17 at 11:00 a.m. MDT at the following link https://youtu.be/KiaHbnNU-Zs

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Uncle Earl was always willing to help wherever and whenever needed.when I would be visiting grandma and grandpa Cole uncle Earl would make sure I helped even though I tried to hide. Mainly when we would be putting up corn.i always had to help shuck the corn never could just stir. But he always made it fun. Not sure if he ever knew who I was besides Sharon's daughter

Sally Johnson Luthy Sep 17 2021 11:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Earl Neeley

Cameron Neeley Sep 17 2021 1:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Earl Neeley

Phil Neeley Sep 17 2021 12:01 PM

I can remember doing a lot of thing with the family playing basketball swimming at the house. Going home teaching when they called it that President Neely all ways wanted go the first of the mouth. When there was something going on with the youth out of town he would always give me a call to go with him always had a good time no matter what we did. He also was welling to help anybody that need it always had a good time with him and family. Thanks for the good memories.

John Taylor Sep 14 2021 11:04 PM

Greg, Becky and family I am sorry for the loss of you father.
I remember the trip from Preston the summer we played softball in southern Califorina as youth and riding with your family to the games.

Jeff Evans Sep 13 2021 11:14 PM

I had the pleasure of serving with Earl for 9 years in two different Stake Presidencies. He was an exceptional man. He loved the people in Yuma and the people loved him. I remember that he knew most every youth in the Stake by name. Betty and I have kept in touch with Earl & Clarice every year with Christmas cards. We considered both of you dear friends.

Bryant & Betty Gardner Sep 13 2021 8:32 PM

Earl Neeley was our District President in Minot, N.D. in the early '70's. We loved and respected him so much. What a kind wise man. He and Clarice were like parents to us young Air Force newlyweds. We will always remember his beautiful red barn amidst the sparkling white landscape and brilliant blue North Dakota sky. We had many happy memories working together in church callings with him as our fearless leader. You had to be fearless to drive from branch to branch in the blizzards of North Dakota! We look forward to seeing Earl again in the next glorious life.

Judy and John Rix Sep 13 2021 7:13 PM

President Earl Neeley was an inspiring leader, one who mentored and led by example. He was an amazing President of our stake who was hands on. We loved he and Clarice and their service was far reaching in so many lives! So grateful for the time we worked with him and the way he touched our lives!
He will be missed!

Stephen Lundgreen Sep 13 2021 3:57 PM

When I joined the LDS church in 1988, I immediately found out what a loving, kind person President Neeley was. He was soft spoken, but his leadership was quite noticeable. I also loved his sense of humor. When he and his lovely wife moved, the members of the LDS Yuma Stake missed them greatly.

Michael Downing Sep 10 2021 1:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Earl Neeley

Donna Nickerson Sep 10 2021 11:59 AM

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