Spaulding turning 90 years old

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Vance Spaulding will celebrate his 90th birthday on Saturday April 22, 2017, at the LDS Park Taylor Building, 1291 West 65th South, Idaho Falls, from 2 to 4 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Vance was born in Independence, Idaho, April 19, 1927, attending school there through 8th grade. He then attended Madison and Rigby High Schools, graduating from Rigby in 1945. Before graduation, Vance joined the U.S. Navy, serving aboard The McKassar Strait Aircraft Carrier.

Vance served an LDS mission to Nebraska, attended Ricks College, Utah State University, and Brigham Young University. He taught Biology at Ririe High School, worked at the INL, farmed for 27 years in Grant, raising black angus cattle, barley, potatoes, and some of the most sought after horse hay in Idaho and Wyoming. He then worked at State Hospital South, retiring at age 68, continuing to work doing maintenance at Blackfoot High School.

Vance married two lovely ladies: our mother, Belva Lou Wheeler in 1950 and Letha Carlson in 2007, taking beautiful care of them until their deaths.

Vance cherishes his accomplishment of climbing the Grand Teton. He enjoyed dirt biking, specifically at Canyon Lands National Park. Vance fondly recalls his travels including mainland United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, and Panama. Vance’s passion is reading, currently preferring American History and LDS Church History.

Vance is adored by four daughters and sons in law, Phil and Debbi Jordin, Brian and Christine Morishita, Cindy Bikman, and Gary and Julie French. He has 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

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