Gary Lyle Empey

7 Sep 1934 - 15 Aug 2008


Gary Lyle Empey

7 Sep 1934 - 15 Aug 2008
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Marva Johnson Empey, 84, passed away at her Blackfoot home on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 28, 1931 in Mantua, Utah the 6th child of 7 born to Ernest Edgar Johnson and Marina Minnerly Perkins. When Marva was three years old, her mother passed away and
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Gary Lyle Empey

Married: 3 Apr 1957

Riverside Thomas Cemetery

939-949 State Highway 39
Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho
United States


December 4, 2013


August 2, 2013

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Marva Johnson Empey OBITUARY

Contributor: Will Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Marva Johnson Empey, 84, passed away at her Blackfoot home on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 28, 1931 in Mantua, Utah the 6th child of 7 born to Ernest Edgar Johnson and Marina Minnerly Perkins. When Marva was three years old, her mother passed away and soon after her father married a wonderful lady, Ruth M. Burklund, who instantly Marva called "MOM". Marva grew up in Mantua, Utah where she attended elementary school. She graduated from Box Elder High School in 1949 in Brigham City, Utah. She then attended BYU in Provo, Utah and Utah State University in Logan, Utah. After school, she served a full-time mission in the Northern States Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was there that she met her sweetheart, Gary Empey, a full-time missionary from Idaho. After their missions, they were married in the Logan LDS Temple on April 3, 1957. Marva was a very selfless, giving person. She loved serving others around her. She was a very social person who would start a conversation with anyone. She was a hard worker and was a great example of service. She loved being at home with her children but also enjoyed helping with the family budget. She sold Tupperware, Lavoy Apparel, Avon, and Fuller Brush. She also worked at Payne's IGA Grocery Store in Rockford. She enjoyed her time working at Blackfoot Motor Company also. She finished her working career at Blackfoot School District as a paraprofessional (teacher's aide). Marva had a great, spunky personality that will be missed. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved the Gospel and loved serving in the various teaching and leadership capacities. She is survived by all of her children, Peggy (Scott) Hansen of Blackfoot, ID, Craig (Sherri) Empey of Idaho Falls, ID, Mark (Kendra) Empey of Blackfoot, ID, Tina Empey of Lehi, UT, Lisa (John) Warren of Blackfoot, ID, Sam (Lisa) Dela Rosa of Blackfoot, ID; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Arletta (Delbert) Jensen, Mantua, UT, Faye (Art) Hansen, Tyhee/Chubbuck, ID, Leon Johnson, Mantua, UT and Charlene Weaver, Salt Lake City, UT. There are also many other individuals that are considered family and who called her "MOM". Marva was well loved! She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gary Empey; her parents; her brother, Ernest Edgar Jr.; her sister, Edna Morgan; and her grand puppy, Snickers. Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Blackfoot South Stake Center, 900 Riverton Road. The family with meet with friends on Sunday evening , July 5, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Ave. and for one hour prior to the service at the stake center. Interment will be in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery. The family expresses their appreciation to Encompass Home Health & Hospice for the loving care they have offered to Marva over the past several years. Thanks to all! Specific thanks and love is expressed to Kathy Hjelm and Sheila Jackman for their dedicated years of service and love to Marva. Published in The Morning News on July 2, 2015

Life timeline of Gary Lyle Empey

Gary Lyle Empey was born on 7 Sep 1934
Gary Lyle Empey was 11 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
Gary Lyle Empey was 19 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Gary Lyle Empey was 30 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
Gary Lyle Empey was 44 years old when Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after some of its members assassinated U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan (pictured). James Warren Jones was an American religious cult leader who initiated and was responsible for a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. He considered Jesus Christ as being in compliance with an overarching belief in socialism as the correct social order. Jones was ordained as a Disciples of Christ pastor, and he achieved notoriety as the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple cult.
Gary Lyle Empey was 47 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
Gary Lyle Empey was 55 years old when Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
Gary Lyle Empey died on 15 Aug 2008 at the age of 73
Grave record for Gary Lyle Empey (7 Sep 1934 - 15 Aug 2008), BillionGraves Record 6047356 Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States