Idaho Press Tribune, 10/16/12
Elvin C. Hegstrom, 89, of Nampa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. Elvin was born April 30, 1923 in Central, Idaho to Gustaf and Elsa Maria Hager Hegstrom. He was the seventh of 10 children. His parents were immigrants from Sweden. Elvin graduated from Kuna High School in 1942 where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Vassar on November 8, 1942 in Caldwell, Idaho. They were later sealed in the Logan LDS Temple on April 19, 1954. To this union was born seven children: Gary K, Sharon Lynn, Karen Lee (twin daughters), Linda Mae, Loma Lue, Sandra Gail and Robert Elvin. Gary and twin Daughters Karen and Sharon died in infancy.
Elvin was a WWII Veteran and was proud to have served his country. He was awarded the Purple Heart having been wounded in France in 1944.
Elvin worked for 40 years at the Amalgamated Sugar Company in Nampa, Idaho, retiring in 1987. Those who knew him from the sugar factory knew him as "Heg" or "Hoppy"
Elvin was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints his entire life, holding many different callings including Bishop, serving on the High Council, Stake Missionary and Temple Worker. He especially enjoyed working on the stake farms as he loved farming. He and Virginia also served a mission for the Church at the Visitors Center in Hyde Park, London, England. Dad and Mom often remarked this was one of the high lights of their lives.
He is survived by his wife, who together would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on November
8th of this year; four children, Linda (Kent) Peterson, Loma (Kurt) Cordingly, Sandy (Steve) Newman, Robert (Katie) Hegstrom; two sisters, Elanor Wilkinson and Erma Heward; 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were three children: Gary, Sharon and Karen; a grandson Darrin Peterson; his parents; three brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Nampa First Ward LDS Chapel, 18486 Middleton Rd. Nampa. A viewing will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, October 18th at the Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N Midland Blvd, Nampa and at the Church from 9-9:45 a.m. Friday, prior to the services. After the services burial will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Caldwell where military honors will be performed.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on October 16, 2012