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Don L. Geisler (1928-2013) Obituary

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Don L. Geisler (1928-2013) Obituary

Posted: 9 Jan 2013 11:34AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Geisler, Vaterlaus
Idaho State Journal, 01/09/13


POCATELLO — Don L. Geisler, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on 3 January 2013, of natural causes while attended by his family. He was born 23 September 1928, in Franklin Ward, Idaho, to Ray and Pearl Geisler. He married MarJean Vaterlaus in the Logan Temple on 4 February 1948. They have six children, 22 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren.

Don worked for years as an auto body mechanic, and finished his career helping others learn his trade at the Idaho State University College of Technology. Many have appreciated the wrecked cars that he rebuilt for them. His talent with his hands extended beyond his career to his many hobbies. He loved aviation and built model airplanes all his life, starting with lath sticks on the dry farm he grew up on east of Preston, Idaho, and culminating in the latest RC modeling gear. He was one of the founders of the Eastern Idaho Aeromodeler Association, and was president several times. He was instrumental in building the model club airport, recovered from an old World War II runway outside Pocatello. The model airport is now named in his honor.

He also had a lifelong love of music, playing the guitar for many years and started a guitar store and teaching practice. He could play the harmonica and piano by ear, sang in a quartet, and enjoyed playing in bands. He built at least four boats by hand in his life, including their trailers, and loved to participate in sailing competitions with his children as crew.

He also liked the other outdoor sports of golf, gardening, camping, and fishing, though never cared much for hunting.

He was active in his church and worked in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple for 15 years. He was the Sunday school president, stake high counselor, high priest group leader, and ward clerk. He and his wife served a service mission in the Idaho Pocatello mission office, where he was, of course, in charge of apartments and cars.

He is survived by his wife MarJean; his children, LoaLee Hatch (Darren), Franklin, Idaho, Beckie Watts (Steve), Orem, Utah, Jeff Geisler (Marla Stegen), Salt Lake City, Utah, Jill Hansen (Terry), Alpine, Utah, Amy Lemmon (Doran), Chubbuck, Idaho, and Ryan Geisler (Lori), Saratoga Springs, Utah. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Ron Geisler, Blaine Geisler, and June Johnson.

The family would like to extend thanks to Encompass Home Health and Hospice, Kari Call, and the staff of Monte Vista Hills.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 11 a.m., in the Alameda LDS Second Ward, corner of Walnut and Jefferson, with Bishop Lane Angelsey conducting. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cornelison Funeral Home, and Saturday morning at the church from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in the Riverdale Cemetery, near Preston.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com  .

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