Golden Snell

Nov. 10, 1934 – May 15, 2013

Golden Charles Snell Jr., 78, of Idaho Falls, died on May 15, 2013, at the Life Care Center.  He had been under the care of Gables of Ammon and later Teton Home Health.

Golden Snell
Golden Snell

Golden was born Nov. 10, 1934, in Cowley to Golden Charles Snell Sr. and Ellen Madelyn Brennan Snell. He attended Cowley High School and later graduated from the University of Wyoming and Brigham Young University-Provo, where he earned his master’s degree in Spanish.

On July 10, 1959, he married Ina Jane Olsen in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He was a member of the faculty at Byron High School in Byron for seven years. He then moved to Rexburg, where he was a professor at Rick’s College for 34 years. He and his wife Ina have lived in Idaho Falls for the past 13 years.

An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in various capacities over the years, including as Branch President of a student branch at Ricks College. He served a full-time LDS mission in his youth to Uruguay, and later served a full-time mission with Ina in Panama. After returning from Panama, he served an 18-month mission at LDS Employment Services in Idaho Falls. He enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting, motorcycling and reading.

Golden is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ina Snell, of Ammon, Idaho; sons Barry (Dalea) Snell of Jonesborough, Ga., Greg (Colleen) Snell of Rexburg, Quinn Snell of Salem, Utah, Sam (Emily) Snell of Ririe, Idaho, and Dustin (Christine) Snell of West Concord, Minn; sisters Joy Webb of Salt Lake City and Fern Kocherhans of Mesa, Ariz.; 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ellen Smith and JoAnn Paulson.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 20, at the Ammon LDS 14th Ward in Bishop, with Justin Judy officiating. Burial took place at the Rexburg City Cemetery.

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