My Grandfather A. LaDell Atkinson
Albert LaDell Atkinson
November 25, 1934 ~ June 6, 2013
Albert LaDell Atkinson, age 78, passed on to the next step in our eternal progression on Thursday, June 6th, 2013. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Due to ongoing heart problems throughout LaDell’s life, he had to endure several open heart surgeries as well as being fitted with a Left Ventricular Assisted Device (LVAD) in 2006. “The Heart Failure Program and LVAD Team at IHC that treated me over the years and made it possible for me to live a long and happy life with my eternal companion Linda Atkinson”. LaDell is survived by his 4 children. Mitchell (Chalee), Phoenix, AZ, Tracy (Suzanne), West Jordan, UT, Trina (Dave) Nielsen, Hyrum, UT, Tifany (Jimmy) Miller, Hyrum, UT and son-in-law, Keith Ferguson. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
LaDell was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all of his life.
He was married to Linda Beth Allen in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple on April 21, 1961. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University, and remained a faithful Utah State Aggie. He raised his family in his hometown of Hyrum, Utah. For the remainder of his career he commuted through the canyon to Thiokol for 9 years and to Hill Air Force Base for 36 years, where he worked as an electrical engineer.
His favorite pastimes included hunting, fishing, and camping in the outdoors. He loved the Blacksmith Fork Canyon area with all of his heart. He was a member of the Old Ephraim Mountain Men club (known as “Sir Hood”) and attended many rendezvous. Hunting was his greatest passion, and he enjoyed all aspects of being in the mountains with his sweetheart Linda and his other family members.
“LaDell served his family and those he knew selflessly and with all the energy of his heart.”
LaDell was preceded in death by his father, Orlando (Jenny) Atkinson, his mother, Agnes May (Harvey) Merrill, and his daughters, Tricia, and Jolie.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 10, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hyrum Stake Center Chapel, 600 S. 200 E., Hyrum, Utah. There will be a viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening and Monday morning from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. at the Hyrum Stake Center. Interment will be at the Hyrum Cemetery. Funeral direction is under Gillies Funeral Chapel, Brigham City, UT. Email condolences to www.gilliesfuneralchapel.com