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Russell Raymond Hunt

Jul. 16, 1961 - May 22, 2017

Date of Service: Jun. 3, 2017

Russell Raymond Hunt

HEYBURN –Russell Raymond Hunt, 55, of Heyburn, beloved friend, father, and grandfather, passed away at his home on May 22, 2017. Russell passed away from sudden cardiac failure, COPD, hypertension, type 2 diabetes along with other health complications.

Russell was born on July 16, 1961, in Okinawa, Japan, while his father was serving in the United States Air Force. He was the youngest of three sons born to Elias Milton Hunt and Ida Jean Snow Hunt; his brothers are Kenneth Elias Hunt and Phillip Spencer Hunt(Deceased). Russell spent his early childhood growing up in Japan, speaking Japanese, and his later childhood/adolescence in Salt Lake City/Sandy, Utah.

Russell graduated from the first graduating class of the new Alta High School in 1979, then asked Meredith Ann Son to marry him. On September 19, 1979, while working for a construction company with his brother Phillip Hunt, a trench caved in resulting in Phillip’s tragic death.
He married Meredith Ann Son on November 16, 1979, in Burley, Idaho. On March 11, 1995, Russell and Meredith were sealed together in the Salt Lake LDS Temple with their two children, Bryan Lynn Hunt born December 27, 1983, and Cameo Trezur Hunt (West) born June 22, 1993.

Russell started his career as a cement finisher in the summer with Oneida Construction and a cook/chef in the winter for Snowbird Plaza Restaurant in the Salt Lake City, Utah area until the housing market crashed in the 1980s. Russell then worked at National Semi-Conductor until the computer market slowed down. While visiting Meredith’s family in the Paul, Idaho area, Russell decided to take a job as a parts runner and mechanic helper for Greenline Sales in Burley, Idaho, moving them back to Idaho, where they could start their family in a small town.

Russell decided to attend the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho, in the GM and Chevrolet program. In May of 1987, he received his Associate of Science in ASE, GM and Chevrolet Certified. Later Russell went through training and became Cummins certified, Gleaner certified, and Massey Ferguson certified. Russell worked for Randy Hansen Chevrolet in the Mechanic Trainee program, and Kim Hansen Chevrolet as Service Advisor and Assistant Shop Manager. Russell went to work for Agri-Service Equipment, formerly Massey Ferguson, in Heyburn and was trained as a Combine Mechanic specialist and did an expert job for 10 years, ending in 1999. Unfortunately grain dust caused COPD and then he suffered a shoulder injury. He then worked for Evans Mineral as a Plant Operator for a few years until he was unable to work and had to go on Social Security Disability in 2002.

Russell’s true passion was fishing and hunting, he was truly an expert with real skill. He also loved and excelled at cards and computer gaming. Russell loved people and was always fun to be around. He served in a variety of church callings throughout his adult life, but his favorite was working with the scouts because of his love for the outdoors and camping. Russell and Meredith are the proud parents of two children and four granddaughters – two of which are special miracle granddaughters recently born in March this year.
Russell was preceded in death by his grandparents, Spencer H. Snow and Ida La Vaun Hogan Snow and Milton Zera Hunt and Ruth Larson Hunt; his brother, Phillip Spencer Hunt; and his Mother, Ida Jean Snow Hunt.

He is survived by his father, Elias Milton (Noel) Hunt; brother, Kenneth Elias Hunt; half-sister, Lisa Hunt; step-brother/nephew, Benjamin Hunt; ex-wife but eternal companion, Meredith Ann Son Hunt; his two children, Bryan Lynn (Leanne) Hunt; Cameo Trezur (Ty) West; his four granddaughters, Abigail Rose Hunt, Atreyu Kira Hunt, McKenzie Grace Hunt and, Nova Chey West; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Heyburn 2nd Ward Church, located at 530 Villa Dr., in Heyburn, with Bishop Nathan Catmull officiating. A visitation will be held from 10 until 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Arrangements are under the care of the Rasmussen Funeral Home of Burley.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Russell Hunt Memorial Fund at D. L. Evans Bank.