Ira Moore Stevens

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Former Juneau resident Ira Moore Stevens died Dec. 26, 2008. He was 91.

Born Sept. 23, 1917, in Cowley, Wyo., he was one of 11 children of John Robert and Harriet Geneva Stevens. He earned a degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wyoming and served a Latter-day Saints mission in Canada, following which he met and married his sweetheart, Geneva Ricks, of Ammon, Idaho.

He managed cattle and sheep ranches in Wyoming and New Mexico during World War II, and he later worked for the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., Afghanistan, Alaska, Montana and Texas.

He was an active member of the Latter-day Saints Church and served as a bishop and branch president. After retiring, Ira and Geneva served in the Manti Temple and as missionaries in Wisconsin.

After her death in 1988, he married Blanche Cox of Manti; they were later divorced.

He is survived by his sister, VerJean Baker, of Burley, Idaho; children, Jo Ann Liddle and husband, Alfred, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, John Stevens, of Palmer, Daryl Stevens and wife, Bonnie, of Overbrook, Kan., Gena Demetter and husband, Paul, of Broomfield, Colo., Randy Stevens and wife, Edith, of Orem, Utah, and Roxilyn Timmins, of Provo, Utah; 30 grandchildren; and 50 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 2, in Pleasant Grove. Viewing will be held prior to services. Interment will be at Manti City Cemetery.

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