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John Nephi Seaton

January 14, 1929 — April 28, 2022

John Nephi Seaton passed away peacefully at home in his sleep, Thursday morning, April 28th, 2022. His wife of 70 years, Dale, was by his side. John was the ninth of eleven children, born to John Russell and Mary Lovelady Seaton, and the first child to be born in Twin Falls, Idaho on January 14th, 1929, shortly after his family moved here from Omaha, Nebraska. He was raised in Twin Falls until the family moved to Salmon, Idaho in the mid 1940’s. There, he attended high school, farmed and ran a 340 acre cattle ranch along the Salmon River. After graduating high school he attended Ricks College in Rexburg for one year. At 19, he served a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Oslo and Bergen, Norway. Upon his return, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Memphis, Tennessee, where he met his bride, Valledale {Dale} Davis Seaton, whom he married on February 24th, 1952. A short time later he shipped off to Norfolk, Virginia and then on to Hamilton, Bermuda, where his first daughter Lynn Seaton was born on December 6th, 1952. John served as a naval sea plane radar operator and was later promoted into Naval Intelligence, where he stayed until completing his service in 1955. John moved his family to Provo, Utah, where he attended Brigham Young University and his second child, son, Kim Davis Seaton was born on November 21st, 1955. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1956 where John attended Arizona State University for his degree in business administration. He spent most of his career however, working for the Arizona Department of Employment, where he worked for a time on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Winslow. On October 2nd, 1965, they welcomed their third child, James Cole Seaton. After living 16 years in Arizona, John yearned to return to his hometown Twin Falls, Idaho and did so in 1974. John began driving for a new company in town, United Parcel Service, and his route for eight years included all the small towns and farms north of Twin Falls. In 1983 John returned to the career he loved, helping people find gainful employment. He worked for Idaho Job Service until his retirement in 2000, when he and Dale served an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in TromsØ, Norway. When they returned to the states in 2002, their son Cole surprised them with a 50th wedding anniversary celebration where over 120 people attended. Always active, John played basketball from his youth until age 78. He also loved singing in the church choir and did so for some 70 years. His other joy was working in the LDS Temple, doing so until he was nearly 90 years old. John loved life and loved people and spent his life serving and helping others, volunteering with numerous organizations, being a friend to the friendless and was a lifelong, active member of the LDS Church. He is survived by his wife Valledale [Dale] Seaton, three children previously mentioned, 8 grandchildren, Chris Loder [Amanda], Lindsay Seaton Carlson [Soren], Hailey Seaton Boman [Marc], Brenden Bullock, Adam Seaton [Stephanie], Taylor Seaton [Ellie], Katelyn Seaton Madsen [Davis], and Ally Seaton Gillette [Daxton]. He also leaves behind 13 great-grandchildren and a sister, Ruth Smith [Gordon] and numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents and 9 brothers and sisters. The Seaton family wishes to thank the amazing team of care givers at Hospice Visions Inc. in Twin Falls for their incredible care of our husband and father. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online in honor of John Seaton at hospicevisioins.org or by sending a check to Hospice Visions Inc., 455 Parkview Loop, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301. The family also expresses their sincere appreciation for Mike Parke and the staff at Parke's Funeral Home for their compassionate assistance in making this life transition much easier for our family and for being with us throughout the entire planning process. Family and friends will be received for a viewing at Parke’s Funeral Home, 2551 Kimberly Road in Twin Falls on May 4th from 5 until 7 p.m. and again on Thursday, May 5th from 10 to 10:45 a.m. preceding funeral services at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints South Stake Building at 541 Orchard Drive, Twin Falls. Those who wish may share memories and condolences on John’s Memorial Page at www.magicvalleyfuneralhome.net. To View John's Memorial Video go to this link: https://youtu.be/pfNhP-Y_d_M To View John's Funeral Service Video go to this link: https://youtu.be/PdZ_uGgdEi4
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