REXBURG — Golden Linford, 85, of Rexburg, a World War II veteran, and former state legislator has died.

His obituary states that he died Friday at his home under the care of his family and caregivers.

From 1984 to 2000, Linford served in the Idaho House of Representatives.

He was born on March 23, 1927, in St. Charles, Idaho and attended public school in that area.

During World War II, he joined the Navy and served as a radar operator on the aircraft carrier USS Mindora.

After the war, he graduated from Utah State University and later received a master’s degree from Idaho State University.

While at Utah State, he met and later married Betty Lou Merrill on March 5, 1948 in the Logan LDS Temple.

They were married 29 years and were the parents of six children.

He spent his later years married to Donna Bright.

Linford had a multi-faceted career as an agriculture teacher in St. Anthony, and as a farmer and businessman.

In his agricultural business pursuits, he and several partners developed land in the Hamer area for potato production and other crops.

He was also involved in building and operating local potato processing plants, helping to pioneer new frozen potato products which were sold nationwide and in other countries.

As a civic leader, he served on the Fremont County School Board and was elected to the Idaho State Legislature after moving to Rexburg.

In the Idaho House of Representatives, he served as chairman of the Resource and Conservation Committee and also on the Revenue and Taxation Committee.

Linford was a descendant of Mormon pioneers and wrote two books of family history, doing original research on his great-grandfather John Linford, who was a member of the ill-fated Willie Handcart Company.

His efforts to place a monument at John Linford's place of death and burial on a private ranch on the Oregon/Mormon trail in Wyoming led to the purchase of the ranch by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The spot is now a major landmark on the trail at the sixth crossing of the Sweetwater River. A new visitor's center is now under construction there and will be dedicated this spring.

Linford took pride in seeing the project move forward.

He is characterized as a man who loved his family, his faith and his state and country.

In addition to serving as an LDS bishop and other church assignments, he served as a missionary at the Los Angeles Temple Visitor Center.

For more information see the obituary here or in the Jan. 24 edition of the Standard Journal.

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