Jack Sommer, a lifelong resident of Madison County (Hibbard area), will celebrate his 90th birthday on May 3. An open house will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hibbard LDS Church building located at 2001 North 3000 West, Rexburg, Idaho.
We invite all who have known Jack to stop by the meetinghouse as we celebrate this milestone of life with him (no gifts please).
Jack was born and has lived in the same area of Hibbard his entire life. His only extended time away from the Rexburg area has been during the total of 8 ½ years spent serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Switzerland (as a young man for 2 ½ years), an LDS Church Building Mission to construct meetinghouses in Germany from 1962 – 1965 (accompanied by his wife Emmeli and their oldest five children), an 18-month LDS Mission as couple missionaries to Germany and another 18-month service in the Leipzig Germany Temple Presidency (both in the 1990’s).
Jack married Emmeli Schaffner in the Idaho Falls Temple on Jan. 2, 1951. One daughter (Michel) and five sons (Jack Jr., Thane, Shawn, Raymond & Jared) rounded out the Jack and Emmeli Sommer family in the younger years. Jack and Emmeli enjoyed a hallmark marriage for over 60 years when Emmeli passed away suddenly of a heart attack in 2012.
Jack’s life has been marked by unwavering dedication to his wife, his family, and his testimony of the Restored Truth. He has been a constant and tireless worker. His life’s occupation was as a brick mason from his earliest years carrying on the masonry trade that spans many prior Sommer generations. Jack’s service to his family, Church callings and duties through the years is a profound legacy.
To all who know Jack, please come by the Church building on the 27th as we celebrate his 90th with him.