Earl J. O’Driscoll, 79, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, peacefully at his home in Evanston.
He was born in Kamas, Utah, on Feb. 20, 1939, to Jesse Paul O’Driscoll Jr. and Irma Simmons O’Driscoll.
He worked various jobs in Kamas while dating Arlene and after they were married.
On Nov. 21, 1958, Earl and Arlene were married in the Salt Lake City, Utah, Temple. Then they resided in Kamas, Utah, where he got a seasonal job for the United States Forest Service and the lumberyard.
In 1966, Robert Hanson on the Wasatch Cache National Forest hired him on full time on the Evanston side of the forest. Earl, Arlene and family moved to Evanston to work full-time for the Forest Service.
He did many jobs on the forest: forestry tech special uses administrator, facilities manager, fleet manager, and safety officer on fires and fire crew boss.
He traveled to many fires outside of Wyoming and he loved the Forest Service.
He escorted Smokey Bear in the Cowboy Days Parade every year, and he was chosen Grand Marshall for Cowboys Days in 2014.
He retired in 2009, having worked 48 years with the Forest Service.
Thanks to his daughter-in-law, Glena, he and his wife traveled to Hawaii, Europe, went on a Caribbean cruise and to many islands out in the sea.
He and his wife traveled to Minnesota and to Oregon to see their children as well as their local children.
He served many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including bishop’s counselor, high councilman, Sunday School president and stake baptisms.
He was also very talented with woodworking; he made numerous clocks and shelves for his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arlene Moore O’Driscoll; six children: Rick (Glena) O’Driscoll of Evanston, Clay (Linda) O’Driscoll of Lakeville, Minnesota, Bret (Trish) O’Driscoll of Plain City, Utah, Jason (Linda) O’Driscoll of North Ogden, Utah, Gina O’Driscoll of Layton, Utah and Sara (Amron) Lym of Lakeview, Oregon. He is also survived by two sisters, Wanda Prescott of Kamas and Mary Meserve of Winnett, Montana; 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Earl is preceded in death by his mother, Irma Simmons O’Driscoll; father, Jesse Paul O’Driscoll, Jr.; baby daughter, Jill O’Driscoll; and a great-grandchild, Trinity Marie Stewart.
Services will be at noon on Saturday Feb. 2, at the LDS Stake Center, 1224 Morse Lee, Evanston, WY 82930. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday and from 10-11:45 a.m. on Saturday at Crandall Funeral Home.
Interment will be in Evanston City Cemetery.
Condolences may be made at www.crandallfhevanston.com.