Adrian Fay Mickelsen, 81, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Meridian, Idaho.
Adrian was born January 20, 1938, in Bancroft, Idaho, the son of Leland and Grace (Grant) Mickelsen. He was the eighth of nine children.
Adrian attended school in Bancroft and graduated from North Gem High School. He attended one year at Ricks College.
Adrian served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern Central States. This opportunity to serve was a highlight in his life, and he referred to it often.
On January 8, 1965, Adrian married the love of his life, Virginia Hedin, in the Logan Utah Temple. They were blessed with six children: Leslie of Boise, Shelly (Rahn) Olaso of Mountain Home, Adrian Lee (Kim) of Meridian, Lynne (Lonnie) Svedin of Melba, Mary Jo (Greg) Ogden of Boise, and Jason of Boise. He loved his family, and when he talked about them, he always said they were the ‘best’ at whatever they did.
A large part of Adrian’s career was working with Microfilm, both with the LDS church and his own company. After he sold his business, he worked in a variety of managerial and sales jobs.
Adrian was an avid sports fan (he loved the Boise State Broncos). He also enjoyed fishing, camping, and dutch oven cooking. Some of his favorite dishes were omelets, pizza, and cobblers. His grandchildren’s favorite were homemade doughnuts.
As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Adrian served in many callings including Bishop, High Counselor, Stake Missionary, and Deacon’s Quorum Advisor. He loved people and enjoyed serving them. Adrian always saw the best in people. He had a big heart and had a talent for putting people at ease.
Adrian’s last year was spent in a memory care center, and still he never lost his sense of fun or the ability to make friends. This was shown by how well he was loved by the people who cared for him. The family would like to thank the staff at Copper Springs and at Keystone for their wonderful care of Dad. It was a comfort to know when the family could no longer handle his care, he was still treated like family.
Survivors include his wife, his children and spouses, 16 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. He is also survived by three sisters: Erma Banks and DeLila Simons of Chesterfield, Idaho, and Ireta Mickelsen of Bancroft, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Charles, Bob, LaMonte, and George; and a sister, Marva Mickelsen.
A viewing will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019, 6:00-7:30pm, at Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St., Boise. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 6, 2019, 11am, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2650 S. Five Mile Rd., Boise, with a viewing from 10:00-10:45am before the service. Interment will follow at the Melba Cemetery.