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J. Victor Judy (Jr.), our beloved father, husband, and grandfather peacefully left his earthly life on May 26, 2020 due to natural causes.
Vic, as he was lovingly known, was born November 22, 1926 in St. Anthony, Idaho. He was one of 6 children and the youngest son of J. Victor Judy (Sr.) and Nellie Jane Roylance. He respected and enjoyed being named after his father. Vic sought to live up to his father’s name and patterned his life with hard work, service, and love for others to continue his father’s legacy. He described his childhood as a “Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer-like” experience while growing up in Salem and St. Anthony, Idaho with his brothers Don, Mark and Clare and sisters Alice and Ruth. As a teenager, he worked for the railroad and enlisted in the US Navy near the end of World War II. He was stationed at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston Mass and then at Rodman US Naval Hospital, Panama during his time in military service.
After his release from the Navy in August 1946, he immediately continued his life of service. He applied to serve and was accepted as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was assigned to the Texas Louisiana Mission and served from October 1946 to November 1948. During his time as a missionary, he met another missionary who later became his wife and eternal companion, LaVerne Thompson.
Upon his release from this mission, Vic and LaVerne were immediately married (6 days after arriving home). The two wed on Nov. 23, 1948 in the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple. Shortly after they were married, Vic served his second mission for the Church. He was assigned to the Swiss Austrian Mission and cheerfully labored from 1952 to 1954. LaVerne was able to join him the last six months of his mission and was undoubtedly the best missionary companion he ever had! They both dearly loved the people and country of Switzerland.
Upon returning to the US, Vic furthered his education. He attended Idaho State University, Utah State University, Brigham Young University and Arizona State University, where he finished with his master’s degree. He readily saw his course in life as promised in his Patriarchal blessing and lived fully the guidance therein. His life’s passion was always teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He taught for the Church Educational system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for over 40 years. Vic’s loving style of teaching impacted many people, young and old, as he taught and served in many capacities in the Seminary and Institute program in Utah and Idaho. Vic advocated for released time during the high school day for the opportunity for students to attend seminary then instead of only early morning Seminary.
Vic and LaVerne adopted 7 children in 9 years. There were always musical and outdoor opportunities for the large and diverse family. The Judy’s opened their home to many others. The most unique and cherished relationship was a student from El Salvador, Jose Salgado. The family counted him as a “bonus” son. Vic was an exceptional example of faith, love, and kindness for his posterity as well as all who knew him. He spent hours and hours searching the scriptures and was the scriptorian to call when looking for a certain scripture both in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
Vic enjoyed golfing, gardening and served in many callings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of his noted assignments included his time as Bishop of the 21st Ward in Boise Idaho, temple worker in the Boise, Idaho Temple and as the Stake Patriarch for the Meridian East Stake and later the Boise North Stake. As a Patriarch, he performed over 1,000 blessings, including most all his grandchildren. He spent his life serving in the Church and set a strong example of how to bless the lives of others through loving service and with a humble willing nature.
His beloved wife, LaVerne, passed away a month after celebrating 61 years together. She brought much joy and fun to his life and was a sweet and caring spouse. He was a patient, loving, and dedicated care giver to her during her last years. He later married Donna Hendrickson on February 11, 2011. Donna was a wonderful companion bringing lots of laughter and took such good care of him during these last years. He welcomed and loved Donna’s extended family while looking to care and serve them as he had his own family.
“I am here, Lord,” was his hearts cry not only in death but also in every single day of Vic’s life, as he walked with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Vic was preceded in death by his wife, LaVerne, his parents and all his siblings, 2 daughters Grace and Ann and a son David. He is directly survived by his wife Donna, his daughters Vicki Hobbs and Michele (Bryan Storer) his sons Gregg (Pam) Judy and Kent Judy, 11 grandchildren Jessie (Shannon) Robnett, Joshua (Stacey) Hobbs, Scott (Jelem) Judy, Ben Storer, Chance (Shea) Hobbs, Brandon (Cassie) Judy, Eric Storer, Evan (Karin) Hobbs, Cami (Erik) Mathiason, Spencer Storer, Emma Storer.
He is also survived by 24 great-grandchildren, Elam Hobbs, Ryker Damman, Tayden and Mayzie Mathiason, Ava Hobbs, Chloe Persons, Kasey Persons, Kaidrey, Crew and Devrie Hobbs, Brynn Davis, Kallie and Mackenzie Severson, JaLane (Cameron) Christenson, Devan, Kyla and Taylor Robnett, Travis Judy, Simon, Calvin and Nora Judy, Eva, Lea, and soon to arrive Luna Judy. He is also survived by 2 great-great-grandchildren Aiden and Evelyn Christenson.
In addition, he is also survived by Donna’s posterity including 4 children, Peggy Harris, Dean (Sarah) Hendrickson, Brian (Callina) Hendrickson, Lenice (Stan) Smith, 15 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.
The family would especially like to acknowledge the sacrifices made and the care his loving wife Donna so willingly provided in the last months of his life. We appreciate the tender attention, home visits and loving care from Trisha Reynolds FNP certified in hospice and palliative care, Horizon Home Health Care nurses Corinne and Dorinda and caregivers Trisha Hendrickson and Sophia Hendrickson and the many others who offered support and love in his final days.
Vic will be laid to rest at Dry Creek Cemetery, next to his beloved LaVerne.
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