James Storrs Obituary (1927 – 2022) – Boise, ID
J Russell Storrs Jr
September 7, 2022
Boise, Idaho – Our loving Father, James Russell Storrs, Jr., passed away peacefully in Boise, Idaho on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 95. He was born in Provo, Utah on April 4,1927 to the late James Russell and Ida May (Brown) Storrs. Russ grew up and went to school in Provo, Utah. He joined the US Navy in 1944 at age 17 and then graduated from high school. After his discharge on December 6, 1945, he began classes at Idaho State University. He graduated in 3-1/2 years with a Doctor of Pharmacy the Spring of 1949.
Russ worked at Crowley Pharmacy in Twin Falls, Idaho where he met Grace Marguerite Johnson. They married October 15, 1950 in Twin Falls, Idaho. They lived in both Idaho and Utah, and had four children together. They divorced October 28, 1970. Russ worked as a pharmacist for several companies, retiring from Thrifty Drug and ultimately Albertsons Savon Pharmacy at age 85. He then spent a short while as a part-time pharmacist at a small hospice.
Russ married the love of his life, Margaret Rose Hook, on February 27, 1971. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls temple on August 4, 1972. There was no denying his love for the 7 children and many grandchildren they shared.
He loved the outdoors: gardening, hunting, fishing, skiing, ice skating, swimming, hiking, and camping. He loved music, opera, singing, collecting coins, seashells and interesting rocks. His favorite pastime was playing games with his family and friends. He played cards and put together jigsaw puzzles to the end. His talents included cross-stitch and woodworking.
His life was spent in service to others as a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He had a beautiful voice and loved singing in the church choir. He enjoyed his callings doing genealogy and teaching classes, especially the scriptures and Doctrine & Covenants. His favorite calling was Family Home Teaching. Hey loved people.
Russ and Margaret shared many wonderful adventures, traveling near and far in the United States, including Hawaii, and Canada. Many of their travels were to visit family. They loved nothing better than getting in the car and exploring new roads to see where they would lead. One of their favorite destinations was the Oregon Coast to watch whales and storms, and build jigsaw puzzles. Family members often joined them in their travels.
Russ is survived by his children Stephen Bradley Storrs (Kris) of Wildwood, Missouri, Pamela Miller (Terry) of Meridian, Valerie Hatcher (Keith) of Meridian, Gary Walter Storrs of Boise, Stephanie Lynn Storrs (Kevin) of Parma and Mikaela Ruschelle Manglona of Toney, AL; 18 grand children; 29 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Russ was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Rose (Hook) Storrs of Boise, his parents, siblings Beulah McGuire, Lydia Faye Bowden, Dorothy Poulton, Lorna Elizabeth Jacobson, George Russell Storrs, Mary Margery Ericksen, John Brown Storrs, daughter Cheryl Ann Putman, and step-great-grandson Andrew Hatcher.
A Celebration of Russ’ Life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 17th, at the LDS church located at 701 S Curtis Rd, Boise. The Viewing will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Friday, September 16th, at Relyea Funeral Chapel located at 318 N. Latah St, Boise.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers at Brooklyn House and Lighthouse Hospice for their loving care of our Dad, as well as all of our extended family and friends for their loving support.
Published by Idaho Statesman on Sep. 14, 2022.
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