Reed Humpherys

Reed Clark Humpherys, 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Wayan, Idaho on April 26, 2009. Born in Thayne, on July 11, 1924, Reed was the oldest of eight children of Willard Davis Humpherys and Rhoda Clark, both first generation descendants of Mormon pioneers who settled the Utah, Idaho and Wyoming areas. Reed’s early years were spent on Star Valley dairy farms, where he very effectively learned about cattle and horses, which formed the basis of his livelihood in the years to come.

Reed married Doris Rudrud of Grand Forks, N.D. on Nov. 27, 1943 in Galesburg, Ill., and later sealed in the Logan LDS Temple on April 24, 1945. After serving as a flight instructor until the end of WWII, he returned to ranch life with his dad in Lava Hot Springs and then in Grays Lake during the spring of 1948. At the age of 26, he assumed the responsibility of running the ranch upon the death of his dad. He lived on and operated the JH-Bar ranch for 61 years, until his death on April 26, 2009.

He raised palomino, appaloosa and paint horses, served for nine years on the Appaloosa Horse Club’s Board of Directors and three years as Chairman of the Judges Committee. He judged Paints for 30 years and was the oldest active judge until his retirement last year. Reed served on the Caribou County Fair Board for ten years. In April 2006 Reed was inducted into the Idaho Horseman Hall of Fame. He served in several leadership positions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, including Grays Lake Ward Bishop and Stake High Councilor. As a philanthropist, he was president of an international humanitarian organization supporting schools in Central and South America and Europe.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 1, 2009 at noon at the Soda Springs LDS Stake Center. A viewing will be held at the Sims Funeral Home on Thursday April 30 from 6-8 p.m., and on Friday morning at the Stake Center from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Soda Springs, Idaho.

Follow the link below for the full obituary from the Star Valley Independent.

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