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Myron C. Jarvis

Sep 30, 2012 - Staff

Myron C. Jarvis, 87, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Help for Hospice Home in Riverton.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the United Methodist Church in Riverton, with the Rev. Mark Thurman officiating. Masonic Rites from the Shoshoni Wind River Lodge 25 also will take place.

Interment follows at the Lakeview Cemetery in Shoshoni with military rites by the Friday-Truan Detachment 683 Marine Corp League & Veterans.

Myron Clifford Jarvis was born Jan. 29, 1925, in Grand Island, Neb., to Durward Dewey and Anna Marie (Merz) Jarvis. He was raised in the Sandhills near Mullen and Seneca, Neb., where he attended school in a one-room schoolhouse.

His family moved to the Missouri Valley area in 1938 when he was 13 years old. He helped his father clear and break out a new farm on the lower end of the valley in preparation for the Midvale water that was turned on in 1939. He attended Shoshoni Public School until eighth grade when he headed for San Francisco with his friend Dale Downey for work.

In 1943, Mr. Jarvis joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in San Francisco, where he drove the limousine for officers, was in the Port of Directors, and was honorably discharged in 1946. When he returned from the Navy he proceeded to get his pilot's license and practice tail spins over his fiancee's residence in Bonneville.

He married Betty Comes of Bonneville on Oct. 23, 1949, and shared 62 years of marriage. He built their first house, a two-bedroom home on his folks' original place in Missouri Valley, and helped his father farm.

In 1954, he leased a farm in Missouri Valley and moved there to begin farming on his own. In 1956, he purchased a place in lower Missouri Valley and moved his family into barracks located on the farm that came from Heart Mountain Internment Camp. In 1966, he proceeded to build a new home on the property.

In 1965, Mr. Jarvis and George Pingetzer formed a corporation and purchased summer range for their cattle in the Moneta-Highland area. Later they split to purchase their own summer ranges. In 1980, he renewed his pilot's license and purchased a Citabra airplane for checking cows and water wells on the summer range.

Mr. Jarvis was a member of Shoshoni Wind River Masonic Lodge No 25 for 60 years and was Master in 1961 and Mason of the Year in 2004. He was a member of the Kalif Shrine for 26 years. He served three times on the Shoshoni School Board, two terms on the Farmers Home Administration Board, two terms on the Midvale Grazing Board and four terms on the Fremont County Weed and Pest Board. He was a member of the Fremont County Cattlemen's Association, the Wyoming Stock Growers, National Cattlemen's Association, National Riflemen's Association and the Missouri Valley Fire Department, where he served as fire chief.

Mr. Jarvis received the following awards: 1960, Outstanding Young Farmer from the Riverton Jaycees; 1983, Cooperator of the Year from the Riverton Conservation District for accomplishment in the conservation of soil, water and related resources; 1984, Outstanding Conservationist from the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts; 1986, Man of the Year in Agriculture from the Riverton Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; sister Charity Ann Fike; children Greg, Michael, Jane Ferries and Peggy (James) Blaha; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Jarvis was preceded in death by his parents, Durward Dewey in 1957 and Anna Marie in 1988, and his brother, Duane, in 2000.

Memorials may be made to Help for Health Hospice, 1240 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501.

Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

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