Wade L. Wilson passed away peacefully on June 17, 2021 at his home in Burley, Idaho, after a long illness.
Wade was born on May 24, 1948 in Roosevelt, Utah, to Ira and Esther Jarman Wilson. He
was the fourth of seven children. When he was two, his family moved to Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, where his father was a farmer, had a dairy herd, and operated a gas station. When Wade was 12, his family moved to Burley, Idaho, where Wade graduated from
Burley High School in 1966. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, funding his education by hauling hay in the Burley area and working in building construction in Provo. He graduated from BYU in 1974.
Served in the Eastern States Mission for the Latter-day Church of Jesus Christ
Saints, serving in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from 1968 to 1970.
Wade married Sandra Kay Vigh of Burley, Idaho on March 2, 1973, in the Logan Utah Temple. They were lucky enough to have six children.
After graduation, Wade coached and taught at the school in Pima, Arizona, and then at Madison Junior.
High School, Rigby High School in Rigby, Idaho, and Madison High School in Rexburg, Idaho. He was a wonderful mentor to young people and enjoyed working with them in sports, scouting and church programs. In 1986, Wade started working in building construction and moved his family to Flanders, New Jersey, and then to Palmdale, California. They also lived in Sacramento and California City. Upon retirement, he and Sandi returned to Burley.
Wade had a great sense of humor and was very generous and kind. He was an active member of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he held many positions. Wade and Sandi served as missionaries in the Cebu Mission in the Philippines, where he served as an advisor to the mission president.
Survivors include her six children, Elias (Brenna) from Palmdale, Calif., Seth (Keri) from Sandy, Utah, MacKay (Annie) from Salt Lake City, Utah, Josie McDade (Daniel) from Burley, Idaho, Quentin (Christa) from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, and Vince (Rachel) from South Jordan, Utah; 25 grandchildren; one sister, Sharon Beeson of Mesa, Arizona; and five brothers, Dennis (Patricia) of Calimesa, Calif., Wes (Carol) of Orem, Utah, Merlin (Ramona) of South Jordan, Utah, Blair (Keri) of Burley, Idaho, and Spencer (Janine) of Saugus, California. He was predeceased by his parents and an infant son, Nathaniel.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 28 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Burley Stake Center, located at 2050 Normal Avenue, Burley. Bishop Greg Hendricks will officiate. Interment to follow at Pleasant View Cemetery.
Friends and family will be received from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 at the Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., Burley, and at the church on Monday, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. before the funeral.
A live webcast of the service will be available and maintained at rasmussenfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to a local sports team or youth program.