Joseph Eldon Toomey

Jul. 28, 1923 - Jul. 2, 2019

Date of Service: Jul. 5, 2019

BURLEY – Joseph Eldon Toomey, a 95-year-old Burley resident, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Cassia Regional Hospital, in Burley.

Joseph was born July 28, 1923, to Otto Norman Toomey and Rosa Alice Cornwall in Salt Lake City, Utah. He had three full sisters (one died in infancy) and two brothers, as well as two half- sisters and one half-brother. They grew up in the depression era with very meager means. When he was eight years old, his mother was hit by a car and killed, so he and his siblings were raised by his angel stepmother, Eunice.

At the age of 18, he left home and attended BYU. He then enlisted and served in the United States Armed Forces - 102nd infantry division in the 3rd Army during the second World War. He served three years and received two battle stars for the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Central Europe. He saw many atrocities of the war as an MP Army medic.

After returning home, he finished his education at the University of Utah, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medics.

He taught school several years, including one year at the Sendi American School in Japan, teaching children of U.S. Army personnel. In 1952, while teaching in Juab county high school at Nephi, Utah as a science, biology and botany teacher, he met and fell in love with fellow teacher Marcia Rose Warner. They were married May 31, 1953, in Dillon, Montana, and then sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple a few days later.

After their marriage, Joseph attended dental school in Kansas City, Missouri, where he graduated the top man in the class of 1957. He did his internship in Boise, Idaho, and then practiced in the cities of Duarte, Lompoc, and Ridgecrest, California. He was an excellent dentist and developed some cutting-edge techniques for teeth straightening and dental health.

Joseph and Marcia raised their seven children in Lompoc and then Ridgecrest, California. He loved to tinker with large equipment like tractors and bull dozers on his property in Santa Maria, California. Later, Joseph lived with his daughter, Rebecca Harris in Burley, Idaho, from 2001 until his passing.

Joseph is survived by his daughter, Rebecca (Jeff) Harris of Burley, Idaho; and sons, Donald (Cindy) of West Jordan, Utah, Paul (Debbie) of Mission Viejo, California, Harold (Holly) of McKinney, Texas, and Robert (Jana) of Maple Valley, Washington; 29 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings; his wife, Marcia Rose Warner (divorced); sons, Jerry (Crystal), and Ronald (Mimi); and grandson, Benjamin.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Star 2nd Ward, located at 100 S. 200 W., of Burley, where friends and family may call from 10 until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial with military rites provided by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Group will follow at the Pella Cemetery.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home of Burley.