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John Harvey "Jack" Wight

Dec. 22, 1935 - Mar. 17, 2021

Date of Service: Mar. 27, 2021

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MALTA – John Harvey “Jack” Wight, an 85 year-old resident of Malta, passed from this world the evening of Wednesday, March 17, 2021, of injuries sustained from a fall and complications of dementia.

Jack was born December 22, 1935, in Brigham City, Utah, the third of five children born to Harvey J. Wight and Sarah Mae Darrington Wight, who ranched in Juniper, Idaho. He joined his older sisters, Donna Butler of Kaysville, Utah, and Clara Beyler of Bothwell, Utah. Later came his younger brother and sister, Harold Wight, and LaRene Whitaker, who have both preceded Jack in death.

He grew up on the family dry farms in Juniper and Malta learning to ride, rope and run machinery. He learned the value of hard work which benefitted him throughout his life and was passed on to his children. Jack attended schools in Juniper, Declo, and Malta, graduating from Raft River High School in 1954. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New England States Mission. Jack attended both Utah State University and BYU graduating from BYU in 1961. He married Elmoine Orr of Boise later that year. They are the parents of Debra (Curt) Hoskin, Shawna (Kelly) Searle, Eileen Wight, Rob (Maretta) Wight, Joe Wight, Mark (Rachelle) Wight, Vicki (Rex) Davis, Karen (Ryan) Thompson, and Cyndi (Jecka) Wight. He loved his children and his 29 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and six “adopted” grandchildren.

He farmed with his father for a time and worked for the Idaho Transportation Highway Department District and later at Raft River Electric where he worked his way up to becoming an accountant. When he retired from that position, he became the favorite bus driver and drove for the Raft River High juniors and seniors who attended the Tech Center in Burley each day. Throughout these times he kept a small farming operation going to provide work for his growing children. Jack also served many years as a service missionary at the Bishop’s Storehouse. He served many ward and stake missions, including a mission with his wife to St. Louis, Missouri in 2010.

He was a loving husband and a wonderful father and grandfather. He always had a smile and a joke for everyone he met. He was loved for his sense of humor and positive nature throughout the community. He was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and bore fervent testimony of Christ’s Gospel and served in many capacities in the Church including Bishopric, High Council, and Seminary Teacher. He found great happiness in serving the Lord, his family, and his neighbors.

We will miss him for a little while until we are reunited with him in the world of spirits.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Malta Ward, located at 280 N. 1st St., in Malta, with Bishop Lane Schumann officiating. Burial will follow at Valley Vu Cemetery in Malta.

Friends and family will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, Idaho, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Saturday preceding the funeral service at the church.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/pMY4VWb8pLg.

Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the wearing of face masks will be required at the services.

Condolences for John Harvey "Jack" Wight

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From Dolores Booth:
Dear Elmoine and Family I send my sincere sympathy and love to you and your family. You and Jack have always said such good examples for everyone. I will always cherish the Memories we shared. One of my favorite memories of Jack was at a young married’s water skiing party. With water skis on, he sat on the dock, tow rope in hand and as the boat pulled him from the dock he immediately sank. Coming up sputtering he quipped, “And this is supposed to be fun.” Causing a good laugh for us all.
From Lorraine Wallace:
It was a beautiful funeral. Thank you, kids, for sharing such wonderful tributes to such a great dad. What a beautiful family. He taught you well.
From Steven and Pam Darrington :
Elmoine and family Pam and I send our warmest condolences to you at the loss of Jack. We served as Stake Missionaries together and were impressed by you and Jack’s willingness to serve. He was a great example of dedicated service. He will be be missed by all who knew him.
From John C. Darrington:
Elmoine and family: the last time I saw Jack was at LaRene's funeral in 2010. He was part of a trio with his older sisters. We visited briefly. Sorry to learn of his passing. I have memories of watching Harold, Uncle Harv, and him working their cutting horses at the Cassia County Fair. They always did really well. I remember attending his missionary farewell at the old Latter-day Saint Church in Malta. He was a great example to his younger cousins who lived in Declo. I believe there is a great reunion taking place on the other side of the veil. May the Lord bless and comfort you at this hour.
From Jessica Compton:
We love you Grandma Elmoine! I'm proud to be one of his adopted grandchildren. I never had a single negative experience with him and never even heard a single negative thing about him from the people who knew him better than I did.
From Sharon Hutchison:
Thinking of you and your family With Sincere Sympathy and Fond Memories of your loved one..so sorry for your loss. He always had a smile on his face and a great sense of humor. He was my dear friend and I will miss him.
From Kathy Zollinger:
I have always thought the world of Jack. I loved his Halloween masks. I would have to take my kids to Malta every year just to see what he would be wearing that year. I loved his jokes. He always made me smile. Jack is such a good man that I am sure Roland will have him to work in no time at all. Until we meet again.
From Aaz:
Jack was a leader several scout projects from cub scouts to eagle scout. Always had a joke. Prayers for family and area. RIP
From Dylan Barrett:
Love you Great Uncle Jack!
From Lorraine Wallace:
I love the Wight family. I’ll never forget Jack’s forever smile. My heart and prayers are with all of you that the Lord will bring you peace and comfort at this sad time. I love you all.
From Gene Thompson:
While growing up in Malta many years ago, Jack's family usually sat in church in front of us. I always liked entertaining the Wight kids. What I remember most is Jack teaching Seminary and how he always had a smile and that he was one of the nicest persons that I have known. I will miss him a lot.

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