Lyle S Heinz
July 21, 1934 ~ January 17, 2020
Lyle S Heinz passed away Friday, January 17, 2020 in Santa Clara, UT at the age of 85.
Born to William and Bernice Heinz in their Rexburg, ID home on July 21, 1934, Lyle quickly tried to keep up with his two older brothers, Don (Marsha) Heinz and Blair (Kay – deceased) Heinz, and grew to become a competitive young man.
He attended Brigham Young University where he played football under Chick Atkinson.
He married his high school sweetheart, Helen Hawkes, in August 1954 in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Lyle served in the Great Lakes Mission in 1955 and then returned to his family and finished his education at Utah State University, becoming a seminary teacher and an institute teacher with the Church Education System for over three decades.
He and Helen had five children, one boy and four girls, whom they loved and taught. Helen passed away in 1977 while the family lived in Price, UT.
Lyle courted Nellene Parry Jones after her husband passed away, leaving her to care for their five children, four girls and a little boy.
They were married in the Manti, UT LDS Temple in 1978. While blending the two families was a challenge, Lyle and Nellene made it work with lots of love and patience.
Lyle and Nellene eventually served in the Fiji Suva Mission in 1996 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They also served as ordinance workers in the Manti LDS Temple for ten years and as volunteers in the St. George Temple.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ was the focus of Lyle’s life. He was a student of the scriptures and a master teacher, always asking poignant questions, which encouraged his students (including his children and grandchildren) to find the answers for themselves.
He served in several callings in the Church and in various capacities in his career and was sure to be found expounding scriptures and directing all to the Savior Jesus Christ no matter what his calling or position was.
He is well known for his beautiful garden. Lyle loved the outdoors – boating, fishing, four-wheeling, hunting, and camping – and playing card and board games, often bringing out his competitive nature but always for the enjoyment of being with family.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Nellene Heinz – Santa Clara, UT; and their 10 children: Bruce (Beth) Heinz—Las Vegas, NV; Cathy (Dan) Hanna—Rexburg, ID; Sherry (Robert) Bulloch—Cedar City, UT; MiChelle Heinz—Cedar City, UT; Pam (Jim) Russell—Rexburg, ID; Lisa (Jae) Potter—Price, UT; LaNell Denison—Salt Lake City, UT; Holly (Mike) Smuin—Vernal, UT; Heidi (Justin) Frandsen—Lehi, UT; De (Barb) Jones—Pocatello, ID.
They also have 39 grandchildren and 68 great-grandchildren.