Enjoyed fishing, "would sit for hours holding a pole".
Lived 2 miles outside of Declo, Idaho
1962 moved to Boise, homes on Butte St., Mountain View Dr., Lemhi
The following biographical sketch is from a handwritten note
by someone yet unknown. It is believed to be in the hand of LaPreal
Pace (daughter). The note was sent to La Preal Calkins (grand-daughter)
by Frank Pace in January 2008. It appears to be a draft for an
Seymour C. Preston was born July
20, 1892 in American Fork, Utah to Charles Henry Preston and
He lived with his parents in American Fork
until 1903 when they moved to Declo.
Dad was ushered into manhood at twelve years
ofage. Taking his place as a man besid his father. Working on
the Minidoka Dam. He drove a team of horses and worked on a slip
to build canals to bring water to the thirsty desert.
Dad was called Oct. 3, 1917 at Albion, Idaho
to serve the country to defend the freedom we so much enjoy.
He took his treaining in Camp Lewis Washington and then to Camp
Upton in New York from there he sailed to France.
There he served with the First Division participating
in five major battles driving an ammunition truck. Dad was released
from ther service of his country Aug. 19, 1919.
After his return he met Vera Leona Gorman
and after a short courtship of seven he married Vera Leona Gorman
March 24, 1920. To this union were born eight children 2 sons
and 6 daughters Clair and Garra Dee preceded him in death.
After there marriage they moved to their first
home in Declo in March 26th where Dad spent much of his life
At different intervals he worked for the Bureau
of Reclamation and J. R. Simplot Co. Six years prior to his illness
he was employed as a meat inspector for the State of Idaho.
Dad's happiest hours were when he had a couple
of his grndchildren around him.
Dad loved the beauty of Gods creation. Where
he could fish and enjoy the beauty that surrounded him.
Besides his widow he is survived by one son
Don Preston and five daughters Minnie Jibson, Logan, Utah LaPreal
Pace Emmett Ida, Robina Widman Burley Ida, Fern Hess, Vancouver
Wash, Connie Calkins Boise and 18 grand children.
Following brothers and sisters Minnie Osterhaut
- Burley Ida Leland and Jim of Declo - Cline of Burley and Clifford
of Ogden Utah.
We are deepley indebted to Dad for the contribution
he made to preserve our freedom and in assisting and conquering
the deserts that are now as a garden.
Don we as a family appreciate what you have done in giving Dad
a deeper understanding of the tender mercies that are over all
the inhabitance of the earth.
Written below in some one elses hand (perhaps Vera) is the
Dads last wishes to me were that all his children be united
in the gospel