Sunday, August 9, 2015

Steve Landon to announce his candidacy

candidate Steve Landon will announce his candidacy for the Idaho Legislature in District 28 at the Bannock County Democratic Party's Political Soup luncheon at noon on Wednesday, August 12th, in Pocatello. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m.

As someone who understands what it means to earn a fair wage, a wage that can support a family, Steve is dedicated to pursuing policies that help Idaho's economy. Idaho needs to be a place where businesses and their employees can prosper together.

Steve, a long-time resident of Chubbuck, recently retired from a 43-year career with the JR Simplot Company Don Plant. He is currently president of the Idaho chapter of the Alliance for Retired Americans (IDARA). According to Steve, "IDARA is an organization devoted to enriching and enhancing the lives of seniors and retirees in Idaho. Primary issues that IDARA deals with are defense of earned Social Security and Medicare benefits."

While at Simplot, in addition to his work responsibilities, Steve served as President of United Steel Workers (USW) Local 632 which represents the hourly workers at the Don Plant. He also served as President of the USW Region 12 Council representing membership in nine western states and Hawaii. Steve and his wife Pam are also members of, and active in the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR).

Steve and Pam are proud parents and grandparents of four daughters and a son and seven grandchildren. When Steve takes a break from actively volunteering to help others he enjoys family activities that involve Idaho's outdoors — particularly travel, camping, fishing and golfing with his grandson.

Political Soup will be held at the headquarters of the Bannock County Democrats, 355 Yellowstone Ave. in Pocatello (across the street from Mama Inez restaurant) with parking in the back of the building (please do not park alongside adjacent businesses). Food will be served and a small donation is appreciated.

For more information about this event, please contact our organization at or call (208) 234-8908.

Monday, August 3, 2015

R.I.P. Ranae Stallings

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Ranae Stallings

3/11/1943 – 8/1/2015

Ranae Stallings passed away unexpectedly and peacefully due to complications from diabetes in her Island Park home on August 1, 2015 at the age of 72.

Ranae is survived by her husband, Richard Stallings of Island Park, Idaho and Mesquite, Nevada; children, Rik (DeAnna) Stallings of Logan, Utah, Sallianne (Clark) Duncan of Bountiful, Utah, and Daniel (Ethel) Stallings, of Pocatello, Idaho; siblings, Leann Gustin and Ray Garner; and seven grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Lester and Wilma Garner of North Ogden.

Ranae was born on March 11, 1943 in Ogden, Utah to Lester and Wilma Garner while her father was serving overseas in World War II. She met her father for the first time at age two when he returned home from war.

She graduated from Weber High School in 1960. She attended Weber State College where she met Richard Stallings in a courtship and marriage class.

She and Richard were married in the Salt Lake Temple by President Spencer W. Kimball in 1963. While living in North Ogden, Richard and Ranae welcomed Rik and Sallianne into their home. After moving to Lyman, Idaho, son Daniel joined the family.

While living in the Rexburg area, Ranae worked as a legal secretary and served in various LDS Church callings. She particularly loved her time as Primary president. In 1984, Richard was elected to the United States Congress, and in 1985, Ranae accompanied Richard to Washington D.C. where she volunteered in his office, scheduling meetings and assisting constituents.

Following Richard's tenure in Congress, they moved back to Idaho where Ranae worked for the Bannock County Sheriff's Office. After retiring, Richard and Ranae divided their time between Island Park and Mesquite.

Her children and grandchildren remember her as a witty, generous, kind, and positive mother and grandmother who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams and would do anything in the world for them.

Ranae was a talented seamstress, baker and cook and used these talents often in service of her family, friends, and neighbors. She was a dedicated individual who loved her family and her Heavenly Father. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a dedicated citizen, serving in many capacities in the Church and community.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 7, at the Pocatello 4th Ward Chapel, 135 South 7th Avenue. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., both times at the church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ranae's life. Interment will be in the Ben Lomond Cemetery in North Ogden, Utah, under the direction of Baxter Funeral Home in Ashton.

Condolences may be sent online to the family at