Born: 29 Oct 1945
Died: 24 Aug 2010
At the age of: 64
Spouse: Arthur Don Whitaker
Children: Justin, Andy, Kimberly, Nikelle, Jennifer
BURLEY – LaRene Kay Whitaker, age 64, of Burley and formerly of Malta, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at her home from complications of diabetes.
LaRene was born Oct. 29, 1945, in Rupert, Idaho, to Harvey J. and Sarah Mae Darrington Wight. She graduated from Raft River High School in 1964 and attended Brigham Young University for one year. She married her high school sweetheart, Arthur Don Whitaker, on April 5, 1967, in Malta, and they were later sealed with their children in the Logan Temple on Jan. 17, 1987.
In her youth, LaRene loved riding horses, was a cheerleader and was involved in various clubs and organizations. She helped with the family ranch in Malta, worked at Raft River Electric, was active in the LDS Church with various callings such as Primary president, Relief Society president and ward librarian. Her hobbies included crocheting, spending time with friends, watching her grandkids’ activities, family history, scrapbooking, reading, watching movies and traveling.
She is survived by her sons, Justin (Kimberly) Whitaker of Burley and Andy (Tia) Whitaker of Malta; her daughters, Kimberly (Shay) Watterson of Burley and Nikelle (Brent) Farley of Morgan, Utah; 12 grandchildren; her sisters, Donna Butler of Kaysville, Utah, and Clara Beyler of Malta; and her brother, Jack (Elmoine) Wight of Malta. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Jennifer Lynn Whitaker; her husband, Arthur Don Whitaker; and her brother, Harold Wight.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, at the Malta LDS Church, with Bishop Brad Hutchison officiating. Burial will be in the Valley Vu Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St. in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church.
Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Rasmussen Funeral Home.