Jeffrey Lynn Ogden passed away on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, after being Life Flighted from injuries sustained in a skiing accident in Sun Valley, Idaho. He was 53 years old.
He was born on Aug. 9, 1956, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Myrlin D. Ogden and Hazel Marie Ogden. Jeff was the older of two sons. To his younger brother, Shawn, who was born with Down syndrome, Jeff was a hero. As the two boys were growing up, their family moved all across the United States for his father's employment, and no matter what would happen, Jeff was there to protect his little brother. Jeff is still Shawn's hero.
Jeff graduated from Bonneville High School in 1974 where he excelled in football and baseball. During his senior year, Jeff was named MVP of his football team and also held the school's stolen bases record for over 20 years. He later attended Ricks College and Idaho State University.
In 1977, Jeff married Starla, whom he loved more than life. They soon started a family and welcomed their twin sons, Zach and Tyler, and their daughter, Tawny, into the world. Jeff worked during the day and went to school at night to become an electrician.
After many years of being mentored by his father, Myrt Ogden, founder of Intermountain Construction Inc., based in Idaho Falls, Jeff was offered the opportunity to pursue his dream of owning his own construction company. He bought Intermountain Construction in 1998. A combination of Jeff's enthusiasm and his father's life lessons helped him to begin living his dream of building custom homes and ski lodges. Some of his accomplishments include River Run Day Lodge, Warm Springs Day Lodge, Seattle Ridge Day Lodge, Carol's Dollar Mountain Day Lodge, the Sun Valley Nordic Center, the Sun Valley Pavilion and John Paul Lodge at Snowbasin (home of the 2002 Winter Olympics) in Huntsville, Utah. To all Jeff's clients, he was more than just a contractor—he was thought of as a close friend.
In 2005, Jeff and Starla built a second home in Ketchum, Idaho. Jeff enjoyed spending time outdoors and he and Starla took advantage of all the different sporting activities the seasons have to offer there. One in particular was skiing and snowboarding on Bald Mountain.
Jeff was more than a father to his children—he was their best friend. In many ways he was a child himself, living life through their eyes. He loved rock 'n' roll, hunting, fishing and especially spending time with his family on the lake for a day of wakeboarding and surfing.
He was fearless about life and lived life to its fullest. In his last years, he enjoyed spending time with Starla at their Sun Valley home, having long talks with his mother about his dad and the construction industry, and playing "monster" with his grandchildren.
Jeff was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He took pleasure in reading the Bible and Book of Mormon, and studying the Scriptures. He taught the high priests in the Iona First Ward and enjoyed doing that.
Jeff was passionate about life and probably lived more in 53 years than most of us will in a lifetime. We were all privileged to have him be a part of our earthly lives.
He is survived by his mother, Hazel Marie Ogden, of Idaho Falls; his brother, Shawn Ogden, of Idaho Falls; his wife, Starla Ogden, of Idaho Falls; his two sons, Zach Ogden (wife, Maren Ogden and children, Charlize, 5, Benson, 3, and Ledger, 1) of Idaho Falls and Tyler Ogden (wife, Christine Ogden and children, Reece, 4, and Tristan, 1) of Idaho Falls; and his daughter, Tawny O'Donnal (husband, Daniel O'Donnal and children, Berkley, 3, Lolla, 2, and Lennox, 2 weeks) of San Antonio, Texas.
The family expresses their deep appreciation to the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for the care that was taken to try to save Jeff, and to all those who lovingly shared their time, energy and love with him throughout his life.
They would also like to thank their family and friends who have made their lives so rich with great memories. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, Box 10, Sun Valley, ID 83353.
Funeral services will be at noon, Saturday, March 20, at the Iona LDS Stake Center (55th E. and Ririe Highway) with Bishop Kim Ryan officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 19, at Wood Funeral Home East Side Chapel and from 11-11:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Iona Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.woodfuneralhome.com