William Jule “Bill” LaJeunesse, 86, of Richfield and St. George, peacefully passed away on October 16, 2023, in St. George. He was blessed and grateful for the love and dedication of his family and for the many long and short-term friends he had, and for the great care he received, most recently at Stonehenge in Richfield while doing rehab after a broken hip in February. He was able to return home before moving into Legacy Village and later to Red Cliffs Health in St. George.
Bill was born September 27, 1937 in Eden, ID to Jule and Melba LaJeunesse being the third of four children. He was the first student body president of the new Valley High School and entered the Army after graduation. He served in the CIA of the Army, and was stationed in Germany, which helped developed his love of travel, clocks and automobiles.
Later Bill attended college in Twin Falls, finishing at Idaho State University. Then he moved and met his wife of 63 years, Janice K Seaman, in Denver, where children: Debbie and Jeff were born. The family moved to Twin Falls, ID for a new job with MH King Co. “Kings”. He was quickly assigned his own King's Store in Richfield, where their youngest son Ryan, was born. After Bill retired from Kings, he and his brother started a road construction company, JKL Construction. Later he and Jan retired again to Sun River in St. George.
Bill was a kind and compassionate boss but also loved to travel which included over-the-road trucking with his brother on some cross-country trips. He also fit in horse training and horse racing, owning a "mini farm". Other hobbies and interests included membership in the Elks, the Sevier County Jeep Posse, hunting, coin and clock collecting, owning Corvettes, playing bridge and poker and being the Sun River top poker player of the year, several times. He enjoyed country music, live music and watching the kids, grand and great-grandkids play sports, watching the Denver Broncos win, and the Utah Jazz.
He was very proud of his three children: Debra LaJeunesse (Ed Montgomery), Jeff (Mashell) LaJeunesse, Ryan LaJeunesse; grandchildren: Amber, Nic, McKell, Brett, Jennifer, Justin; great-grandchildren: Brooks, Winnie, Mac, Brody, Brooklyn, and Millie.
He was proud of his Shoshoni Indian heritage and one of his favorite activities was spending time reminiscing with his siblings: Jon LaJeunesse, Janine Harris and Julie Colby.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; and grandson, Jeremy.
Bill will be buried with military honors in the Richfield City Cemetery after a short private viewing. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at 11 a.m. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina, and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com