Joseph Newman Dilworth passed away at his home in Carey, Idaho on Saturday, December 22, 2018 after a spirited battle with cancer—just days away from his 80th birthday.
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He was born in Jerome, Idaho on December 28,1938 to Marold Joseph Dilworth and Viola Newman Dilworth—the eldest of ten children. He was proceeded in death by his parents, two brothers Thomas Edward (Eddie) and John Loren, and two grandchildren, Patrick Joseph Smith and Camilla Alexis Deleo. He is survived by his six children: Charlotte Rose Cline of Twin Falls, Idaho; Christina Viola Carter of Park City, Utah; Jason Joseph Dilworth (wife Janice) of Boise, Idaho; Catherine June Lunt (husband Michael) of Pleasant View, Utah; Jed Douglas Dilworth (wife Cinnamon) of Boise, Idaho; and Thomas James Dilworth (wife Heather) of Big Sandy, Montana; 22 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; his former wife Carolyn Rose Carter (Mosier); and his seven siblings, LeGrand Dilworth (wife Cheryl) of Malta, Idaho; Maria Higley (husband Lee) of Burley, Idaho; Orin Dilworth (wife Loretta) of Boise, Idaho; Reed Dilworth (wife Pam) of Jerome, Idaho; Anette Christiansen (husband Michael) of Jerome, Idaho; Milan Dilworth of South Jordon, Utah; and Lorna Walker (husband Rodney) of Rupert, Idaho.
Joe was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was a valiant servant to the Lord throughout his life. He served a two-year mission in Oklahoma as part of the Southern States Mission. He was a High Priest, served in two Bishoprics, as a Young Men’s President, temple worker, and intermittently as a scout leader for over 40 years.
Upon returning from his mission he attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho where he studied on a scholarship, wrestled, played football and was honored with an All-American Football Award as a Guard. He graduated from Ricks in 1962. He then attended BYU Provo and graduated in 1967. He taught and coached wrestling and football at the former Brigham Young High School and then Morgan High School before choosing a career in general construction, building homes—a field he worked in for the remainder of his life, finishing as a building inspector, and retiring in 2017 at age 78.
Joe is remembered as a hero to all of his brothers and sisters—a stalwart, dependable, obedient, hard-working, and self-sacrificing big brother who always honored his parents and worked hard to set a good example in his family. These character attributes defined him as a man of great integrity with a servant’s heart and an unmatched work ethic—attributes which remained with him throughout his life, influencing all of his decisions and actions, his relationships and commitments as a dedicated husband and father, his role as the patriarchal leader of the Dilworth family, and as a respected member within any work environment, organization, or community in which he served.
Joe was a lifelong advocate of Scouting and after decades of service in the organization, he received the Silver Beaver Award, a distinguished service award from the Boy Scouts of America.
He loved his family, his tractor, gardening, storytelling around the campfire, entertaining his grandchildren with his rope tricks, doing family history work, keeping his memory books, reading biographies, and wood working.
Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Carey, Idaho on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11:00 am with a viewing prior to the funeral starting at 9:30 am. The gravesite dedication will immediately follow the funeral services at the Carey Cemetery and a meal for the family will be held at the church following the gravesite dedication.
In lieu of flowers or any other donation, if you felt the impact and influence of our father’s life of service, please consider reaching out to your community or to those in need as a reflection of how his character and example was meaningful to you.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to all those who have been so loving and attentive to our father over the past few years of his life. We know you spent many hours offering service and care, dropping by meals, visiting, and helping us keep an eye on him, even though he was very independent. We love and appreciate all of you.