Lloyd John Meyer was born Aug. 29, 1927, in Rigby Idaho to Gustave and Lucy Meyer. He passed away peacefully on April 19, 2022, in Smithfield Utah at the age of 94. He and his twin brother Floyd were so small at birth, they were wrapped up and placed on the oven door, which they said resulted in their olive skin and being “half-baked.” He enjoyed growing up in Smithfield with his 3 brothers, Delbert, Melvin, Floyd and his 3 sisters, Verna, Arlene and Mildred. He was also blessed with lifetime friends.
At 12 years of age, Dad started learning the honey business from his dad. Later he became a partner of the Meyer Honey Company with his father and three brothers. After their father’s passing, they organized Meyer Honey Company, Inc., and Meyer Properties, LLC. They expanded the honey business into California, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Meyer Properties acquired land and rental properties which dad managed. He spent at least 65 years working with his brothers and ran bees until he was 83 years old. The company provided opportunities for his sons, grandsons, and nephews to work. They have fond memories working summers in the bee yards, supering the bees, and extracting. He enjoyed showing the family his car collection at the warehouse, how they made bee equipment, and extracted honey. There was nothing dad couldn’t fix or build!
In 1945, after graduating from North Cache High School, he and Floyd enlisted in the Merchant Marines and served with the U.S. Merchant Marine Fleet. After his ship was involved in a shipping strike, he was drafted and spent the next 2 years in the U.S. Army, serving with the Occupation Forces in Japan. After dad’s discharge, he attended Utah State University and then accepted a mission call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Swiss-Austrian Mission, along with his brother Floyd. He had many wonderful experiences and learned about his heritage in Switzerland where his father was born before immigrating. Following his mission he met Eloise Karren, daughter of Hyrum and Delecta Karren. They were married on November 23, 1954, in the Logan Temple. Together they built a wonderful life which included 8 children. His family was his pride and joy!
Other highlights of his church service included serving as a branch president in Hardin Montana, bishop of the Smithfield 4th Ward, and as a bishop in the USU 2nd Stake. Dad and Mom served as missionaries in the Iowa Des Moines Mission and later in the Germany Munich Austria Mission. They loved serving together. Dad also served many years as an ordinance worker in the Logan Temple, being released at age 92.
Dad was active in the community, serving on the City Council for 11 years. He was always a voice for the people and was known for his honesty, integrity, and hard work. He loved family trips to Hawaii, Germany, Switzerland, Montana, and Wyoming. On his last trip to Hawaii, he rode a wave on a boogie board at age 93! He also had a love for cars and often showed up unannounced driving his sporty blue convertible. Dad was blessed with good health and energy, which allowed him to live independently in his own home for 94 years.
Mom passed away in 2012 after 58 years together. Dad is preceded in death by his brothers Delbert (Afton), Melvin (Madge), Floyd, his sister Verna (John) Anderson, his brothers-in-law Richard Keysor, Clair Earl, Boyd Karren, Syd Karren and Nate (Olive) Karren, a granddaughter Ally Meyer and a great grandson, baby Hunsaker. He is survived by his sisters Arlene Keysor, Mildred Earl, his sisters-in-law Rae Meyer, Renae Karren, and Carma Karren. He is also survived by his children and spouses: Christine (Steve) Curtis, Bonnie (Randy) Hunt, Mike (Lisa) Meyer, Sue (Fred) Beck, Pam (Brad) Rich, Nancy (Dave) Griffin, Aaron (JoAnna) Meyer, and Jeff (Traci) Meyer, 43 grand-children and 80 great-grandchildren. In addition, he was also loved by the nieces and nephews from his extended family. He will be remembered for his strength, his quiet yet steady service to his family, his gentle disposition, and his wonderful dry sense of humor! He could not have been loved more.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM on Monday, April 25, 2022 in the Smithfield Stake Center, 600 East 120 South in Smithfield. A viewing will be held on Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at White Pine Funeral Services, 753 South 100 East in Logan, and prior to the services on Monday from 10:00 to 11:30 AM at the church. Graveside services will follow at the Smithfield Cemetery. To view the services via Zoom, click on the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/
In Dad’s honor, please plant Wildflowers or Russian Sage since bees love them!