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Elias Martin Hunt

Born: Sat., Jun. 27, 1931
Died: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Feb. 17, 2018
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 17, 2018
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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Stevensville - Elias Martin Hunt was born on June 27th, 1931 in Spanish Fork, Utah. As the oldest of 8 children from Milton Zera and Ruth Larson (Martin) Hunt, he became an excellent woodsman, a great hunter for the family meat, a good-cook, a caretaker of the younger children, including many homemaking skills and adapted to a gypsy like life-style, as well as. He was raised in several places in southern Utah where his father pursued mining and agriculture. He excelled in general studies in high school and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Utah. In 1950 he married Ida Jean Snow with whom he raised three boys, and 9 grandchildren. After a debilitating accident, he enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. He was trained as a helicopter mechanic which also included para-medic school and became a search and rescue pilot after so many pilots were killed in southeast Asia. He served in the military for 18-1/2 years. On January 1, 1963, as he was airlifting a downed pilot out of North Vietnam, Elias’ helicopter was destroyed. Without vital signs in the wreckage, he and his crew were life-flighted to a medical unit where Elias was declared the only possible survivor spending 2-1/2 years in hospitals being put back together. When he went back on duty, he was requested to fly the President of the United States helicopter serving for four years in Washington D.C. He again underwent almost fatal health concerns with two heart attacks thus again changing his career by excelling in college to teach elementary ed. Upon graduating, he taught for 10 years in the Jordan School District near Salt Lake City, Utah. When his middle son was killed in an industrial accident, Elias assumed care of his grandson Ben and moved to Winchester, Idaho, where he married LuAnn Carter Hunt. A baby daughter, Lisa, was born to them and he is survived by four of her children. After several bouts of cancer, Elias went to Mexico for treatment and came back to Utah cancer-free where he met and married Noel M. Whittaker. They have happily resided in Montana for 29 years. Elias was an expert hunter and fisherman in the Treasure State. He interacted with Noel’s 3 children as his own and engaged with the 9 grandchildren as his own also. They bought a small log cabin in Stevensville, Montana on 4.96 acers and revamped the property to include a guesthouse where family and friends stay on a regular basis. Elias passed away peacefully on February 14th after a lengthy poor health history wherein the consequences of a long active life finally caught up with him. Elias served for several years on the High Council in the Stevensville Stake, LDS church and was a good friend and mentor to many. He will be greatly missed by many who knew him. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Stevensville. A family ceremony will be held on his birthday, June 27th, 2018 at the Smuggler mine in Sheridan, MT to scatter his ashes. Anyone close to him is invited.

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Dian Rasmussen
   Posted Sun February 18, 2018
Hello my dear friend Noel, I send my love and thoughtful prayer to you at this time. Elias is due for a rest now. I know the years have had their difficulty with his health so now it is time for Noel to have a rest. Today is the 1 year anniversary of Jerrys passing so I know of the lonleyness ahead. May God give you the peace and blessing of comfort at this time.
With love Dian

JoyLynn MWright
   Posted Mon February 19, 2018
To the Family of Elias

My heart breaks for your loss. It breaks because I have lost my second father. He was the same age as my own father who has been gone for near 20 yrs now. Like your beloved Elias, he too was in the USAF at the same time, although he did not go to Vietnam. So the similarities just hit home for me. Through Genealogy, Noel and I learned we are related through our East Coast Relations... although many generations ago. So, in a sense, we are family after all. I am forever blessed for having known Elias these past 3 years. He was a good man who chose his friends carefully. He gave me sage advice many times, and the jokes we told each other ... well, mostly me... gave him cause to chuckle, although he did growl at some. I will miss him dearly, as I am sure you will even more. But time will take the sting away somewhat. I am a better person for having known him.

MaryEllen Neerings
   Posted Wed April 11, 2018
Mr. Hunt was my substitute teacher for half of fourth grade at Bella Vista, in SLC. I was blessed to be in his fifth grade class as well. He was one of the best teachers I ever had. He was patient, kind, and loving with his students, even the ones who probably tried his patience to the very limit. He taught us to love arts and crafts, reading, to appreciate all living creatures, and that kindness matters and goes a long way. Having searched before to try and tell him of his impact on my life, I am so sad to discover I found him to late. I will have to settle for letting his loved ones know that his life had a positive impact on someone else. RIP “Huntie” and May your spirit remain with his loved ones. 💕💕

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