Gregory Victor “Vic” Ellis, 71, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 in Pocatello, Idaho. Vic was born on August 8, 1949 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Robert Edward Ellis and Etta Sina Johnson Ellis. He was the youngest of 10 children according to all 3 of his sisters he was absolutely the most doted on child.
Vic was raised in Moreland, Idaho but moved with his parents to San Diego, CA for two years for his dad’s job. He attended elementary school in San Diego until they moved back to their family home in Moreland, Idaho where he continued his primary education at Moreland Elementary School.
He attended Snake River Jr. High School and Snake River High School, where he played Football and ran Track, graduating in 1967. He attended Idaho State University where he also played Football.
Vic joined the Idaho National Guard in 1968 as a Radio Operator and moved positions to a Track Vehicle Mechanic & was honorably discharged in 1974.
Vic spent many summers in his youth working on his sister, Judy, & brother-in-law, Robert Amy’s Ranch in Clyde, Idaho. There he learned the real value of hard work. He also realized that he hated branding the cattle because he didn’t want to hurt them. He was always grateful for this valuable time that he was fortunate enough to spend out at “the ranch” with Robert & Judy during his formative years.
Vic worked various jobs until he started working for the J.R. Simplot Co., where he worked for 35 years before retiring. While working at Simplot, he was the Vice President of the Oil Chemical Workers Union and spent a lot of time lobbying in the Idaho State house on the workers behalf. He was proud of the work that was done in the interest of bettering the work environment in a dangerous occupation as well as improving the pay for his co-workers.
He married Cynthia Lee (Call-Henson) on August 15, 1970 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. To this union were born 5 children; Nathan Gregory, Shellie Crystal, Melanie Lynn, Ashlin Lee and Christopher R. Vic and Cindy raised their family in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, and finally Pocatello.
Vic enjoyed fly fishing, creek “crick” fishing and deep-sea fishing. He loved to play cards and loved to go to Jackpot, Nevada with Cindy and his sister Linda and brother-in-law Jack. Vic was always a family man and spent many hours playing cards with his mom, siblings and their spouses, his nieces, nephews, and their spouses as well. He never thought of any of the spouses as “in-laws,” but always as just his family. He always enjoyed spending his holidays with his entire family at his sister Linda’s house and cherished the many fond memories of family time at Linda’s or Judy’s.
Vic was a member of the Fraternal order of The Elks and enjoyed playing PAN for hours on end at the Elks Lodge with his brother Dale & nephew Dale K and the other “Elks” on a regular basis.
Vic loved being a grandpa and was so proud of each one of his grandkids. He would always have pictures at the ready, for anyone who wanted to see them.
After 45 years of marriage, Vic lost his wife Cindy on June 29, 2014. Vic and Cindy enjoyed each other’s company every single day. They enjoyed taking rides in the country together and loved going to the Eastern Idaho State Fair every single year, they enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and Tahiti together with family. He enjoyed attending many of his children’s and grand-children’s sporting, theatre, recitals, and graduation events.
He is preceded in death by his wife Cindy Ellis; his mother and father; his 4 brothers, Ray, Eddy, Dale and Doyle Ellis; his 2 sisters, Beverly and Lela “LaVell” Ellis; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He is survived by 3 sisters, DiAne Ellis, Judy Amy (Robert) and Linda Holt; his children, Nathan Ellis (Wendy) their children Jade, Molli and Jordan Ellis; Shellie Davis (Todd) their children Brenna and Ashlie Davis; Melanie Ellis, Ashlin Ellis and her son Payton Fuller; Christopher Ellis (Amanda), their children Gregory K. “G.K.” and Addyson Ellis; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services, with Military Honors, for Vic will be Wednesday February 3, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Mountain View Cemetery, 1520 S. 5th Avenue Pocatello, Idaho.
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