Creed Law died Feb. 13 in St. George, Utah. He was 93. The following was provided by his family.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father and grandfather, Creed Law, in St. George, Utah, where he was visiting for the winter. One of the last of his generation often referred to as the “Greatest Generation,” our father exemplified many of the qualities of this generation.
He was a businessman, entrepreneur, builder and jack-of-all-trades. The silent type, Creed was an extremely hard-working man who also loved to work hard in his pastimes of horseback riding, hunting and fishing. Shooting his last elk at 90 years of age is just one example of his mental and physical toughness.
Born of goodly parents Velma Hone and Kenneth William Law in Springville, Utah, on Oct. 11, 1929, Creed grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, where he helped his parents with The Idaho Motel. It was while working with his parents during the Great Depression that he learned his work ethic.
A lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Creed met and married Lois Carol Cole. They had seven children: Christine Law Jackson (John), Dennis Creed Law (Karey), Kenneth Robert Law, Carol Ann Sorensen (Doug), Kellie Kae Law (Mark Thissen), Shane Allen Law (Jennifer) and Michael Scott Law. Together they owned and operated many businesses in and around the Pocatello, Idaho, area, including one of the first drive-through restaurant chains, called the Snac-Out. They also operated numerous pizza restaurants including the Outlaw Pizza, which included cabins in Jackson Hole. Creed and Lois later divorced.
In 1973 Creed was blessed with a second chance at love and married Alta Clarene Meadows. They were happily married for 49 years and made their home together in Jackson. Creed loved building things, and, together with Clarene, he had the opportunity to build and remodel many projects. As Clarene once said, “Your dad built and moved buildings all over this town.”
They increased their lodging business from one to six motels. It was during those busy years that if you wanted to visit with our dad, the best way to do it was to grab a hammer or a shovel and work right beside him. Dad taught many a grandchild, nephew or family member how to lay tile, do carpentry work or finish cement. He could be a hard taskmaster, but as one of his grandchildren learned when he crashed the work truck, Creed definitely understood the concept of mercy!
In his later years Creed could often be found having a little snooze in the back room of the Antler Motel waiting for the “big” boss, Clarene, to tell him what needed to happen next. Clarene and Creed both dearly wanted to die working. However, for our father this was not to be, due to a stroke he suffered a little over a year before his death. The stroke left him without the use of one side of his body, and, as you can imagine, for someone whose value system was work, it was a hard blow. However, our father dealt with it with grace and acceptance. As all Creed’s children had the opportunity to serve him, it was a beautiful time for the sharing of stories, love and testimony.
Creed was preceded in death by his sweetheart, Clarene; his parents and all his siblings, William Kenneth Law (died in infancy), Owen Hone Law (Tyla Ann Hayes), Della Rae Schader (Robert Charles Schader), Blaine Hone Law (twin of Bliss, died in infancy), Bliss William Law (May Elaine Smith) and Connie Hone (Keith Hone).
Creed is survived by all seven of his children; three step-children, Teresa Lin Meadows (Wolf Sohlich), Charisse Meadows Haws (Kurt), Steven Riley Meadows (Wendy); 26 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A favorite activity of Creed’s was to daily run through the names of all his posterity. This was not a small undertaking!
There will be a viewing from 6-8 p.m. on March 9 at Jackson 1st Ward, 420 E. Broadway Ave., and from 10-11:30 a.m. on March 10. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on March 10. Internment will follow the services at the Aspen Hill Cemetery.
Creed was a great guy. I have a couple of favorite stories about him. In the first we were talking about the newly built Jackson Town hall years ago. At the time, the upstairs was completely unfinished. Creed said, "it's a nice building, but I'm scared to death about whoever they're gonna put upstairs." How right he was
Every spring the police department used to auction off all the bikes that were turned in, presumably abandoned or stolen and left afield. Creed would go to buy bikes for Town Square Inns employees to use to get around town. After buying a particular bike I was interested in, Creed said to me, "I think this is the third year in a row I've bought this bike. And it's not the only one. Our employees tend to leave them lying around town, but this fundraiser goes to a good cause."
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