Robert Wayne LaDeaux, Jr., 45, of Shelley, ID, passed away on Tues., Feb. 5, 2019 in a tragic automobile accident while on his way to work in Idaho Falls. Family and friends knew him affectionately in his youth as Robbie, which gradually turned to Rob as he matured. Rob was born on July 31, 1973 in San Jose, CA to Robert Wayne LaDeaux, Sr. and Andrea "Pepper" Merle Little LaDeaux, enrolled members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Rob entered this life just 8 1/2 months after his older brother, Sean Robert LaDeaux was born. His father passed away on March 1, 1974, when Rob was 8 months old. His mother, Pepper, was left to raise two babies after being paralyzed in a car accident after her high school graduation. Rob inherited a legacy of love of the Savior, Jesus Christ, from his mother. Pepper joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints before marriage and becoming a mother. As life became increasingly difficult for her to take care of her boys, Pepper showed great faith and trust by sending her sons to participate in the Indian Placement Program, operated by the church. This allowed her to continue to be a part of their lives until her passing on Oct. 9,1997. Rob joined the Lamar and Brenda Bailey family on August 18, 1981 in Heyburn, ID as members of the Heyburn 2nd Ward. He was now the 4th of 5 children, between Shawn W Bailey and Tyrell Bailey who became fast friends. Natalie (Bailey) Miles and Nicole (Bailey) Maier became his favorite babysitters and influencers in his life. Growing up, Rob had to adjust to working on a small farm. Even though he was extremely afraid of dogs, he was enjoyed raising and showing sheep in 4-H. He played the saxophone in band, enjoyed hanging out with friends, and a hip hop dance group at West Minico Jr and Minico High Schools. Rob earned his Eagle Scout award alongside Shawn and Ty in May of 1991. Rob was a great artist in both his drawing abilities and his keen sense and appreciation of fashion. He was kind and had a quiet sense of humor. Growing up on a farm, he and his brothers had to find "unique" ways to entertain themselves and often ended up getting in all kinds of trouble. Luckily for the boys, their parents only knew half the stuff they did. When Rob turned 18 he was excited to spread his wings. The first thing he did was to buy a brand new, white Toyota Paseo. After high school he rented an apartment and decided to serve a mission. Rob served honorably in the Winnipeg Canada Mission from 1994-1996. He was uniquely able to influence and teach some of the native Americans there. Rob married Sonda Phillips in the Salt Lake City Temple on Oct. 1, 1999. They welcomed their first son, Noah Robert LaDeaux on Jan. 26, 2002 while living in SLC, UT. Gavin Christian LaDeaux was born on Aug. 23, 2005 in Vancouver, WA, and Cache joined their family April 28, 2009 when they lived in Pasco, WA. Rob worked in the funeral industry for years at several funeral homes and helped with several extended family funerals. He never gave up on his dream to become a licensed mortician and most recently completed his requirements to fulfill this life ambition. Rob was an active member of the Woodville 1st Ward and served valiantly as a Primary teacher. His primary kids, both past and present, will all miss the twinkle in his eye when he smiled and his little laugh. Rob would have to say "seriously though" so the kids believed him, since he was usually such a light-hearted person. He was compassionate and avoided contention if possible. Rob was dedicated to self improvement and did as much as he could on this earth to learn about the Savior and His gospel. More than anything he had great love for his three boys, Noah, Gavin, and Cache and his brother, Sean. Rob loved to spend time with his kids and do activities such as taking walks, going to the park, watching movies, eating, and talking about life and the gospel. He was so proud of them and their accomplishments and will continue to sing praises of them in his new Heavenly home. Rob is survived by his three sons, Noah age 17, Gavin age 13, and Cache age 10; his older brother, Sean (Melissa) LaDeaux; his second family, parents, Lamar and Brenda Bailey, Natalie (Eric) Miles, Nicole (Mark) Maier, Shawn (Shauna) Bailey, Tyrell (Jaimee) Bailey, 25 nephews & nieces (inc. 7 spouses), and 12 great nephews & nieces. Rob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Wayne LaDeaux and Andrea "Pepper" LaDeaux, and his nephew Cameron L Miles.
Friday, February 8th, 2019
Saturday, February 9th, 2019