Max Richard Conan
May 11, 1925 – March 4, 2018
Max Richard Conan joined the love of his life, Eva Lu (Olsen) Conan, with his passing on March 4, 2018, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, at the age of 92. Max was born on May 11, 1925, in Glasgow, Montana, to Frank and Viola Conan and was the second youngest of six boys. He was a loving son and brother. Max had a special relationship with his mother and brothers and always spoke fondly of his family throughout his life.
Max grew up in South Dakota and Idaho Falls. At the age of seventeen, he joined the Marine Air Corps during World War II and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. He often told stories of working with Charles Lindbergh which inspired him later in life to acquire his pilot’s license. At the end of the war, he was dispatched to the Philippines to bring home American prisoners of war.
Upon his return home from the war, he rekindled his friendship with Eva Lu Olsen whom he had met as a teenager. Max and Eva were married on July 11, 1946. Together, they had three children; daughter, Terri (Conan) Price, and sons, Roger (Janelle) Conan, and Mitchell (Margo) Conan. They had eleven grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Max and Eva spent their life together in Idaho Falls and were inseparable. They developed a great love of the outdoors taking up golfing, tennis, and hiking. They also participated in the city’s bowling leagues.
Max had a great love for flying and was a recreational small engine pilot and would fly as often as possible while pursuing his commercial pilot license. He especially loved flying his favorite Cessna airplane over the lights of Idaho Falls at night. Family members would often accompany him during his flights where he allowed them to help fly the plane and learn the basics of aviation.
Max worked closely with his brother, Norman, at Conan Heating before retiring at the young age of fifty-four. This gave him time to enjoy life and pursue his passions. Max and Eva moved to St. George, Utah, in 1990 where they spent their retirement years enjoying the warm weather and playing golf, their ultimate passion. Max took care of the golf course where they lived, and together they also enjoyed playing tennis, bowling, and hiking in the desert with their beloved dogs. Max was an excellent golfer winning multiple tournaments and shooting three hole-in-ones which he considered a great accomplishment.
Max was greatly saddened in June 2013 with the loss of his dear wife, Eva, after nearly sixty-seven years of marriage leaving a hole in his heart. With his passing, we know that our Mom and Dad are reunited and he is at peace. We will miss you Dad.
There will be a graveside service in remembrance of Max at the Brigham City, Utah, Cemetery on April 28 at Noon. Arrangements are under the direction of Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home. Online condolences can be left at buckmillerhann.com.