Robert Wayne LaDeaux

July 31, 1973February 5, 2019

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.


  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Funeral Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, February 9, 2019

Robert Wayne LaDeaux

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Natalie Miles

February 12, 2019

My last memory and hug from you was 16 months ago after Cameron’s funeral. We all enjoyed seeing your face light up looking through Cam’s clothes. Your sense of style and cleanliness was evident. More importantly your love for the Savior and the plan of happiness radiated from you. It’s good to know how many lives you touched. I know your boys will continue to be important to you in Heaven! I will miss birthday messages the most. Love you little brother, Nat

Dallin Murphy

February 9, 2019

Rob was a superb funeral director and an asset to the funeral home. He was one of my mentors and I'm going to miss him and remember him often.

I'll see you on the other side some day, Rob.

Zach Scott

February 9, 2019

We didn't know eachother long but I truly enjoyed working with you Rob. You always had a smile on your face and always worked so hard. You were a very kind and very good, decent person. You are truly missed.

Michael Harrison

February 9, 2019

How you put in words how you feel about someone. I didn't realize how much of a friend Rob truly was until now that he is gone. I will forever remember his genuine nature, his laugh, his style and his truly amazing gift of compassion to other people. I will always remember the basketball games of the H2 ward, the school and teen dances, and the fun we had. Rob, you were an amazing person who opened your heart and home to me even later in life. Know that I look forward to continuing our friendship in the life to come.

Frankie Grant

February 9, 2019

Rob and I have been good friends and good co-worker for two years. We worked together at Deseret Industrial and Goodwill and he have been so helpfully to me and we laughed a lot while working. I really miss him so very much and I I always remember him and I could never forget.

Althea Sittre

February 8, 2019

I worked with Rob at Goodwill sharing our first experience both being Native American. He was one of the best people I've ever known. My heart weeps over losing him. His smile will be missed. I cannot find the words to truly convey the depth of the sorrow have for his kids. He spoke of you often. And he loved you. My sympathies and hope for a brighter tomorrow. Much love. Althea Sittre

Theresa Peterson

February 8, 2019

Rob was a great friend and co-worker. He always had a smile on his face and was willing to help where ever he could. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him from family, friends, co-workers, customers and anyone who ever met him.

Lisa McDaniel

February 8, 2019

Rob was not only a co-worker, he was my friend! He had such a great personality and never ending energy that made the work day just fly by. His smile was continuous though out the day. You will be greatly missed! God bless!

Camille Johnston

February 8, 2019

My family was so blessed to know Rob. He was always a bright piece of sunshine. He will be greatly missed my my husband Shawn Johnston a coworker and Carlie Wiseman also a coworker.

Vivian Gomez

February 8, 2019

I remember when Rob would greet me every morning at work. He would say;" Hey, good morning, V!" It would brighten my day. He was a great person, someone to lean on and talk to. He was great to get along with. Always had a smile on his face too! This news is heartbreaking and He'll truly be missed.