Debra Sue Austin Talbot, 58, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on April 10, 2020, after a long and brave battle with cancer. Debbie was born on August 25, 1961, to Clair and Jeri Austin. He grew up in Weston, Idaho, and attended school in Dayton where he enjoyed being involved in the rodeo and training teams on the West Side.
He married Gordon LaVern Talbot on December 15, 1978. Their marriage was then held in the temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Logan, Utah. Gordon and Debbie made their home in Winder, Idaho.
In 1986, with three small children – Tyler, Tera, and Jamie – Debbie was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and through strict care was able to survive and cancer became remission allowing her to continue raising her children. Immediately after the remission, Hailey was miraculously born in 1989. Gordon and Debbie thought that their family was complete, until 2002 when they had a different impression that it wasn’t. They can add their youngest children to the family when they adopt Skylee from the Marshall Islands.
For 15 years, Debbie worked at Pepperidge Farm in Richmond, Utah, where she was a long time friend. In 2000, he had the opportunity to change jobs and began working as a pharmacy technician at Larry’s Family Pharmacy in Preston where he liked to interact with customers. His coworkers there became “brothers for life” and he waited every day to work with them. Debbie was devastated leaving Larry in 2015 due to another cancer diagnosis. This time he began his struggle against leukemia. And he never stopped fighting.
Heavenly Father blessed Debbie repeatedly in the past five years that she worked with doctors to extend her life. She experienced torturous days and nights, even living temporarily in Salt Lake after a bone marrow transplant, all so she could have more time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Debbie shows grace, strength, faith, and courage. People often comment on their positive attitude, laughter, and sense of humor even through it all. His testimony grew exponentially during this process when he exercised faith in the Lord, and he gave his love for the gospel of Jesus Christ to his family.
Throughout their lives together, Debbie often commented how grateful she was to have Gordon by her side, encouraging and caring for her. He is proud of each of his children and grandchildren and they are very proud of him. She is a grandmother who likes to have fun and likes to joke on her grandchildren. He is a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he receives as many callings and fulfills his responsibilities as possible.
Debbie survived her husband for 41 years, Gordon; his children Tyler (Brooke) Talbot of Winder; Tera (Terron) Pickett from Gunnison, Utah; Jamie (Dixon) Hollingsworth from Preston; Hailey (Zach) Nielson, Preston; and Skylee (Wade) Price also from Winder; 15 grandchildren and baby Skylee arrive this June; his father Clair, from Weston; and three of his brothers Randy (Trudy) Austin from Weston; Rick (Jacquelyn) Austin from Winder; and Shawn (Wendy) Austin from Preston. He was preceded in death by his adoring mother, Jeri.
Because restrictions are currently being implemented, no formal services will be held. Because there will be no physical interaction with you who loves him, the Debbie family strongly requests that you write and send your favorite memories and stories about him to [email protected]. Memories and condolences can also be shared with families at webbmortuary.com