Grant Orland Hunsaker
May 24, 1988 - August 20, 2019
Grant was born in Rexburg and raised in Rigby, ID in a family of enough kids to contain a football team, a basketball team, a baseball team, and a golf team without using the same person twice. As an only child of 26 kids he was the one everybody liked. He enjoyed a good inside joke and would be upset to learn of his time spent on the roof and recent conversion to the Democrat Party.
Grant lived every aspect of his life with intensity. He was an accomplished welder and nationally awarded MMA fighter. The honor and distinction of which he served in the military was enough to ensure that none of his much older and larger brothers (or sister) would ever mess with him. He was a large man of diminutive stature and as a devout Antagonist would often quote from Genesis 52:3. Grant was a loving and doting father to two beautiful girls who became his world. He would fondly say "Sariah's laugh and Annabelle's smile could cure cancer.” He truly adored them and he was (and still is) their hero. Grant also loved his country. He was a combat veteran of OEF and OIF and as a sergeant in the Army, he served with pride. He was a brother to everyone, the uncle with the largest box of fireworks and a friend to all.
Though seemingly hard-shelled, Grant had a tender heart. He wouldn’t just give the shirt off his back to a stranger, he’d give him a ride, buy him groceries and teach him a skill or two to take on his next path. He loved shooting, fishing, hiking, welding, martial arts and cooking. Anyone who knew Grant knows he thoroughly enjoyed a controversial debate. He unknowingly influenced the lives of countless individuals of all ages and he will be sorely missed.
Grant was preceded in death by his mother Jean Miskin Christensen Hunsaker Gifford (2002); father Orland M. Hunsaker (1991); sister, Jenai Axelson (2012); brother Logan Christensen (1975); brother, K’del Christensen (1976); brother, Troy Hunsaker (1994).
Grant is survived in life by his wife Apryl Hunsaker and their daughters Sariah and Annabelle, his father Jessie Gifford and brothers Gerald Hunsaker, Gregory Hunsaker, Clifford Hunsaker, Michael Hunsaker, Duane Christensen, Shaun Gifford, Dallas Christensen, Corey Gifford, Valden Christensen, Richard Gifford, Forrest Christensen, Jeffery Gifford, Flint Christensen, Tom Gifford, and Adam Christensen. Also survived by his sisters Shleen Monson, Tammy Ault, Jennifer Gifford, Lori Lundgren, Laurissa Rasmussen, Lezhai Gulbransen. Lastly, he is survived by the loved and respected Dave and Marilyn Nygard Family and his military brothers and sisters. A complete list of spouses is available upon request.
Grant's entire family wishes to thank everyone for the love and support that has been given and asks for gracious donations in lieu of flowers.
Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing at the Garfield LDS chapel (71 N 3700 E, Rigby ID) Saturday August 31st from 9am to 10:30am followed by a funeral service at 11am. Friends and family are invited to write or record memories that will be collected for his little girls.
Condolences may be shared with the family and a full obituary may be read at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com or eckersellfuneralhome.com.