Delbert V. Groberg, Idaho Falls real estate appraiser and church leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He has served in community leadership during most of his 94 years.He is known and honored as a leader in local land development and sales, as a past president of the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and author of a history of that temple and its pioneers.He is also known as a county chairman of the successful state Centennial and U.S. Bicentennial observances as well as launching of the Bonneville “Tricentennial Commission.”
He was an original incorporator and director of the Bank of Commerce and of KID Broadcasting Corporation.In the late 1940s, together with other local business leaders, he pursued the possibility of the Atomic Energy Commission locating near Idaho Falls and became an active supporter of the development of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Lab.
He has served in the Idaho Falls as Justice of the Peace, chairman of the selective service board, the Idaho Territorial Centennial Commission and the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution.He is also served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, United Way, Teton Peaks Council of Boy Scouts of America, Real Estate Board, State of Idaho Real Estate Association and regional vice president of the National Association of Real Estate Boards.Mr. Groberg was founding president of the southern Idaho chapter of Real Estate Appraisers and regional vice president of the National Institute of Real Estate Appraisers.
He studied appraising at the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan and the University of Washington at Seattle and was a speaker and teacher in his profession.
He has served his church as Bishop, High Councilor, Stake Patriarch, and President of the Idaho Falls Temple.In 1985 he published the book "The Idaho Falls Temple - The First LDS Temple in Idaho," which contains a history of Eastern Idaho and of the construction, dedication and surface of the LDS Temple there. He has received a number of awards such as the Brigham Young University Community Service Award, the Liberty Bell Award by the Seventh Judicial District Bar Association, the Honored Pioneer Award from the Bonneville County Historical Society and many others.In 1995 he and his wife Jennie were named co-recipients of the Brigham Young University Presidential Citation at the University's 120th Commencement Exercises.
Mr. Groberg was born in Idaho Falls on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1906 and was married to Jennie Holbrook in 1930.This past June they observed their 70th wedding anniversary.They are parents of eleven children, all married with families, and so their posterity numbers about two hundred.By Dee Klenck