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Dad left what he titled a "potential" obituary he'd written himself. But we - his three sons - being the independent thinkers he taught us to be, opted to change it. He would have liked that.
His version listed the dreams he saw to fruition, his accomplishments, the things he did in his life. It was a long and impressive list and we are extremely proud of each and every one. But it was a list. It said nothing about the man that he was; the remarkable individual within that made all those things possible.

But what do you say about a man who spent his early childhood in the throes of poverty during the Depression; a man who found himself on his own in his early teen-age years but never shied from dreaming big, finding his own path and pursuing those dreams?

What do you say about a man who rarely met anyone he didn't like and who had a unique and endearing way of understanding and touching others' lives along the way; a man who was physically short but had a heart as big as the universe and was a giant in giving to his family and community?

What do you say about a man who was as comfortable shaking the hand of presidents as driving a carload of teen-age skiers to slopes across the Northwest; and as comfortable in front of audiences and media explaining tough city budgets as he was gliding across the dance floor with mom in his arms?

What do you say about a man who married the love of his life at an early age and maintained a childlike adoring love for her throughout their 57 years together and until his last breath nearly five years after losing her to cancer; a man who tackled the kitchen at 78 years of age and finally (and thankfully) became a good cook in his own right?

What do you say about a man who raised his three sons to relish our individuality and pursue our own paths; a man who had an uncanny ability to angrily yell in colorful language at the utter stupidity of our occasional juvenile antics while at the same time never bringing into question his understanding and undying love for us?

What do you say about a man who, as a journalist, could roll up his sleeves and bang out a news story on a manual typewriter like a virtuoso at a piano while barking across the newsroom about deadlines and still be able to ask a son who stopped by after school about his day; all before multi-tasking was a word?

And what do you say about a man from humble beginnings in Baker City, Oregon who had opportunities to move to bigger media markets, but chose instead to stay in Boise where he felt he could make the most difference in giving to the community and his family?

To be sure, his list of accomplishments is long; from awards for news and sports reporting and for a documentary on Idaho's waterways to numerous achievements as a city councilman and mayor. His touch is all around us, in the parks, the greenbelt, North End preservation, the World Center for Birds of Prey, the Arts Commission, the Senior Citizens Center, Warm Springs Golf Course and many other city enhancements he championed and worked toward.

He was proud of the people who worked for him at City Hall, particularly the department heads who he always credited with carrying the load.

Yet in spite of all his accomplishments, he remained a humble, loving individual who enjoyed the simple pleasure of golf as much as anything; and he never lost touch with his roots, his early life in Baker City, and he cherished his friends, old and new, throughout his life.

So what do you say about this man? Words seem so inadequate. Perhaps we are left with merely saying "Thank you dad; for being in our lives, for loving mom, for always thinking of others, for all you taught us in word and by example and for supporting us in whatever path we chose no matter how far-flung or outrageous. Thank you for being the man you were and always will be in our eyes and hearts. We love you."

Please join us for a celebration of his life Thursday, July 12, 2012 at the Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State University, at 2:00 p.m. A private inurnment will take place at a later date at Dry Creek Cemetery.

Dad was born in Denver, Colorado on December 23, 1928 and passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Boise. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat, two brothers, Jim and Bill, and many friends. He is survived by his sons, Rick (Kim) of McCall, Randy and Ron of Boise; six grandchildren, Emily (Javier) of Canon City, Colorado; Katie and Francesca of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Dan, Mathew and Morgan currently in Boise and two great grandsons, Caius and Owen.

If so desired, please make a donation in Dick Eardley's name to your favorite charity.

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