Harold J. "JH" Batt
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1919 - 2012
Harold passed peacefully on Nov. 3, 2012, in Boise, ID at the age of 93. He was a good man who lived a good life. He was born at home in Wilder, ID on Feb. 17, 1919, to Roger and Irene Batt. He was raised with his four siblings: Donald, Wendell, Margaret and Gladys. Like his brothers, he graduated from Wilder HS, the U. of Washington (he lettered in baseball) and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He married Jane Butterfield in 1941 and they had 3 children: Nancy, Douglas and Jeffrey. HJ was proud of his WWII service in the US Army as a member of the CIC (Counter Intelligence Corps).
His father introduced hops to Idaho in 1939 and the farm became Roger Batt & Sons. In time, the boys each established their own hop farms: Harold's becoming Gem Hop Co. where he and son Doug were GH Co. partners for decades. On the Oregon Slope, HJ also developed Hyline Farms for the Batt family which his nephew, Stu Batt, managed & raised mint, beets & onions. Nearest and dearest to his heart, perhaps, were his feedlots. He loved buying long yearlings and the wheeling & dealing with ranchers to agree on a price, the fattening of his cattle, selling them (again the wheeling & dealing) and cattle auction. Harold was a member of Hillcrest CC & La Quinta CC (CA) where he enjoyed golf (he had 3 holes-in-one) and card games with his buddies. He was a member of Arid Club, served as a Director of Farmers and Merchants State Bank and was a Life Member of Caldwell BPOE.
With sheer diligence, Harold was able to divide the Roger Batt lakefront property/cabin in McCall (purchased in 1949) into 4 lots, thus enabling his brothers, sister, himself and his wife, Janice, to build their own cabins. How he enjoyed watching the children frolic in the lake! Harold married Janice Wendler in March of 1978 and they enjoyed winters in La Quinta, Ca., summers in their McCall cabin and so much more that life offered them.
Nancy Batt, Doug (Jan), Jeff (Camille) survive Harold as well as his grandchildren: Teresa Partington (Kevin), Debbie Matson (Brian), Taylor (Ross) Batt & Palmer Batt, and 5 great grandchildren: Maddie, Jack, Jenna, Patrick and Connor.
Our gratitude goes to the kind & caring Dr. Wm. Bollinger, to the loving staff at Ivy Place/Amber Lane for the past 7 months and, of late, to St. Lukes Hospice.
Services will be a private.
A memorial reception will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012, at Hillcrest Country Club from 3 to 5 p.m.
Memorials may be given to the Jenna & Patrick Foundation of Hope, One Capitol Mall Suite #670, Sacramento, CA., 95814, (www.jennaandpatrick.org) or a
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Nov. 7, 2012