Philip Arlen Dye
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July 04, 1934 - May 1, 2012
Philip Arlen Dye - July 04, 1934 -May 01, 2012 Resident of Caldwell, Idaho
Phil was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the only child of Lee and Gertrude Dye. At an early age the family moved to Idaho where they made their home in Middleton.
Phil proudly served in the United States Army and completed twenty four years of honorable service. In addition to all his other duties, Phil commented that two of his most favorite job assignments were being a tank commander and a map instructor both of which he took a lot of pride. His career took him on multiple tours overseas during which he received numerous service medals. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart in the Korean War. He retired as a Sergeant First Class
After his military career Phil attended Boise State University and the College of Idaho and earned his Bachelors Degree in Social Services.
Phil was a very creative entrepreneur and among his many business ventures was the creation of the tremendously popular "Worm Gett'r" worm probes.
Phil was a long time member of the Eagles Lodge in Caldwell and served in numerous positions on the board.
Phil's passion was as an advocate for sheltered animals. He befriended numerous stray animals and adopted many from the local shelter in order for them to have an opportunity to live a happy and full life. He enjoyed camping, fishing and especially BSU football
One of his many charities was CCOA, a non profit human services organization that provides many programs to assist elderly. He especially appreciated their Food for Pets program.
Each person he met he touched with his quick wit and genuine compassion. Phil had a special love for his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He had countless friends whom felt blessed to know him
Phil will be remembered by his beloved wife Marilyn of 32 years, as well as his children, sons; Terry (Carrie) and Randy (Stacy), and daughters; Kathleen Jacovino (Henry) and Mashelle Moore (Mike). Step children; daughter Kim Westby, and sons Tinker Gortmaker (Karen), Terry Gortmaker, and Shane McFadden.
Phil requested no public service and that we celebrate his life with memories of time shared together.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks for the outstanding care provided by the VA Hospital and his hard working physician teams and nursing staff, and also his exceptional nurse from Horizon Homeheath.
In Lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the following organizations: CCOA, Canyon County Pet Haven Inc., Department of Veterans Affairs programs. www.cremationsociety-idaho.com
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 5, 2012