Jeffrey (Jeff) Stanton Lang, 66, of Boise, passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
Jeff was born April 18, 1947, in St. Paul, Minn., to Shirley Villars Lang and Ellis Stanton Lang. Jeff spent his childhood in St. Paul and Denver.
On Dec. 28, 1974, he married Janet (Jan) Gamble Lang in Idaho Falls. They just celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary.
Jeff graduated from Central High School in St. Paul in 1965, where he played football and ran track. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1965 and served 13 months in Vietnam.
After his discharge, he studied at the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State until one of his professors told him of the best special-education school in the West, the University of Idaho. In 1971, he registered at the university and completed a bachelor's degree in special education in 1972. Soon after, he completed a master's degree, followed by an education specialist degree, also at the University of Idaho.
Jeff was employed by the Moscow, Idaho, school district; the Boulder, Colo., school district; Brawley, Calif., school district; and Idaho Falls school district. He retired in 2008 after 36 years serving children with special needs. In 1985, Jeff served as president of the Idaho Council for Exceptional Children.
Jeff loved being outdoors. Snow, cross-country and water-skiing, Jet Skiing, biking and boating were his passions. Camping with friends and family was also a favorite activity. For the past 27 years, the family has vacationed at Lake Pend Oreille.
Survivors include his wife, Jan Lang of Boise; sons, Tyler Stanton Lang (Jennifer Gates Lang) of Boise and Brady Alexander Lang of Portland, Ore.; grandson, Aidan Nobles of Idaho Falls; mother, Shirley Lang; brother, Tom (Susan) Lang of Ventura, Calif.; brother, Steve (Pati) Lang of Sandpoint; and sister, Linda (Paul) Schwamb of Apple Valley, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ellis Lang; and grandparents, Grace and Gerald Villars and Cleo and Everett Lang.
A celebration of life will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the family home.
Contributions may be made in Jeff's name to the Assistance League of Boise, P.O. Box 140104, Boise, ID 83714.