Nick Joseph Dyorich, 74, of Idaho Falls, passed away Friday, October 4, 2013, at his home of natural causes.
Nick was born June 7, 1939, in Windber, Pennsylvania, to John Dyorich and Mil- dred Perensovich Dyorich. He was baptized into the Greek Orthodox Church and later became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served for many years teaching and serving on both the ward and stake level.
He graduated from high school in Detroit. Nick attended Central Michigan University, where he played baseball as a pitcher.
In 1958, he ventured West for a summer logging job in Northern Idaho. While on a trip through Yellowstone National Park, he met Harriet Joyce Payne from Idaho Falls, who was working a summer job at the Old Faithful soda fountain. After a courtship and correspondence of several years, they were married October 12, 1962, and Nick became a permanent transplant, building their home and family in Idaho, Utah and various Western states as they both continued their education and careers.
Nick went on to obtain his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. He earned his master's degree in English from the University of Oregon.
Nick taught high school English in Arizona, Idaho and Utah and was also a debate coach at Bonneville High School. He also taught at Eastern Idaho Technical College for several years.
He later became a regional textbook sales representative for Allyn and Bacon, and later Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers. During this time, Nick covered Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, traveling extensively.
Nick loved to fish, and he would always have his fishing rod in his car as he traveled, stopping at streams and rivers along the way to his next appointment. He would often take his children on the road with him; they fondly remember those years wading through the brush trying to keep up with him.
Nick and Joyce later divorced, and Nick eventually worked as a literacy outreach consultant for New Mexico State University. He enjoyed teaching and was a lifelong champion of local literacy programs. With more time on his hands as he grew older, there wasn't a radio talk show he didn't have on speed dial when he was feeling up to a good debate.
Though Nick grew to love the West, he took great pride in his Pennsylvania/Michigan upbringing and fondly treasured his family, friends and the places of his childhood throughout his life.
Nick is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Clark Dyorich of Shelley, Kirk Joseph (Lisa) Dyorich of Rexburg, Matthew Nick (Rebecca) Dyorich of Idaho Falls and Johnny Drew (Cherrie) Dyorich of Arizona; daughter, Jennifer Anne (Jed) Campbell of Idaho Falls; and brothers, Joseph (Marie) Dyorich and Michael (Bonnie) Dyorich, both of Michigan. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Dyorich; a nephew, Danny Dyorich; and a niece, Jessica Danielle Dyorich.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 14, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, with Bishop Matthew Dyorich officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday, both times at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grant-Central Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, loving donations can be made to any local education foundation in his name.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.