Rowe Naillon

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Rowe David (Dave) Naillon
May 17, 1936 - July 17, 2013
Rowe David (Dave) Naillon, age 77, passed away on July 17, 2013 in Nampa, Idaho. He was born on May 17, 1936 in Mackay, Idaho to Burlen Rowe and Virginia Evadna [Tewalt] Naillon. Dave grew up in various southwestern Idaho towns where his mother taught school. He graduated from Melba High School in Melba, Idaho in 1954. After high school, he worked at various jobs including as a miner at Cobalt where he met Carolyn Marie Sullivan. Dave and Carolyn were married on September 2, 1958 and he entered the Army that same year. He was stationed in Karlsruhe, Germany, and during his deployment Dave and Carolyn were able to travel and see much of Europe including Switzerland, Austria, and France. He was honorably discharged with a Good Conduct Medal, a Marksman Badge (Carbine) and an Expert Badge (Rifle). He remained a gun enthusiast and collector for the rest of his life. He worked many different jobs over his life including mining, welding, well drilling, and he ended his career with the Federal Bureau of Reclamation as a welder/mechanic shop foreman.
Dave was born with an outlaw spirit and a staunchly independent personality that often defied social customs and rules, sometimes causing consternation and concern for those closest to him, but he was also an incredibly loyal and caring man who would go out of his way to help anyone, anytime. He seemed happiest when he was doing for others and whether it was rescuing his kid sister from the top of a tree, buying groceries for a homeless man, helping someone fix their car, loaning money, or just showing up when the heavy lifting needed done, Dave could always be counted on, day or night. He also had an insatiable curiosity about the world around him and spent countless hours by himself, or with family and friends, driving around exploring the natural world. Though he enjoyed hunting and fishing, he was happiest just watching animals in their environment. Dave also loved to play poker and would play for hours, most often with family members.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn Naillon of Challis, Idaho and his children, Carrie (Robert) Seymour of Sunnyslope, Idaho; Jane Naillon of Boise, Idaho; William (Myla) Naillon of Challis, Idaho; Russell Naillon of Boise, Idaho, four grandchildren, Hannah Seymour, Blue Seymour, Wyatt Naillon, and Declan John, siblings, Patricia (LeRoy) Hunsperger; Gaye (Ted) Hunsperger; Douglas Naillon; Allen (Diora) Naillon; Aaron Naillon. He was preceded in death by his parents and two younger brothers, Jim and John Naillon.
Special thanks go out to the team at Horizon Health & Hospice, Caldwell, for their compassionate care and assistance throughout his illness, and deepest gratitude is owed to his best friend, Ed Kelly, and to his faithful dog, Ed, both of whom kept him company and made him smile up to the very end.

A memorial service will be held at Nampa Funeral Home, 415 12 Ave. S. at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2013. He will be interred at the Idaho State Veteran's Cemetery in Boise, Idaho. An online guest book may be signed at


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Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel
415 12th Avenue South Nampa, ID 83651
(208) 442-8171
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Aug. 1, 2013
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