Gary K. Jasper
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09/28/1944 - 06/12/2014
Gary K. Jasper passed away the morning of June 12, 2014, at his Wasilla Residence with his wife by his side. Gary had been ill since February; with respiratory problems.
Gary was born September 28, 1944 to Terrell T. and Alice E. (Scrivner) Jasper.
He attended school in Wilder and Greenleaf, Idaho in his grade school years. In 1962 he graduated from Greenleaf Friends Academy in Greenleaf, Idaho. After high school he attended Boise Jr. College, Northwest Nazarene College, and the University Of Oregon. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Administration/ Elem. Educ.
Gary's teaching career lasted for 32 yrs. He taught in Nyssa, Oregon for 15 years and 17 years in Palmer, Alaska. His teaching experience covered grades 3-6, Title 7 Programs, and some administrative duties.
Gary retired in 1999 from the Mat-Su District.
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Patricia, of 31 years. Daughter: Nikki Jasper, Kimberly (Bryan) Sundquist, Sons: Tracy (Keri) Rieless, and Stephen Rieless. 6 Grandchildren: Courtney Jasper, Tory Rieless, Matthew Esplin, Dalton Conant, Brandon Sundquist and Lindsey Rieless of Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Terrell and Alice (Scrivner) Jasper and Step-Father Simon Hoadley; all of Idaho.
Gary was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying ALL types of activities, hunting and riding his six-wheeler in the back country, fishing, and snowmobiling in the cold wilds of Alaska. Many hours were spent, FLY Rod in hand, looking for a monster trout in the Kenai River.
Also, many hours were spent at a friend's cabin, during the winter, stoking the fire, watching the Iditarod, or just being outside on a long winter's weekend.
Gary and Patte enjoyed going to Las Vegas every fall to the Professional Bull Riders finals at the Thomas and Mac Arena.
Many trips were made to Oregon and Idaho to visit family and friends. One family trip to Hawaii was especially memorable.
A memorial service will be held in Caldwell, Idaho at 11 a.m. June 23, 2014 at Flahiff Funeral Chapel 624 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell. He will be interred in the family's plot in Canyon Hill Cemetery, in Caldwell, 2024 Illinois Ave. Following the cemetery service a gathering will be held at the Nampa Elks Lodge, 116 1st St. Nampa, Idaho. A "Celebration of Life" will be held in Alaska at a later date, to be announced.
Any donations may be made to Hospice of Mat-Su Regional, 950 E. Bogard, Wasilla, Alaska, 99654, or, The Salvation Army Church and Food Bank, 209 West Evergreen Ave, Palmer, Alaska, 99645.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 19, 2014
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