Jefferey "Jeff" Novak, our beloved husband, father, brother and friend, passed on to his heavenly reward on June 8, 2008, after being diagnosed with brain cancer in April 2008.
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Jeff was born on Nov 5, 1949, to Bayard and Doris Novak in Boise. He graduated from Meridian High in 1968. He was first employed by Terminal Ice (Americold) in Nampa then operated a dairy farm in Emmett for several years. He returned to work at Idaho Concrete for a short period of time, and then has worked for Interstate Electric for the past 29 years.
He married Christy Lee in 1972. To this union three daughters and a stillborn son were born. They divorced in 1987. Jeff continued to raise their daughters in Nampa. In 1996 he married Betty Jo (Jodi) Baltzor and adopted her son Daniel to be the son he always wanted to have.
Jeff was active in the Canyon County Mounted Sheriff's Posse for seven years. He enjoyed their comeradery and horsemanship. Jeff was an avid horseman and has raised Quarter Horses and Paints for the last 15 years. Jeff also was an avid hunter and enjoyed going on cattle drives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Roselie Miltimore and a stillborn son Tyler Jefferey.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years; his daughters, Heidi (Mark) Magdaleno, Kami (Scott Weibye), Kelli (Anthony Reyna), a son, Daniel Novak, three step-daughters, Toni Hale, Lisa (Jarod) Bertalotto, and Sunny Relk; sister, Kathy (Jim) Martin of St. Helens, OR; brother, Tom (Valerie) Novak of Nampa; 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jeff has lived a life of hard work, integrity, dedication, and with a great sense of humor that has touched the lives of many. The family would like to express their appreciation for the numerous friends that have offered emotional, financial and personal support during this difficult time. Our special thanks to the employees of Interstate Electric and Jeff's many friends that have come forward to make this time more bearable.
The family would like to invite all of Jeff's friends to a Celebration of his Life at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Oregon Trail Church of God, 23057 Old Highway 30, Caldwell, (corner of Old Hwy 30 and Hwy 44). Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service (10 a.m.). Lunch will be served at the Church, and then Jeff will be laid to rest at the Jordan Valley (Ore.) Cemetery at 3 p.m. for anyone who wishes to attend. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian (888-5833).
Memorials may be made to Horizon Hospice or the Oregon Trail Church of God for the generous use of their facilities.
Accent Funeral Home
1303 North Main Street Meridian, ID 83642
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 12, 2008