William D. Harper
December 26, 1928 -- June 29, 2013
Bill Harper was born December 26, 1928 in Oakley, Idaho and was the fifth of six children of Seth and Lillian Harper. He attended school in Burley until after his sophomore year when his family moved to a ranch in Shoshone where he graduated from high school. He was a very good athlete in school and made all the varsity sports teams as a sophomore. He fondly recalled his days on the ranch and the times spent working hard irrigating and putting up the hay and he loved his time roaming the Black Buttes on horseback and rounding up the livestock.
In January of 1947, he joined the Air Force and was sent to San Antonio Texas for boot camp and later to Cheyenne Wyoming to engineering school. He was then stationed at Waller Field Trinidad to help build an extension on the runway so they could land B 29s. He was then sent to military police school and served the rest of his military time in Panama riding Motor Cycle escort for General Willis B. Hale. After an honorable discharge, he traveled to Boise, Idaho where his parents lived. In March of 1951, he started working for Mountain Bell. He met and married his wife of 61 years, Jean Brown in 1952. In 1954 Mountain Bell sent them to Phoenix, Arizona where they had two children, Ted and Dani. And in 1963, he received his transfer back home to Boise.
Once back in Idaho, Bill bought a pickup and camper which started him and his family on the road to exploring Idaho. He spent every weekend and vacation he could trying to learn every nook and cranny of his beloved state. He spent a lot of time fishing and hunting, water skiing and snow skiing with his family.
After his military time, he always had a passion for motorcycles so he purchased a big red Harley Davidson and he and mom went on many cross country trips throughout the United States and Canada.
After several promotions, he was able to build a new home in Meridian and lived there until he retired from Mountain Bell in 1983. The next spring he took up the game of golf as a full time hobby and excelled at the sport. He won many tournaments, among them being Club Championship and Idaho State Seniors Championship twice, once as a senior and once as a super senior. He continued to golf three times a week until his health would no longer permit it.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Jean, who took especially good care of him as his health declined, and his son Ted and wife Janet, and daughter Dani and husband John. He also leaves behind four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren: Sara and Mike Hessing (Gavin, Griffin, Gunner and Gabby), Amy and Jared Ramsey (Adilynn), Scott and Sarah Pearman (Jaxson and Madyson), and Chad and Kate Pearman (Avery and Harper). He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Vaughn, Joe and Jack, and sisters, Emily and Norma.
Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 5 at the Autumn Faire Ward LDS chapel, 1985 N. Black Cat Road in Meridian. A viewing will be held at the church from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. prior to the services. Interment will be at the Meridian Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa (467-7300).