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William "Trey" Knipe

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William "Trey" Bernard Knipe III
1951 ~ 2013
Trey Knipe, 62, passed away surrounded by loved ones in his home on October 24, 2013, following a courageous journey with cancer. He approached death, just as he did life, with honesty and dignity.
Trey was born in Boise on February 15, 1951, the third child of William B. Knipe and Barbara Burroughs Knipe. He graduated from Capital High School in 1969 and attended the University of Idaho where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.
He was well known as a mischievous boy, natural athlete, astute businessman, great friend, father, brother, uncle and partner. Though our family jokingly carried on a comment from his third grade report card stating he was an "average" boy, the truth is he was remarkable.
His strong leadership skills were evident from an early age—from leading his siblings into situations with consequences to spearheading the renovation of the family cabin to starting his own business. Trey was the founder of the ACBS: Payette Lakes Chapter and a driving force in the revival of wooden boats on Payette Lake.
Professionally, his appraising career began in 1976 at Mountain States Appraisal in Boise. Over the next several years, his career took him to Alaska, California, and Florida, before returning to Boise in 1993 to be closer to his beloved McCall and family.
That same year, he opened an appraisal company, Knipe & Knipe, with his brother Brad Knipe, eventually merging into Knipe Janoush Knipe (IRR Boise), which remains a prominent appraisal company in Idaho. Trey's designations include MAI, SRA, member of the Appraisal Institute, Idaho Certified General Appraiser, Idaho Real Estate Broker. He is widely respected for his work with the Idaho Transportation Department, private clients, and the National Park Service. Through his work with the National Park Service, he cultivated his love for historic lodges and the outdoors.
His love of everything wood and avid appreciation of craftsmanship were evident in every aspect of his life. McCall, rowing, wood boats, skiing, golfing, photography, carpentry, the cabin, and his family were among his many passions.
During the last few years of his life, Trey embraced a spiritual path and became endlessly curious about the wonders and mysteries of the universe. The embodiment of acceptance, compassion, and love led to a harmony in his life that became a catalyst for growth to many.
His strong presence, influence, and sense of humor left an indelible impression on everyone he encountered.
Trey is survived by his partner Shelly Halling and her daughters Elizabeth and Addison; his children, Brian Knipe (and his mother Donna Nelson), Jayme and Katie Knipe (and their mother Kit Waters); his grandsons, Alex and Jack Knipe, and Jordan Dent; his siblings, Karen (Bill) Eccles, Kathy (Jim) Shrosbree, Kelly (Tim) Walton, Curt Knipe, Brad (Amanda) Knipe, Quentin (Cathy) Knipe, and John (Janey) Knipe; his stepmother Diane Knipe; his uncle and aunt, Ham and Judy Burroughs, and his uncle, Dave Davison, along with his many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the following organizations: The St. Luke's McCall Foundation, in honor of Trey Knipe, 1000 State St. McCall, Idaho 83638 or visit (funds raised will be used to engage the community in rowing for improved health and wellness); The Payette Lakes Chapter, ACBS, Bobby Lawrence, 1824 N. 19th St. Boise, ID 83702 (funds raised will be used for the The 10th Annual and Trey Knipe Commemorative Payette Lake Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show in McCall, Idaho); The Idaho Food Bank on their website (donations will feed "healthy appetites" statewide).
A Celebration of Trey's Life will commence at 1:30 PM, Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Barber Park Event Center, 4049 Eckert Road, Boise.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Trey's memorial webpage at

Published in Idaho Statesman from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, 2013