Roderick Arthur Stolz
1952 ~ 2014
Rick Stolz, 61, passed away August 24, 2014 at home in Boise. Rick was born September 9, 1952 to Robert K. and Martha R. "Marty" Stolz in Oak Park, Illinois. He spent much of his childhood in Holden, Massachusetts. In 1968 his family moved to Boise where he went to Boise High and later graduated from The College of Idaho.
Moving to Boise had a big impact on the Stolz family. Ice hockey was the chosen sport in Holden, but in Boise there were no ice rinks at that time. So skiing became the passion of the Stolz boys. Rick's most enjoyable days were on the ski hill. Hence his license plates were personalized with "POWDER".
Rick's work life reflected his passions in life: Dewey's Ski Haus in McCall, Brundage Mtn. Ski Patrol, Bogus Basin Ski School, Greenwood's Ski Haus, Hart Skis, Skis Dynastar, Salomon, Micron, property appraisal, and Idaho Ice World. Rick always believed the only way to live life was to the fullest, and he did. He loved life. He loved his family.
Rick married Sara Wild in 1985 at the Shore Lodge in McCall. The mountain air, whisper of the pines and quaking aspens of McCall were always a magic "happy" place for them. Together they had one son, Tommy. Tommy, like his father, liked to ski but his passion was hockey. When Rick retired in 2012, they both coached hockey at Idaho Ice World. Working with youth hockey gave Rick much joy.
Rick had many friends through skiing, hockey and school days. All these friends and family helped him through these past 6 difficult months. The calendar was full these past few months with people flying in, driving up the driveway, and calling. Visitors were constant at the Stolz house. Thank you to all who shared this time with Rick and gave their support.
Rick is survived by his son, Tommy; and his wife, Sara both of Boise; his brother, Ken of Missoula; and his brother, Huston (Becky) of Spokane.
A Celebration of Rick's Life will take place on Saturday August 30, 2014, from 3 til 6 pm at the Stonehouse on the Boise River, 709 E. Park Blvd.
Memories, condolences, and photos may be shared at www.summersfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to the Stolz Memorial Scholarship at the College of Idaho (firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-459-5168).
"The best thing about skiing backwards is you can see where you have been." ~ Warren Miller
Summers Funeral Home - Boise Chapel
1205 West Bannock Street Boise, ID 83702
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 27, 2014