March 5, 1922 to January 11, 2014
Edgar Merlyn Lukens was born on March 5, 1922, in Pasco, Washington. Ed grew up in Craigmont, Idaho, graduating from high school in 1940. His favorite sport when in school was basketball, he served as the team's captain. He also played trombone in the band. He attended the University of Idaho until his studies were interrupted by World War II. During his final leave from the Navy he returned home and married Geraldine Simpson on December 29, 1945.
Ed began married life in Moscow, Idaho, where he finished his bachelor's degree in Architecture. He remained at the university as a teacher for one year, and then went to work for U.S. Gypsum Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. The family moved to Boise, Idaho, in 1951, he was later transferred to Portland, Oregon.
In about 1955 Ed began working as a life insurance salesman for Mutual of New York and moved his family back to Boise. Ed began management duties for MONY and was transferred to Oakland, California in 1962, and soon on to Bakersfield, California. The family remained in Bakersfield until Ed retired from MONY in 1982.
Later in 1982, Ed and family returned to Boise for the third time, where he established a single-person business doing what he truly loved - woodworking and cabinet-making. He also loved taking RV trips across the country, family reunions, and enjoyed playing handball, golf, pool and especially bowling. While in Boise, Ed was an active member and volunteer at the University Christian Church.
In 2010 Ed, his wife and oldest son moved to Seaside, Oregon. Ed passed away on January 11, 2014, from complications related to aging and dementia. Ed was cremated and internment will be at a later date at the Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Jan. 23, 2014