Joseph Walter Mrachek, 99, of Emmett, Idaho, formerly of Wendell, Idaho, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at a local assisted living center.
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Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho.
Walt was born on Jan. 23, 1915, at Chehalis, Wash., the son of Joseph William and Minnie (Savage) Mrachek. The family moved to Buhl, Idaho, in 1919 and to the West Point Community near Wendell in 1924.
He attended the Buhl, West Point and Wendell schools and graduated from Wendell High School in 1932. He attended the University of Idaho and graduated in 1938.
After graduation he taught Vocational Agriculture at Star High School, in Star, Idaho for two years and then sought a master's degree at the University of Minnesota. World War II broke out and he served for three years in North Africa and Italy with the 103rd Station Hospital, U.S. Army.
After the war, he returned to Wendell and with brother-in-law and sister, John and Margaret Newbrough established the registered Holstein herd, widely known as West Point Holsteins.
Walt was secretary for the West Point Highway District for 34 years. He was a member and past president of the Magic Valley Holstein Club and served on the board of the Idaho State Holstein Association.
He was a member of West Point Grange for over 60 years. After its closure he joined the Appleton Grange.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In 1989, Walt was named Idaho Holstein Breeder of the year and in 1991 was inducted into the Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, Josephine Mrachek, Elmina Morris, Margaret Newbrough and Mary Katherine Baxter and a nephew, John Robert Newbrough.
He is survived by nephews and nieces, Lynn Walker Newbrough of Nashville, Tenn., Mary Ann (Jack) Dodson of Emmett, Idaho, Randy (Sue) Baxter of Eagle, Idaho, Katherine (Tony) Wolff of Nampa, Idaho, James (Nancy) Morris of Moscow, Idaho and Jack Morris of Worley, Idaho and numerous grand nieces and nephews.
Potter Funeral Chapel
228 East Main Street
Emmett, ID 83617
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from Feb. 13 to Mar. 14, 2014