Allen Ray Mabe, 76, of Boise, Idaho, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at his home following a courageous lengthy health battle. He was surrounded by family and loved ones.
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Allen was born and raised in Emmett, Idaho, the fourth child of Virgle and Jennie Mabe. He spent his formative years growing up in Emmett on a fruit orchard living the life of "Beaver Cleaver."
He attended Emmett schools where he excelled in football and other sports. He later attended Boise Junior College in the vo-tech program of construction, getting his degree. While at Boise Junior College he played football and was on the winning team for the Tator Bowl in Compton, Calif., in 1954. This same team still today tells stories of later playing with the Green Bay Packers. They so significantly have been labeled the "Liars Club."
Allen dug up everyone's back yard and gardens and created thousands of homes throughout the valley. He was self-employed and provided work for many families. Later in his business career he learned the valuable life lesson of making more money with his head rather than his hands.
Allen's first marriage to Roberta gave him his two precious children, Sue and Steve. It was his later marriage to Judy that gave him the ability to enjoy his wonderful grandchildren and time to devote to his children.
He was an El Korah Shrine member and continued yearly to support all their projects and was a Master Mason with Idaho Lodge #1.
Although Allen was not an active church member he had a relationship with God. He was ready to go to heaven and start development of a "shooting range." He had a passion for shooting, building scooters and antique motorcycles and collecting anything.
He loved to entertain friends and family around his table over the love of a good meal and a Judy game.
He leaves the love of his life, Judy; a son, Steve Mabe and wife Teresa; a daughter, Sallena (Sue) Pool; children through marriage, Suzie Heimbigner and husband Chad and John Rapp; grandchildren, Toby Davis and wife Dawn, two great-grandchildren, Ariel and Lyla of Meridian, Jessica Davis and two great-grandchildren, Alyson and Jack of Groveville, Ga., Stephanie Kunkle and husband Dayna of Beaverton, Ore., Jeff Mabe and Kristine of McCall, Jacob and Nicholas Heimbigner of Spokane, Wash. and Sofia Bahruth of Boise. He is also survived by his sister, Audrey Gratton of Meridian and numerous cousins and a special niece, Lynett Waddell and family of Roseburg, Ore.
In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Dale Mabe and Lynn Mabe.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. A reception will follow the interment service at the Emmett Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Potter Chapel.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his name to Camp STIX, P.O. Box 8308, Spokane, WA 99203. Camp STIX is a summer camp for children with type 1 diabetes.
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from Feb. 11 to Mar. 11, 2013