John H. Aspitarte, 94, formerly of Boise, Idaho, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family at his daughter's home in Roll, Arizona on, March 4, 2014. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, March 11th at 9:30 am. at Sunset Vista Funeral Home. He was born September 3, 1919 in Gooding, Idaho, to Domingo and Rafaela Alberdi Aspitarte.|
John worked through his school years on the Basque family farm, herding sheep and cattle and putting up hay. After graduating from high school, John worked several different jobs to put himself through college. He received his teaching certificate from Albion State Normal School in 1941.
A proud Army veteran of World War II, John served in six campaigns throughout Europe acting as a sharpshooter and radar technician and was very honored to have served his country. Following the war, John had many adventures traveling the world, finally settling down in Boise, Idaho in 1946. In 1950 he married Lois Attebery, whom he loved and cared for 49 years, until her death in 2000. John was a member of the National Guard and had a long and successful career with the Veteran's Administration where he made many lifelong friends during his 35 years there. John was proud of his heritage and was very involved in the Basque community looking forward to reminiscing with friends and family every summer at reunions in Gooding and Boise.
John retired in 1976 and dedicated his time to his family. John was a devoted father and grandfather who loved unconditionally. He spent every minute he could hunting or fishing with his son, Jim or chauffeuring his daughter, Bobbi around. He was their number one fan and attended anything and everything they participated in or were involved in. He also became good friends with his children's peers and remained friends with them throughout his life. In John's eye, there was nothing that his children could do wrong and his grandchildren could not have asked for a better playmate.
In 1994, John relocated to Wellton, Arizona, where he loved spending time playing golf, watching his grandchildren grow and playing his harmonica to many a captive audience. It was there also, that he met and fell in love with Joann, who he loved and treasured each day for the rest of his life. John was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor and he never knew a stranger. John lived every moment to the fullest.
John is survived by his loving companion, Joann Sandstede; sister Juanita Sain of Lima, Ohio; brother, Ed Aspitarte of Ontario, Oregon; daughter, Bobbi (Mike) Blohm; three grandsons, Fred Blohm, Spencer Blohm, and John David Aspitarte; three great grandchildren; and Joann's daughters, Julie Sandstede, Anita Sandstede-Wicks and Dorothy Stephens.
He was preceded in death by parents, Rafaela and Domingo Aspitarte; his wife, Lois Aspitarte; son, Jim Aspitarte; two brothers, Joe Aspitarte and Tom Aspitarte and three sisters, Jesse Acorda; Mary Stewart and Gloria Tribble.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to The Basque Foundation, 601 Grove Street, Boise, ID 83702 or Hospice of Yuma, 1824 S. 8th Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364.
Take good care Papa, we love you ...
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Published in The Yuma Sun on Mar. 9, 2014