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Willie Preacher


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Willie Preacher Obituary
Willie Preacher, 62, died peacefully Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Bingham Memorial Hospital. He was surrounded by family and friends as he made his way on his journey.
Willie was born September 28, 1952 in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Wilson and Irene Preacher. He grew up "Down Bottoms" playing with his 2 brothers and 2 sisters where they spent time as a family living with their grandmother Sarah Pokibro in their cabin and during hay season camped out along Spring Creek. 
Willie graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1970 and took classes at the University of Idaho until he started working at the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant in 1973 as an operator. Willie worked at the INEEL where he became a trainer until 1997. He was the hired by The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes as a liaison between the Tribes and the Department of Energy. Willie became director of the Tribal DOE program which allowed him to travel and serve on many committees for nuclear waste transportation and other energy issues. He took great pride in his career and respected the people he worked with.
Willie knew his talent for art at a young age, and continued to develop his skills as he drew and began oil painting under the mentorship of Gloria Dillard. 
Besides being a talented artist, Willie loved to hunt, fish, golf, and play pool. He was a skilled player around the pool table and enjoyed weekly leagues and tournaments. He served as the Fort Hall Men's Golf president for several summers and enjoyed his Sunday mornings golfing with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Irene Preacher; his sister Evelyn Wheeler; half-brother, Delbert Farmer; and half-sister Marcella Mosho.
He is survived by a half-sister, Janice Santanus; and a brother, Lloyd Preacher Sr. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot.  Following prayer service Willie will be taken  to Lenora Lavatta's residence on West Trouchot Road.  Traditional burial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Gibson Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Aug. 26, 2015
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