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Denver Ray Bear
February 19, 1949 - June 22, 2017
Denver Ray Bear, 68, passed away in his Nampa residence on Thursday, June 22, after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Denver was born on February 19, 1949, in Bishop, California, and was the youngest of nine children. His family called him Denny Ray and that name stuck with him long into adulthood, much to his dislike.
At the age of six, Denver was in a severe car accident and not expected to survive. To everyone's surprise though, Denver recovered. While he did sustain some injuries that he had to live with for the rest of his life, he never let his disabilities keep him down.
In 1983, shortly after surrendering his life to the Lord Jesus, Denver married Catherine Marie Denham. They remained married until Denver passed away and would have celebrated 34 years of marriage in October.
Denver pursued a career in mining, which led him away from Bishop. He worked for mines in Nevada, California and Idaho. Around the age of 50, Denver left the mining industry to become a student at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, ID. He completed an associate degree in Water Resource Management and then moved to the Treasure Valley. Denver finished out his career at the Eagle Sewer District and retired in 2014.
Denver was active in his church, Christian Faith Center, and particularly enjoyed serving in the prison ministry. He will be remembered for his unwavering love and devotion to his family and his steadfast faith in The Lord.
Denver was preceded in death by his: mother, Ella; father, Ottie; and siblings, Ted, David, Judy, Sally, and Helen. He is survived by his: wife, Cathy; daughters, Andrea and Sarah; sons, Russell and Aaron; siblings, Ottie, Sue, and Howard; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate Denver's life will be held on Thursday, June 29, at 11:00 AM at the downtown campus of Christian Faith Center, also known as the Sandstone Event Center (404 12th Ave. S., Nampa, ID 83651). Pastor Jordan Hodges will be presiding over the service.

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Cremation Society of Idaho
5541 West Overland Road
Boise, ID 83705
(208) 322-3590
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 28, 2017