Jack Hunt

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Jack D. Hunt
July 4, 1930 - December 28, 2016
Jack Dean Hunt age 86 died on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at home of natural causes surrounded by family and friends who had come for an after-Christmas carol sing-a-long. Jack, the youngest child of Lois Bason and Frank Hunt, was born July 4, 1930 in Caldwell. His childhood was difficult as his mother died when he was 1 1/2 years old and the family moved often. He attended Dixie Red Top, Pleasant Ridge and Huston Elementary Schools in rural Canyon County. His older sister Ferne (and later with her husband Irvin Corning) provided stability as did his stepmother Velma Faulks Hunt.
Music was a lifelong interest. At Caldwell High School, Jack organized a 15-piece jazz band that played for dances locally and traveled to McCall and Twin Falls for their senior proms. At the 50th Class Reunion, he received a plaque as the Outstanding Musician of the 49ners. He joined the 25th Army Band in 1948 and served at Camp Kilmer, N.J., and in the National Guard at Gowen Field. He graduated in music education from The College of Idaho in 1958 and taught at Homedale, Middleton, Kuna, Melba, Marsing, and Nyssa schools until he followed his interest in mutual funds and investing. He served as choir director at Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church for eight years and also sang for many years as well as being the church custodian/grounds keeper for 20 years. Continuing in music in his retirement, he played saxophone at basketball games in the Alumni Pep Band.
In 1959 Jack married Sylvia Runions, a College of Idaho graduate from Idaho Falls, who was his piano accompanist. He was a devoted father to their children Anthony John and Mary Louise. The family which often included Sylvia's mother, Charlotte Runions, enjoyed travel which was never possible in his youth. He was happy to see his children and four grandchildren flourish. He is remembered for his sly wit and kindnesses as well as for his flowers and can-do attitude.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother, siblings Ferne Hunt Corning, Doug and Guy Hunt, his step-siblings Carole and Bill. Surviving him are Sylvia, his wife of 57 years, his half-sisters Faye Lozensky of Kent, Wash., and Idaho City, and Jean Dorau of Boise, his children Anthony (Carolyn) of Elkhart, Ind., Mary (Jodie Huntley) of Las Vegas, Nev., and grandchildren Zachariah, Killian, Silas, and Ren Hunt in Elkhart.
Donations in his memory may be made to The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, Idaho 83605. "A Celebration of Life" for friends and family will be held in the neighborhood around July 4th, his birthday. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
Prepared by his wife, Sylvia Hunt, with consultations from family members.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 4, 2017