Willard Chitwood (1925 - 2016)

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Willard Leland Chitwood
December 14, 1925 - April 9, 2016
Willard Leland Chitwood was born December 14, 1925 in Nampa, Idaho and died at age 90 at the Kindred Care Center in Weiser, Idaho.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lora and Doris Chitwood; brother, Howard; and sister, Phyllis Cronin - all of Nampa, Idaho.
Leland was raised on a farm and knew all about hard work. As a teenager he broke horses and was a farrier to make spending money. After graduating from Nampa High School in 1943, he worked at various jobs including carrying mail for the US Postal Service and one summer and fall he worked for a map-making crew in the Hells Canyon area before the three dams were built.
From 1948 to 1964 he was employed by the US Bureau of Reclamation as a power house operator at Black Canyon Dam near Emmett and Anderson Ranch Dam near Mountain Home, Idaho.
In 1950 he married Barbara Woosley in Nampa, and together they saved enough money by 1956 to make a down payment on their first cattle ranch in Garden Valley, Idaho. Several ranches and farms came to follow, the last ranch being in the Cove area near Weiser, Idaho.
He was a great outdoor enthusiast and always looked forward to hunting and fishing with family and friends. He owned several beloved horses and hunting dogs over the years.
In the present years as his health declined, he just enjoyed viewing wildlife from his deck or recliner as they would show up from time to time on Monroe Creek near Weiser where he resided.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara; many nephews and nieces; several cousins; brother-in-law, Frank Cronin; and numerous friends.
Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, 15862 South
Indiana Avenue in Caldwell, at the corner of Karcher and Indiana, at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 15, 2016. Arrangements are under the direction of Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa (208) 466-3545. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.alsipfuneralchapel.com.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 13, 2016