David Kenneth Lachiondo
1947 - 2020
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David Lachiondo
May 29, 1947 ~ August 7, 2020
David Lachiondo passed away peacefully in the early hours of Friday, August 7, 2020 at home with his wife Patricia by his side.
Dave was born on May 29, 1947 to Julian and Lydia Lachiondo in Boise, Idaho. His sister Julie followed 2 years later and together they joined a loving and boisterous Basque family. The Lachiondo family lived on the Boise bench and on Hays street in the North End, across from St. John's Cathedral. Family members, such as grandmother, Juliana Gandiaga, and Cousins Simon Achabal and Rash Iglesias lived in the Lachiondo family's house over the years.
Growing up in the Basque community, Dave did not speak fluent English until he began attending first grade at St. Joseph's. For much of his first year of formal schooling, he ran home to see his Amuma at every recess and lunch break and had to be taken back to school under duress – quite the start for a person who eventually earned a PhD in Educational Leadership. After St. Joe's, Dave attended St. Teresa's Academy until its closing, and was in the first graduating class at Bishop Kelly High School in 1965 which was the beginning his lifelong love for the school.
After attending St. Mary's College in California and embarking on a career in education, Dave returned home to Idaho get his Master's in Counseling at Idaho State University, where he met the love of his life, Patricia Smedley. Dave succeeded in winning over his future father-in-law where others had not, with his excellent rendition of the "Beer Barrel Polka" on the accordion.
Dave and Patti married and settled in Boise where Dave continued his career in education, first as a counselor and then as vice principal at Boise High. Dave moved on to serve as the Principal of Fairmont Junior High before being called to serve as the Principal of Bishop Kelly High School. During his time at BK, Dave built relationships with staff, teachers, parents and students to help create a culture of academic excellence, community and faith. He was known as a tough disciplinarian with a heart of gold to the young people he worked with.
Dave's daughters, Diana and Alicia were his pride and joy. He instilled the values of hard work and an ethic of service in his girls and inspired them to carry on his legacy of service to community. He was overjoyed to become a grandfather at the birth of grandson Henry and subsequently, his father's namesake, Julian. He shared his love of baseball, Notre Dame and even silly jokes with his grandsons.
Dave's love for his Basque heritage was evident in his many activities within the local Basque community. He played accordion for the children's dance groups and for the Ikastola, Basque pre-school. He was a member of the Biotzetik Basque Choir and played his accordion regularly on First Thursdays at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. Dave also taught classes in the Basque Studies Program at Boise State University.
In February, Dave received the award for Outstanding Person in the Humanities from the Idaho Humanities Council.
David Lachiondo believed in the power of a good hug, a bright smile and an endless commitment to bettering his community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Lydia Lachiondo, his aunt and uncle Carmen and Lou Dobaran, his father-in-law Russell Smedley and his nephew Drew Noble. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his daughters Diana (Roger Turcotte) and Alicia, his grandsons Henry and Julian, his sister Julie (Mark) Lliteras, sister-in-law Ginger (Scott) Noble, brother-in-law Tim Smedley, mother-in-law Jane Smedley, nephews Jeff (Katie) and Scott Lliteras and family, niece Danielle (Jacob) Williamson, cousin LuAnn (Mike) Stone as well as many other relatives in both the US and the Basque Country.
Due to current health concerns, a private vigil and funeral service will be held for close family and friends. The funeral Mass will be streamed at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 14th; the YouTube link will be available at www.bk.org. A public Mass will be celebrated at a later date, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to either the Lachiondo Family Scholarship fund at the Bishop Kelly Foundation, 7009 W. Franklin Rd, Boise, 83709, or the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, 611 Grove St. Boise, Idaho 83702.


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Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 11, 2020.
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33 entries
November 6, 2020
Mr. Lachiondo was a teacher of mine at Garces in the early 70s. I have wonderful memories of him. He was a very energetic man and a wonderful teacher. I am sorry to hear about his passing.
Phillip Jacobs
Student
September 10, 2020
David Lachiondo was well loved and appreciated within the Boise Community. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to all the Lachiondo family.
Tara O.
August 25, 2020
I feel I had a had a more complete life with the time Dave was in it. Truly a great person!
John Newlin
Classmate
August 18, 2020
I have so many wonderful memories of Dave...I can tell you this he always weighed in on the side of children and teachers. He was a true champion of education. Much love to all of you. We have lost another giant!!!
Janie Ward-Engelking
August 18, 2020
Thank you Dave for inspiring my son Cameron... he so enjoyed accompanying you with his pondero at music events...
You have touched the lives and hearts of so many others who are made better from it
God bless you, and healing caring thoughts to all of your family members.❤
Lisa Gabiola
Friend
August 17, 2020
Dave, you saved my life. My condolences to your family.
Phil Housh
Student
August 15, 2020
His love of oral traditions lives on tonight as we share stories about Dave and how he brightened our lives. He taught so many important lessons about history, the world, and how to treat each other. His star shines brightly.
Debbie Geraghty
Friend
August 15, 2020
My memories of Mr. Lachiondo will sound similar to many of his other students who have already posted here. I can't remember if he was "Dr." yet back then? He was my counselor and vice principal at Boise High. I am a member of the Class of 1981. I remember him giving you his full attention whenever you spoke - making me feel like the most important person in the room. He was always so positive and encouraging. My heart broke when I saw he had passed, but then I was flooded with memories of his kindness. I pulled out my yearbook for my senior year, and found great pictures: he was Santa Claus in one, had on a polka dot shower cap in another, and smiling that broad smile at his desk in another. Boise High has a proud history of excellent staff and teachers and Mr. Lachiondo was at the top of the list. I ran into him at Bishop Kelly many years ago, and surprisingly, he remembered me and again made me feel so important. I pray for his family and friends as you start your journey of figuring out how to live your lives without his presence. Thank you for sharing him with us for all these wonderful years.
Diane Ralphs
Student
August 14, 2020
It was an honor to know Dave. Goian bego.
Mary Araquistain
Friend
August 14, 2020
Dr. Lachiondo taught me the value of being firm, but kind. I always knew that he had high expectations for me and that he cared for me. I will never forget the power of his handshake that conveyed his caring and his anticipation that I would go forth and do the right thing. He taught me this in high school and I have attempted to carry on his concept of high expectations and kindness in the students I now teach. Thank you, Dave.
Moe Hagman BK Class of 1991
August 13, 2020
Dave was a classmate of my older brother, John DeNinno, at Bishop Kelly. I knew Dave from then as well as his work with the Basque Studies Program at Boise State where I worked in the President's Office. Dave also knew my mom Netta, when he was at Fairmont. My mom was one of the lunch ladies and she loved Dave and his wonderful sense of humor. He always had a smile on his face and was kind to everyone he met. He gave the best Basque hugs! Our paths crossed many times and I am so grateful that they did. He will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family .
Sandy DeNinno Lee
Friend
August 13, 2020
Goian Bego, David.

Your basque family with never forget you. We will always remember your smile, your great heart and your devotion for the basque community. Your legacy will remain.

Besarkada handi bat familia osoarentzako.
Iker Robles Zugadi
Family
August 13, 2020
Iker Robles Zugadi
Family
August 13, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. He was an outstanding educational law professor. We all loved his classes. Dr EB
Patt Elison Bowers
Student
August 12, 2020
Boise lost of of its shining stars last Friday. His legacy lives on in his family, his community, his music and his spirit.
Goian Bego, Dave
Damiana
Damiana Uberuaga
Friend
August 12, 2020
Goian Bego, Dave!
Blas Uberuaga
Friend
August 11, 2020
Dave was my boss at Boise High School when he was Vice Principal. Dave was a wonderful person to work with. We had some exciting times but most of the time was very rewarding and felt we both were helping kids and sending them in the right directions. He loved the kids and they loved him. It was the best and most enjoyable job I ever had and a lot of that was because of Dave. My condolences to the family.
Sandy Trocinski
Coworker
August 11, 2020
I was in Dave's graduating class at St. Mary's and have always considered him a friend. If I had one thing to say about him, I would say that he was INFECTIOUS - in his smile, his humor, his intelligence, compassion, integrity, unbridled joy for life and his heritage. If you knew Dave, you loved and respected the guy. If you knew Dave, you and your life were better for it.
Frank C. Seidl
Classmate
August 11, 2020
Dave was my introduction to the Basque culture. I admired his kindness, his devotion to family and his ability to always see the good, even when there wasn't much good to see. I always felt welcomed wherever Dave was. I just can't imagine Biotzetik and Boise without him. Well done good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21).
Laura Simic
Friend
August 11, 2020
I have known Dave and the Lachiondo family since my family arrived here from the Basque Country in the late 50’s. There were so many wonderful times that I spent with Dave and Julie in their home on Hays street. Dave was such a kind person with had the best smile that always made you feel like his friend and so welcomed.

There were many fun trips we shared being part of the Oinkari Dancers and Dave loved to share his music with all of us. We will miss seeing him at the Basque picnics and other Basque events. My husband, Dan and I will miss him and we will always remember the wonderful compassionate person that Dave was.

May Patti and family, Julie and family find comfort in all the cherished memories they have of Dave.

Dan and Connie Amorebieta Smith
Friend
August 11, 2020
I think the biggest difference Dr. Lachiondo made was in the lives of his most troubled and/or troublesome students. Just knowing he cared even when we were sent to the office (not that that happened to me that often) reassured many who needed it most that he was in our corner.
Valerie Jung Finnigan
Student
August 11, 2020
Dave (Mr. Lachiondo) touched the lives of many students including mine and my sister, Sue Beeson Huizinga. I will always remember his enthusiasm and compassion. All my love to the family.
Judy Beeson
Student
August 11, 2020
I have known Dave since we were young children, through grade school at St. Joe's, and at St. Teresa's and Bishop Kelly. He was fun; he was kind; and he was always wonderful in every way. I especially remember him playing his accordion on the bus when the Oinkari's traveled to various places, and more recently when he played for the Basque choir. I never realized the accordion was such a maligned instrument until I was an adult! I always loved Dave's playing. You will be sorely missed, Dave.

My sincerest sympathy to Patti, his daughters, Julie-his sister, and all his family members.
Teresa Amillategui Grimm
Friend
August 11, 2020
May God bless you, Doc. My condolences to the Lachiondo family.
Katie (Schoenfelder) Gumerson
Student
August 11, 2020
Blessings to David’s extended family. I met David as a young college student and his goodness has stayed with me. I can see he lived an exemplary life.
Elizabeth Kenney
Friend
August 10, 2020
When Dave was a young, early in his career, counselor at Boise High, he took on the challenge to be the advisor for the Key Club, a service club under the direction of a local Kiwanis club, at the high school level. With his enthusiasm to teach the students the importance of community service along with the benefits/riches for those who did the serving (students) he started with 7 members. In 4 years, the club grew to 57 and then the 5th year on to over 70. In the 4th year, with his diligence and guidance (and fun - not sure who had more fun, Dave or the students) the Boise High club reached the top, #1 club within the Southern Idaho/Northern Utah district, which had been dominated by two other clubs for over a dozen years. The opportunities that he created for the students in reaching out to the community, made life long results for many to be active in their communities well past High School. Where ever he went/worked he was a high beam of light in leading the students towards community service and it's benefits.

We will miss Dave tremendously. He was a life long friend to my wife and I (both students at Boise High-Class of 77'). He would always take a moment to check in with us and see what we were up to whenever we would be in his company.

Our love and prayers to Patty, Diana, Alicia, his sister Julie and his grandsons and other family members.
Pat & DiAnn (Cornwell) Adams
Student
August 10, 2020
Dave and I were buddies and student government wonks at Saint Mary’s College and he was best man at my wedding. He taught me to count to 10 in Basque...and a few cuss words. If you had asked me back then what will Dave do in life, I’d have said he’ll go back to Boise, probably teach and coach, marry a great gal and have terrific kids, become principal and be a respected leader in the education and Basque communities. (And do the accordion thing.) It was always clear what Dave was passionate about. Mainly being a good and honorable man, guiding and encouraging young people and carrying on his family’s culture and traditions. We all feel a profound sense of loss, but his life was a lasting gift to many.
Dan Whitehurst
Friend
August 9, 2020
With out Dave's integrity, love, encouragement, and support during a very difficult time in my family. My son might not have graduated. My other sons also received his support. His love of children was very apparent and if he could help them achieve their goals, he did. Even if they didn't know it was a goal. He never gave up on any child. I am forever grateful. May eternal rest grant on to him O'Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. He is with the angels. Rest in Peace.
Weslee
August 9, 2020
David was an amazing man & mentor. Integrity, fair, honest, approachable & compassionate are just a few attributes he shared with myself and others. May the Lord comfort his family at this difficult time. Rest in peace, David. You will be greatly missed.
Cathy Servatius
Coworker
August 9, 2020
Dave was a class act before most of us knew what a class act was. It was my good fortune to know him for four years at St. Mary's and also visit him during business trips to Boise decades after graduation. He was the same wonderful person then as he was in the 60's. We've lost a good one and he will be greatly missed.
John Bolduc
Classmate
August 8, 2020
I worked with Dave at Boise High School in the early 80’s. As the Boise High School SRO I had come to know Dave well. He was a man of honor and was an example to both faculty and students. He will surely be missed.
Kurt McAllister
Friend
August 8, 2020
Dave was a very generous, kind man with a passion for education. May he Rest In Peace. Condolences to the family. May your memories carry you through the grief.
Jacquelyn Hopper
Coworker
August 8, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Dave was a great mentor and he will be missed.
Tony and Susan Bertoglio
Tony Bertoglio
Friend
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