David Michael Carney
David Michael Carney passed away on May 29, 2017, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, surrounded by his loving family. Dave was born on September 23, 1969, in Boise, ID, and was on the go from day one. His passion for year-round outdoor life bloomed early in childhood, starting with summer family camping trips and winter weekends flying down the ski slopes of Bogus Basin. His grace on skis was unsurpassed by any in his family, and by the age of 16 he started working as a ski instructor at Bogus Basin. After high school Dave explored living in Southern California, and graduated in 1994 with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Dave returned to Boise, continued working as a ski instructor and spent a few years working at Peter Schott's. There, he met his future wife, Katherine Hamilton, and their courtship included long walks in the woods with three dogs. They married in 2001, and had two sons, Duncan and Jacob.
For the past 17 years, Dave spent his summers working as a wildland firefighter for the Forest Service, rappelling out of helicopters, fighting fire, and training others to do so. In winter, he worked at Bogus, as a widely-respected, patient, and sought-after ski instructor. He was always available to train any family member, too, and his boys, nieces and nephews all benefited from his cheerful, patient instruction.
Dave was an incredibly loving and dedicated father to Duncan and Jacob. He lived every moment to the fullest with them, and instilled in them his enthusiasm for an active life. The family spent hours biking, camping, skiing, and fishing. Dave devoted time to homework help, too, and supporting the boys' many interests. He rallied the whole family to tackle home tasks, knocking things off the list with efficiency, hard work, and determination. This willingness to give time and effort went beyond his immediate homelife, as he often spearheaded efforts to help extended family.
Dave had a generous, kind, mischievous, honest and courageous spirit. As a man of few words, he made them count -- dropping hilarious one-liners with perfect timing. He was fully present in his own life, and in the lives of those he loved, and will be deeply missed.
In addition to his adoring wife Katherine Carney and beloved sons Duncan (14) and Jacob (12), Dave is survived by his proud parents, Kathy and Michael Carney of Boise, devoted siblings Kelly Lavan (David, Ruth, and Alice) of Evanston, IL, Jason Carney (Michele, Quinn, Ellie, and Jane) of Boise, Melinda Miller (Jonathan, Emma, and Ollie) of Portland, OR, and his loving in-laws, Carl and Lynell Hamilton of Nampa, ID, and Carl Vern Hamilton of Boise, ID.
A Viewing and Visitation will be held for family and friends on Friday June 9, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Boise Funeral Home (8209 W. Fairview Ave. Phone 322-3999). A Memorial Service will follow on Saturday June 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Rockies Church (717 N 11th St Boise 83702) A Reception will follow the Memorial Service at 2563 E Bernice Dr Meridian 83646 with additional parking at River Valley Elementary School. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Recreation Unlimited, the adaptive snowsport school at Bogus Basin (recreation-unlimited.org/donate
), or to the charity of your choice