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10254 W Carlton Bay Dr
Garden City, ID 83714
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Celebration of Life
Friday, Sep. 21, 2018
4:00 PM
Hillcrest Country Club
4610 W. Hillcrest Dr.
Boise, ID
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Jack Adkins


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Jack L. Adkins
1942 - 2018
Jack Adkins - known affectionately as Pa, Pops, Papa Jack, Grandpa, Cap'n Jack, Uncle Jack, Jackson, Action Jackson and Uncle - left this life unexpectedly on September 4, 2018. Born on May 8, 1942, to Don and Edna Adkins, Jack was a fourth generation Idahoan.
Jack proudly served in the United States Army Security Agency in the 1960's and covered conflicts throughout Africa and The Middle East. He had visited every state in the United States, every province in Canada, most of the states in Mexico; and many other countries around the world.
After serving as the president of his graduation class and graduating with honors from Boise State University in 1969, Jack created a successful career as a partner in an international CPA firm. He also served as an executive officer with a timber company, acted as a consultant to several major corporations and was co-founder of a national lumber company. For many years, Jack served as an executive officer and director in organizations such as the BSU Alumni Association, Boise Art Museum, Boise Capital Lions and the Idaho State Board of Accountancy.
He was a proud father to his son, Hans ("Jim"), by his first wife, Bonnie, and equally proud father-in-law to Allison and grandfather to Rob and Madison.
His life bloomed and expanded when he met his wife, Phyl, through mutual friends. Not only had he found the one who made his life complete, he embraced an extended family and warmly welcomed Phyl's adult children, Michael and Meredith. When Meredith married Ryan, he was delighted to have a son-in-law. Jack was a devoted and loving support to Phyl's elderly parents, George and Millie, a role he cherished.
Known as a compassionate, warm hearted, caring, helpful, kind and generous man, Jack was deeply committed to his blended family and to his friends. His wonderful hugs and easy laugh were his signature. A collector of recipes, Jack loved cooking for and entertaining family and friends. His home was full of joy, love, laughter and good wine.
In his retirement years, Jack enjoyed traveling, cooking, fishing, bird watching and Boise State football. Mostly, he loved relaxing on the patio with Phyl and a glass of wine, while watching the various wildlife that roamed near their riverside home and planning travel adventures for after Phyl's retirement.
Jack is survived by his wife Phyl; his son, Hans (and wife, Allison); his son, Michael; and his daughter, Meredith (and husband, Ryan). He is also survived by his granddaughter, Madison; grandson, Robert (and wife, Paige); sister, Eva; brothers Bob and Neil (and wife, Rose); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Don and Edna, sister, Carol and brother-in-law Chuck.
Jack was a good man who loved life and laughter, hugged often, and greeted each day as a gift. We were not ready to lose this fine, optimistic man who brought joy to so many, and opened his heart and his home unconditionally, but our lives are forever strengthened by the gifts and lessons he brought us.
A celebration of life will be held on September 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Country Club. In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of Jack's favorite charities: The Boys and Girls Club of Ada County, the Idaho Humane Society and the War Hawk Museum. Jack was interred, with military honors, in a private ceremony at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.
Please bring a written favorite memory of Jack to the Celebration of Life so that a memory book can be completed for the family.
Please visit Jack's memorial webpage online at www.bowmanfuneral.com.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Sept. 16, 2018
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