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Manuel Vega Palacin


1945 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Manuel Vega Palacin
1945 - 2018
Manuel Vega-Palacin, 72, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep Tuesday, February 6, 2018. His loss will be deeply felt among his beloved friends and family. Manuel is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Pamela Myhre and their son Daniel Vega-Myhre of San Diego. He is also survived by brothers Hector Vega and Eric Vega, sister Ivette Palacin, nieces/ nephews Aolani George, Cheri Buckhout, Mikhail Buckhout, Leigh Buckhout (Ashley), Lisa Vega, Kirsten Vega, Gabriela McFadden (Matt), Erik Vega, Juliana Myhre, Camille Myhre DeGabrielle (Ketch), Alex Ayala-Palacin and extended family too numerous to mention. Manuel was preceded in death by his parents, Luisa Palacin and Manuel Vega Gonzales, stepmother Queta, and sister Bruni Buckhout.
Manuel was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in 1945. The first of five children, he was a loving big brother to all of his siblings. In 1955 his family immigrated to New York City, where he grew up in West Harlem and the South Bronx. He earned a bachelor's degree from Hunter College CUNY in 1968. Manuel learned Portuguese and served as a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in Brazil, where he also did doctoral research. He pursued his master's degree and PhD in Political Science from University of Texas, Austin, where he graduated in 1982. During his studies in Austin, he met Pamela Myhre in 1979. Together they cultivated what would become a lifelong relationship. Manuel and Pamela married in 1986 and had their son Daniel Vega-Myhre in 1993. They relocated to Boise, Idaho in 1997 to raise Daniel close to family.
Manuel worked in finance for the FDIC in Houston, as well as IDX Pathology and Glenns Ferry Health Center in Idaho. He was a passionate scholar with a lifelong interest in political science, geopolitics, Puerto Rican history, anthropology, Christian theology, and physics. Manuel loved traveling, reading, genealogy research, hiking, and music- but most of all he loved his family and friends. He was as dear a man as ever lived.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church 2206 N. Cole Rd., Boise, ID 83704 followed by a celebration of life at 11:30 am. Internment immediately following at Morris Hill Cemetery, 317 N. Latah. Reception following at 906 N. Houston Rd., Boise, ID 83706. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to VOCES Fundacion for Puerto Rican hurricane relief efforts. (www.vocesfundaciontopymamery.com)
Special thanks to the wonderful friends and family whose outpouring of love and support have made this terrible time bearable, especially Mickey & Gloria Myhre, Patrick & Barbara Myhre, Juliana Myhre, Camille & Ketch DeGabrielle, Bryan & Kathy Whipple, and Gail Franklin. Services are under the direction and care of Summers Funeral Home, Ustick Chapel. 208-898-0642. Please visit www.summersfuneral.com to leave memories and condolences for the family.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Feb. 11, 2018
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