Jerome J. "Sunny" Otter
Sunny was called to heaven April 5, 2017 at St. Luke's hospital in Boise. He was born April 2, 1936 in Twin Falls Idaho and was the second oldest of nine children born to Bernard and Regina M (Buser) Otter.
Sunny attended grade schools in Kansas and attended High Schools in Colorado and Idaho. After four years as an apprentice Electrician he became a Journeyman Electrician, working numerous jobs in the Boise valley and finally retiring from the Eighth District Electrical Union. Sunny enjoyed playing baseball, bowling, and golfing with his brothers Paul and Mike. Sunny also enjoyed big game hunting and coaching youth baseball. Sunny enjoyed going every year in May with this brother Governor Butch Otter to cowboy round-ups in California. Sunny was the "go to guy" for any project his family or friends had, never refusing to help. After retiring, Sunny enjoyed wintering in Arizona with his partner of 20 years Betty Derr.
Sunny was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church parish, the Royal order of the Moose Lodge (past Governor) and the Elks Lodge.
Sunny is survived by his children, Jerri Lynn Miller of Boise, Lisa Otter of Boise, Phillip(Paulette) Hezeltine of Nebraska, Scott Otter of Arizona, Grandchildren, Jessica (Cary) Pahl, Tonya Miller, Michael Hibbard, Julie Otter-Torres, Kirk Haas, Katherine Lowery, of Boise, Megan, Justin (Kaylee), Jacob, Morgan and Aiden of Nebraska. Also 4 Great Grandchildren Jade, Lucas, Hailey, Lyda, He is also survived by his five sisters and three brothers, Patricia Peckham of Bothell, Wash, Deania Favillo of Caldwell, Id , Dette Sterling of Baldwin Park, Ca, Paul (Carol) Otter, Governor CL "Butch" (Lori) Otter, Michael (Karen) Otter, Linda (Steve) Fouret, Geneva (Douglas) Woods. Also, his extended family Partner Betty Derr, Bob (Jody) daughter Karylee Derr, Barbara Thomas, John Derr. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his Mother, Father, one granddaughter and three brothers-in-law.
Services for Sunny will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 811 S. Latah St. in Boise. A Rosary will be held Friday April 21, 2017 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart, followed by a Funeral Mass Saturday April 22nd 2017 11:00 a.m. Graveside will follow the Mass at Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise. A reception will follow the Graveside at the Capital City VFW Post 63 located at 8931 West Ardene St. Boise, Idaho 83709. Arrangements are with Boise Funeral Home (322-3999)
In lieu of Flowers donations in Sunny's memory, may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Boise, Id or the Idaho Humane Society.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Apr. 16, 2017.