Sherman L. Akers, 81, of Pocatello, passed away on December 11, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was born February 24, 1938 in Fort Hall, Idaho to William and Martha Francis Frasure Akers. Sherm grew up on the family farm in Fort Hall and attended Tyhee Elementary, Alameda Junior High, and graduated from Poky High in 1956. After high school, he attended the University of Idaho and Idaho State University and completed his degree in Business. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. Sherm married Donna Gaved in 1958, and they recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.
Sherm started his long, illustrious career in the electrical distribution industry with Electrical Contractors Supply in Pocatello. In 1980, he along with his wife Donna established D&S Electrical Supply Company. Throughout his career, Sherm was involved in numerous organizations and served on many boards including: The State Electrical Board, Director for the Idaho Foundation of Parks and Lands, National Association of Electrical Distributors(NAED), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bannock Development, US Bank, the Chamber of Commerce, The Elks BPOE 674 as the 6th Exalted Ruler, The Elks President for the State of Idaho, and The Elks Rehabilitation Hospital board of directors.
Sherm will be remembered for being an honest, well respected businessman with a very strong work ethic. He lived out the motto "play hard and work harder". He was a mentor to many friends, employees, and his family and always inspired them to achieve.
Sherm enjoyed exploring alternate routes without asking for directions, beautifying his property, and spending time at the casino. He had a love for his llamas and any critter that needed food or water. Above and beyond all of this, his family was first and foremost.
Sherm is survived by his wife Donna, daughters Amy Anne (Eddy) Vargason, Angela Alise (Mike) Lyon and son Andrew Allen (Debbie) Akers; 7 grandchildren, Alexandria Vargason, Reagan and Garrett Lyon, Ayden and Andrew Akers, Connor and Sander Hadley. Sherm was preceded in death by his parents, William and Martha Akers; brothers Tolbert, Walter, William and Kenas; sisters Gertrude and Glenda.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the in home caregivers Esmerelda, Curria and Silvia who cared and shared through it all. A special thank you to Heritage Hospice and Cassie, Dr. LaVonne Mills and nurses Angela, Lanelle and CNA Whitney who helped to provide a peaceful passing. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made in Sherm's memory to the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital P.O. Box 1100 Boise, Idaho 83701 where he served 20 plus years on the Board of Directors.
Private memorial graveside services for the immediate family will be held and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Please share memories, photographs and condolences at www.DownardFuneralHome.com
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Published by Idaho State Journal from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15, 2019.