Marvin Dwight Chamberlain, age 62, of Twin Falls passed away Sunday April 9, 2017 in the Twin Falls Care Center following a bout with cancer. He was born August 23, 1954 in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington to Pauline E. Peterson and Lyman R. Chamberlain. Marvin was born with physical deformity of his hands which required several surgeries as a small child. Despite the many surgeries his attitude toward life was positive. When he was young the family moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho where he began his education.

While in Idaho Falls, Idaho the family bought land and built a cabin in Island Park. Marvin had many fond memories of summers spent working with family members on the cabin and enjoying the natural beauty and wildlife of the area. He was especially fond of recounting the time he and an aunt discovered a totem floating in the river by Coffee Pot Rapids. They fished the totem out and took it to the cabin, hence the name Totem cabin, and the naming of the road on which the cabin stood.

Marvin attended schools in Idaho Falls, graduating from Idaho Falls Senior High where he had been active in Band and the German Club. Marvin then enrolled at Idaho State University where he eventually graduated and began his business career. At ISU Marvin was a resident of Colonial Hall. At Colonial Hall he made many lifelong friendships. He earned the nickname, "Mama Marvin" because of his care and watching out for fellow residents. While at ISU Marvin participated in the band, student council support, and worked in the campus post office until his graduation. From the time of his graduation he was a loyal supporter of the ISU Alumni Association.

Following graduation from ISU Marvin took a position with an accounting firm in Montana. While with this firm he continued to master his skills and gain experience to eventually allow him to earn his recognition as a Certified Public Accountant, a title for which Marvin was proud.

Having attained his CPA Marvin took an opportunity to become a partner in a CPA firm in Twin Falls, Idaho. Within a few years Marvin took over the firm as sole owner of Marvin D. Chamber Ian CPA, a position he held until his death.

Marvin was independent and committed to serving his community. In his private times Marvin was an avid coin and stamp collector. Marvin's' concern for his community could be seen in his involvement, most often as treasurer, for many groups and organizations. Most notable are the American Red Cross,
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Boy Scouts of America, Camp Malibu, Kiwanis, and the Airport Road Free Will Baptist Church.

From his service to the American Red Cross Marvin recounted stories of his transporting blood to be delivered in a timely manner to help possibly save a life. Several appreciations and recognitions were given him for his service to the Red Cross.

As a member of the Elks Marvin took on many roles and positions including that of Exalted Ruler. He was honored for his service to the Elks by being named the Elk of the Year for the local lodge and at the state level, the Hall of Honor award. In addition to his local Elks Lodge he served on the Elks Hospital Board. He was also involved with the Elks Scholarship program and several youth support activities including the Boy Scout program. He supported the Elks Rehab Hospital and participated in the annual food drive to provide additional resources to the hospital. Many lifelong friendships were forged from his Elk
involvement, both locally and nationally.

Marvin had been a Boy Scout and soon found himself serving the Boy Scouts. He served as a WEBELO Den Leader and Cub Pack Master, committee member and then became Scoutmaster, another of those positions that he held until his death. He became active in the Snake River Council serving as Council Treasurer as well as a trainer and merit badge counselor. He and his troop attended Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico, a highlight of his Scouting experience. As a youth Marvin had been a Boy Scout with an Elks sponsored troop in Idaho Falls. Marvin reached the rank of Second Class Scout, but he
went no further. Later as a Scoutmaster he would recount to numerous Scouts how he wished he had gone forward to attain his Eagle Scout. He would use this to encourage them to continue toward that goal. Marvin enjoyed cooking and seemed to thrive in teaching the Cooking Merit Badge to Scouts. He has survived many meals cooked by young Scouts and encouraged them to become better cooks. For his service to Boy Scouts, Marvin was awarded the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver, and most recently the highest volunteer award the council offers, the Sentinel Award. When asked which of his volunteer roles made him proudest he thought for a moment and stated being a Scout leader because of the influence on the young men he had been able to play.

Marvin accepted Jesus as his personal savior in the Airport Road Free Will Baptist Church. His commitment was followed by his profession of faith with his baptism. Soon he became treasurer of the church as well as the Idaho Free Will Baptist Youth Camp. He also personally contributed to the camp with scholarships allowing kids to go to camp.

Through his church and family association Marvin became a volunteer with Camp Malibu, a Young Life camp in Canada. Teens from his church had attended the camp. He and family members, especially his father, would travel to Canada twice a year to open and then close the camp for the camping season.

Another of the groups Marvin valued was the Kiwanis. As with other organizations Marvin was a part of, he soon became the Treasurer of not only the local club, but several activities of the Kiwanis. He was a Key Club Advisor for Twin Falls High School. His interest in German from high school may have influenced his commitment to the Kiwanis annual Oktoberfest event. Marvin has served as club president and other offices on both the local and state levels. He was awarded the Juneau Shinn Community Service Award by the Kiwanis in recognition of his volunteer service.

Marvin has earned numerous awards, certificates, and recognitions in honor of his service to his community and nation. Many certificates and plaques line his home and office walls showing the appreciation for his tireless service. His wry sense of humor and willingness to volunteer set him apart from many.

Marvin is survived by his father, Lyman Chamberlain of Idaho Falls, ID, and his brother David Chamberlain of Sedro-Wolley, WA, and his family which include David's wife Trina and their three children Danni, (her daughter Emory), Tracy and Jeffrey. He is also survived by several cousins in Washington and Idaho. Marvin often recounted a special memory with his brother David, from a Tiger Cruise aboard the USS Carl Vinson while David served in the U.S. Navy. This gave Marvin an opportunity to both see his brother in his chosen profession and sail from Hawaii to California aboard an aircraft carrier.

A Memorial Service for Marvin Chamberlain will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 29, 2017 at the Snake River Elks Lodge, 412 E. 200 S in Jerome, Idaho. There will be a reception following the Memorial Service. Rev. Jim O'Donnell will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel. Marvin requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to either the Idaho Free Will Baptist Youth Camp or Snake River Council Boy Scouts of America. Gift's may be sent to his office, P.O. Box 25 Twin Falls, ID 83303 for disbursement.

Marvin expressed his appreciation for the many friends he has made through his involvement in activities which have enriched his life and in turn the lives of others with his church, Red Cross, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, and Elks. Three words that sum up his life view of volunteering and working with others would be, "I'll do it."

To All ldaho Elks,

The Northwest Region 1 Hoop Shoot Contest is right around the corner and I would like to encourage you to attend the competition on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. The shoot will begin at 9:00 A.M. with the 8-9 year old division and each subsequent division will begin shooting approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of the previous division.

If you would like to stay at the Headquarters Hotel, please fill out the attached form and return to me with a check made out to:
Joe Basil NW Region 1 Hoop Shoot

Please send that check to the address listed above as soon as possible. For meals, please fill out the “meals form” and return to me with your hotel registration form. The meals include the Friday night "Get Acquainted Pizza Party" beginning at 5:00 P.M., the Saturday morning breakfast at 7:00 A.M. and the Award Luncheon scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel located at 301 W 6th Street in Vancouver, WA.

We look forward to seeing you in March at this event and wish the best of fortune to the shooters from your state.

Joe Basil, Director

See the Hotel Reservation Form and the Meals Form below:

Elks Rehab
Idaho Elks Rehab awarded St. Luke’s Health Foundation a $2.15 million grant to support physical rehab services during the recent Idaho State Elks Association summer convention in Moscow. “Through the funding from this grant, St. Luke’s is helping Idaho Elks Rehab fulfill our mission of advancing physical rehab in Idaho,” said Robert Shaw, Chairman of the Board of Idaho Elks Rehab. “Providing this funding to the largest healthcare provider in Idaho will have a tremendous impact on patients needing rehab.” “This grant will allow St. Luke’s to continue to build upon the Elks’ 69-year legacy and tradition of providing exceptional physical rehabilitation services for Idahoans,” stated Kathy Moore, CEO, St. Luke’s West Region. Idaho Elks Rehab, the state project of the Idaho State Elks Association, officially made the transition last year from serving as a longtime operator of rehabilitation healthcare to a new emphasis of funding physical rehab across the state. The organization awards grants to not-for- profit rehab providers, educators and researchers throughout Idaho for state-of- the-art equipment and to support program development, staff education, and research.

For More Information, Contact Grant Jones
208-321-0030 office
208-724-3458 cell

Benewah Community Hospital $1,000 Rehab Grant Summary

Benewah Community Hospital has written a proposal for the Idaho Elks Rehab Local Lodge Grant for a total of $1,000. We will use the IER (Idaho Elks Rehab) funds to build an outdoor obstacle course. Benewah Community Hospital sees a variety of patients; though the majority of them are individuals who work in the logging industry, and also those that work in a very physical demanding occupation. These individuals work long hours, through rough terrain, life heavy machinery, which requires a lot of physical stamina. Because of this, the facility’s Physical Therapy Department sees a variety of patients with varying degrees of injuries. Our goal is to help individuals return to the workforce in a short amount of time. In order to do this, our facility is in need of an environment that closely resembles the patients work environment. Currently, our budget does not hold out for this type of opportunity. Our facility would like to build an outdoor obstacle course that would strengthen their ability to return to work without further injuries. This environment would have equipment such as:

  • Half of a car to assist the patient’s in relearning the skill of getting in and out.
  • A set of chains with a spare tire. Most loggers have to throw chains over tires, or over parts of their truck. In order to do this, patients need to strengthen the muscles to continue doing this exercise.
  • Ramps at certain inclines built out of wood, with railings on either side to assist any patient in the strengthening and rebuilding of their muscles.
  • River rocks spread throughout a designated area for patients to practice walking on an uneven surface. Most of our patients despite their occupation, have to relearn the skill of walking on an uneven surface, especially with weakened muscles.
  • A balance beam or a large log to assist with the skill of stepping over large objects.

Again, most of our patients are in an environment where walking over large, uneven terrain becomes very difficult when you’ve had an injury & need to relearn the skill that once was second nature.

This outdoor obstacle course is a rich component for our Physical Therapy Department and something we will greatly benefit from. With your funding, it is important to us that we help our patients return to work with reduced injury & quicker recovery time.

Benewah Community Hospital $10,000 Community Rehab Grant Summary

Benewah Community Hospital helps many types of patients; however being a Critical Access Hospital in a Rural setting, we have an increased percentage of patient’s who work in the logging industry. Loggers endure 12 plus hour shifts, in all different types of terrain and weather. Mill workers physically operate heavy equipment with repetitive physical demands. In short, our patient’s require lots of physical stamina and strength. Our facility’s Physical Therapy Department sees a large majority of patients that have timber related injuries. BCH’s goal for our community is to create the best possible treatment plan, with the quickest recovery time for our patients. In order to achieve this goal, we desperately desire additional certifications for our other two Physical Therapists to better serve our community. Unfortunately, our current reality lacks funding. BCH’s Physical Therapy Department currently has one physical therapist who is ASTYM certified. ASTYM is a state-of-the-art treatment process that would greatly benefit our PT Department. With additional ASTYM certified Physical Therapists, we have the ability to treat additional patients. ASTYM is a lifetime certification that stays with the Physical Therapist. We greatly appreciate all the efforts and support from such a wonderful community.

Idaho Elks Association held its State Soccer Shootout this weekend at Legacy Park here in Mountain Home. 96 children were invited from across the state with 42 able to show and compete. At the core of all Elks Youth Activities Programs is the importance of providing fun filled, productive, character building activities for our youth.

Winners are as follows:

U8 Girls:

  • 1st Place Michelle T. from Mountain Home
  • 2nd Place Cydnee R. from Idaho Falls
  • 3rd Place Aurora V. from Mountain Home

U8 Boys:

  • 1st Place Christian D. from Mountain Home won tie breaker shootout against below
  • 2nd Place Luis T. from Blackfoot
  • 3rd Place Antrim from Idaho Falls

U10 Girls:

  • 1st Place Yaniss R. from Blackfoot
  • 2nd Place Haley B. from Lewiston won tie breaker shootout against below
  • 3rd Place Macey P. from Blackfoot

U10 Boys:

  • 1st Place Xavier G. from Idaho Falls
  • 2nd Place Charlie R. from Mountain Home
  • 3rd Place Daniel S. from Lewiston

U12 Girls:

  • 1st Place Jocelyn F. from Blackfoot won tie breaker shootout against below
  • 2nd Place Ceana F. from Mountain Home
  • 3rd Place Julissa F. from Blackfoot

U12 Boys:

  • 1st Place Nick R. from Mountain Home
  • 2nd Place Kohner D. from Idaho Falls
  • 3rd Place Anthony M. from Mountain Home

U14 Girls:

  • 1st Place Taylor C. from Idaho Falls
  • 2nd Place Kinnley D. from Idaho Falls
  • 3rd Place Natalia V. from Mountain Home

U14 Boys:

  • 1st Place Juan Q. from Idaho Falls
  • 2nd Place Orlando M. from Idaho Falls
  • 3rd Place Jacob H. from Mountain Home won tie breaker shootout

Good day fellow Elk's; little information for the state soccer shootout. It will be October 3, 2015 in Mountain Home at 10:30 a.m. at the soccer fields located in Legacy Park; with awards and lunch to follow at the lodge.  Please send your top 3 in each division.  If your lodge needs overnight lodging I need to know how many rooms and the names of the adult plus child to reserve it under by September 18th.  Also all Elk's are welcome to attend and support our youth.  Please let me know if your lodge is not participating this year also. When you have an estimated head count please let me know.  Email address is: cristenaford[at]yahoo[dot]com, cell 208-761-7237 if I don't answer please leave a message and I will return it in the evening.

Chairman Cristena Ford
Idaho State Elks Soccer
4629 Old Hwy 30 (home)
325 S 3rd W (lodge)
208-761-7237 (cell)

Elk’s Lodge #2276 Mountain Home, ID held its 6th annual golf tournament this past June at Desert Canyon Golf Course.  This year’s event rose over $11,000 with the majority of proceeds benefiting local youth. Mountain Home Junior Golf was selected as this year’s primary target group and received a donation of over $5800. This money was used to purchase youth golf learning system called SNAG. This program introduces kids to golf as early as the 3rd grade. The Elmore County Special Olympics received a donation of over $2900. This is the third consecutive year that a portion of the proceeds from the golf tournament has been donated to the Special Olympics. These funds are used for training, athletic competitions, and health screenings for Mountain Home High Hopes athletes. The remaining funds raised will allow the Elks to continue its important work within the community.


Since the registration forms for the 2015 Midwinter Convention will not be available until later in August/September, here is the lodging information for the convention:

While there are many hotels in the Idaho Falls area, the host hotel, The Hampton Inn (Idaho Falls/Airport on Lindsay Blvd.), has given us the best rate. To facilitate efficient shuttle service between the hotel and lodge, we are encouraging convention attendees to stay at the Hampton. We will provide shuttle service to other hotels as availability allows, giving those who stay at the Hampton priority.

When making reservations, it is important to note the following:
1. Call (208) 523-1400 and SELECT OPTION 0 (zero) or stay on the line (do not select option 1, as this is the nationwide reservation feature). Selecting "0" or staying on the line allows you access to the local property and they will be able to make your reservation.
2. Mention "State Elks Convention" for the convention rate ($94 plus applicable taxes per night for one king or 2 queens).
3. Convention rates are only good until October 15, 2015. After October 15, the rate may be higher.

Included with each room, is a full hot breakfast, pool, hot tub and business center available 24 hr/day. The amenities in all rooms include: hair dryer, microwave, small fridge, coffee maker, iron and ironing board. Rooms with roll-in showers and handicap accessible tubs are available; please specify when making reservations.

If you have other questions, please call Paula Fackrell (Convention Co-Chair) at (208)681-6838.

Mountain Home Elks throwing out the first pitch at the season opener of the Cal Ripken Jr. jamboree plus raising donated flags.