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Daren McIntier passed away March 3rd, 2018 following a long illness. Daren was born June 26, 1934 in Lyman, Idaho to John Wayne and Rhoda Louise (Hall) McIntier. On June 12th, 1954, he married Norma Hayes. Daren served in the U.S. Air Force for 8 years. Following that, he went to work for Mountain Bell. He worked for Mountain Bell, US West, and Quest for 40 years. Following his retirement, he drove school bus for the Boise School District for 15 years. Daren was a long time member of the Boise Elks Lodge 310.
He is survived by his wife Norma, his children Pam (Dennis) Lawson, Lance (Toni) McIntier and Sandy McIntier, grand children Dustin (Dixie) McIntier, Heather (Derek) Jackson, Brandon (Emily) McIntier, Shawn (Jessie) McIntier, Darryn Shipley and 6 great grand children. He is also survived by a brother Dennis McIntier and sister Dawn (Kay) Thurman. He was preceded in death by a grandson Travis McIntier.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, March 8th at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel. A committal service with military honors will follow at 11 a.m. at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday (today), March 7th at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.

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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."

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Richard Fielding Checketts, 78, died Sunday, August 21st, 2016 peacefully his sleep at home.

Richard was preceded by his grandparents, parents, sister Marsha, brother-in-law Rick, his son Richard, his infant daughter Tracy, and many aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his daughter-in-law Cheryl, his daughter Penney and her boyfriend Mike, his son Paul and his wife Carren, his grandchildren Athena Murray, Christopher Gaff, Alaxma Perez, Dusten Rehwalt, Jeffery Checketts, Ricky Checketts, Jason Checketts, Joseph Bruegeman, Cheyenne Gloe, Brittanie Checketts, his great-grandchildren Tristan Murray, Ashlyn Murray, Aiden Poole, many close friends and relatives, as well as countless other “adopted” children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren throughout the area.

Born April 3rd, 1938 in Ogden, Utah, to Jeanne and Lamar Checketts, Richard had a joyous and memorable childhood, but he sought to broaden his horizons when, in August of 1955, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. His view of the world, though, would soon be eclipsed, as he met his partner, soulmate, and love of his life, Barbara, while learning to become an Integrated Avionics Specialist at Scott AFB. Barbara Little became Barbara Checketts on September 12th, 1956, when the two were joined in marriage in Saint Charles, Missouri. They were blissfully married for almost 60 years, had two sons, Richard Lee and Paul Riley, and two daughters, Tracy Jeanne and Penney Marie.
In Richard’s early life, he frequently worked on his Aunt Jo’s ranch, where he developed his lifelong love of animals. After joining the Air Force, Richard attended basic training at Park’s AFB, near San Francisco and then technical school at Scott AFB, Illinois, where he met his wife, Barbara. Together, they moved around the world, their children in tow, moving first to RAF Wethersfield, England, then to Los Angeles Air Force Station, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, Clark Air Base in the Philippines, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and nallyon to Mountain Home AFB in the winter of 1968. Soon after arriving in Idaho, Richard was sent overseas to Thailand in support of the Vietnam War, but he eagerly returned, and finished out his career with his family.

After serving his country for 22 distinguished years, Richard retired in February of 1977, choosing to remain in the town he came to call home. A few years before leaving the military, he and Barb opened two businesses, drawing from their passion for animals, and Richard’s knowledge of electronics. The Marquee Pet Store and the Marquee Electronics Repair Shop, were located in the heart of downtown Mountain Home for over 7 years. In 1976, while still serving on active duty, Richard joined the Mountain Home Police Department Reserve program in order to continue to serve the community he so loved. In 1979, Richard made the transition to full-time police officer, serving first as a Patrolman, then as a School Resource Officer, Detective, and eventually Lieutenant. Richard retired his badge in 1998, completing another 22 years of service to the public, but his dedication to the community did not stop there.

During Richard’s time with the Police, he also helped his wife, Barbara, operate the Elmore County Ambulance Service, and served as an Advanced EMT. He was a little league coach, and was also highly active with the Scouts, assisting whenever he could with Troop 57, where his leadership and dedication were recognized when he was inducted into the Brotherhood of the Order of the Arrow. He was a member of the American Legion for 12 years, and was an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks for 33 years, serving as Exalted Ruler between 1998 and 1999. He oversaw various community service programs, including fulfilling role of Chairman of the Elks scholarship committee, which awards scholarships to graduating Seniors. Even after retiring from the Police, he continued to aid his community by volunteering as a substitute teacher, and serving as a Trustee on the Mountain Home school board for 8 years, in an effort to further the prospects of our community children.

Richard was a wonderful, loving, caring husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He was an active leader in our community, and took great pride and joy in all aspects of his life. Particularly, though, he would often reminisce about working with the area’s youth, and how, years later, he would hear them tell stories about how his interest and concern for them helped turn them around at a critical point in their lives. He will be remembered dearly, and missed by all who knew him.