Eulogy for Jack Fisher

Jack Fisher was chair of the Canyon County Democrats in the late 1990s and never failed to support them.  Twice he ran for the legislature as a Democrat. His primary interest after his family, however, was the environment and wildlife of Idaho.

Jack Wayne Fisher

  May 17, 1934 – February 28, 2015

     Jack Wayne Fisher, 80, of Nampa, Idaho passed away February 28, 2015 at home with his loving wife Corrine at his side. A loving husband, dedicated father, proud grandfather and great grandfather and native Idahoan, Jack will be missed by many.   

       Jack was a proud American, he believed in what was right and strived all his life to work for the public good. From Idaho Politics and working in the Hispanic Community to serving with the Idaho Wildlife Federation and the Winter Elk Feeding Committee for Idaho Fish and Game, Jack was always working for Idaho and Idahoans.   

       Jack was born May 17, 1934 in Eagle, Idaho to Jack Orin Fisher and Margaret E. Manchester Fisher. He attended Liberty School, a small one room schoolhouse in Star, ID. Jack spent his years growing up between Star and Eagle Idaho and Seattle, Washington. Jack graduated in 1952 from Lincoln High School in Seattle and joined the US Air Force the following year. Jack was stationed at Lowry Air Force base near Denver, CO where he met the love of his life, Corrine. During this time Jack enjoyed rodeos and participated in as many as he could in his spare time. He loved the cowboy life and stuck with the rodeo circuit for several years riding bulls and bucking broncos!   

       After serving 4 years in the Air Force he joined the Hughes Aircraft Company in Venice, CA, eventually working at numerous air bases around the country. Jack and Corrine then came to Boise with their 3 children and Jack left Hughes to settle down and remain in Idaho.   

       Jack was very involved in the archery world, and joined the Boise Bowmen to gather with other enthusiasts, to shoot and hold tournaments. Archery became a favorite form of recreation for the entire family. Jack partnered in the opening of an indoor archery range on Main Street in Boise. Jack designed an electronic archery target system that would make that range operate like a bowling alley, returning the targets on tracks to the shooters for changing and scoring. It was a neat place.   

      After 15 months at the archery lanes, Jack joined the Idaho Air National Guard in 1964 and was stationed at Gowen Field. He worked his way up to a supervisory position, and was instrumental in the formation of the Idaho Chapter of the AFL-CIO, the first union at Gowen Field, and he served as its first president.

       Jack, Corrine and family lived in Boise then moved to Kuna, eventually farming 200 hundred acres, and upon retirement moved just south of Nampa.  Jack loved his family. He loved spending time with his children hunting, fishing and camping at archery tournaments and working on the farm. He loved football, he played in high school and coached Jack R’s football team and later helped his grandson Alex. He loved the Boise State Broncos and loved going to the games before they became popular!

      He greatly enjoyed his grandchildren always attending their concerts, tournaments, soccer, basketball and football games, including traveling to Washington State to celebrate important events. Whatever activity his family was involved in, he was too. From Boy Scouts to track, to FFA & 4-H livestock shows, to rebuilding old cars, Jack was there to lend a hand. He felt like his life was rich because he was able to do so many of the things he really wanted to do.

      Corrine used to call him a “Jack   of all trades, but master of none,” but the truth was he really did master just about everything he set out to do. He was very, very good at a huge variety of things, from archery to electronics, to painting and sculpture to landscaping to political discourse. A huge part of his riches in life consisted of his family.   

       Jack will be remembered as a very hard worker and a man really devoted to his wife and kids. Jack retired in 1990 after 30 of combined service in the Air Force and Air National Guard. Jack had risen to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the highest ranking enlisted designation in the Air Force.

      Retired didn’t really describe him though, he just had more time to devote to the things he loved; farming, sculpting, politics, working for wildlife preservation, and his growing group of grandchildren. Even caring for his granddaughter while her parents worked! But that’s not all, when he retired he learned to cook, and had dinner ready every evening for Corrine.   

       Jack was appointed to the Idaho Department of Fish & Game Sportsman Advisory Committee in 1998 and was instrumental in codifying the rules and regulations for archery hunting in Idaho, including the designation of various archery hunting units. He practiced his archery religiously and kept his skills sharp for many years, participating in archery leagues and hunting trips with family and friends.   

      Of the many things Jack was involved in over the years; his association with the Idaho Wildlife Federation was one of his favorites. Jack went to Washington D.C. to testify on behalf of the Idaho Wildlife Federation, for Senator Mike Simpson’s bill to expand Craters of the Moon National Monument. Jack served as President of the Idaho Wildlife Federation 1999-2004, and a true conservationist, Jack was honored as one of the 40 most important conservationists in the State of Idaho by the Idaho Statesman.   

       Jack was very talented as an artist from pencil sketches and carved wooden chickens, his talent evolved to wood carvings of mountain men and bronze statues of proud Native Americans. He had art in galleries from Boise to McCall.   

     Jack became very involved in political issues as well, and was a fixture in the Canyon County Democrats for many years–a challenging commitment in heavily Republican Idaho. Jack ran unsuccessfully for the Idaho House of Representatives two times and he wrote many articles for the newspaper and other publications championing the party platform. He served as Canyon County Chair for the Democratic and enjoyed being involved in political issues.   

      He is survived by his wife of 60 years Corrine Tafoya Fisher, five children Denise, Angela, Jack R, (Erin), Toni Summerall (Jerry) and Eric (Tracy Herriott), ten grandchildren, Jordan, Hannah, Courtney (Craig Shook), Jack, Alex, Chalise, Kendra, Skyler, Lauren and Aurora Mia and 2 great grand children, Nevaeh and Jackson.   

        Jack Fisher was devoted husband, dedicated father, grandfather and great grandfather, and faithful friend. Jack was a man of honor and strength. He gave, he loved, and he inspired. He believed in people and changed every life he touched. He showed us all how to live life with a purpose. He made the world a better place and our lives are better for having known him. We will miss him.    T

       he family wants to express their appreciation and gratitude to the staff at Horizon Hospices and his wonderful caretakers. Arrangements are by Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel.    A viewing will be held Sunday evening, March 8, 2015 from 5 pm – 7 pm at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. So., Nampa, Idaho.    A Celebration of Jack’s life will be held at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12 noon, followed by burial at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 2 pm. 


Published by Judy Ferro

Judy Ferro is communication director for the 2C Dems and a columnist for the Idaho Press.

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