Riley Greg Bunn, 32, of Stayton, Ore., died unexpectedly Feb. 8, 2008.
Funeral arrangements have been made through Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home. Services will be held at the Glenns Ferry LDS Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. The family will receive friends from 10-10:45 a.m. at the church. His body will be laid to rest at Glenn Rest Cemetery in Glenns Ferry.
Bunn was born on Dec. 2, 1975, in Boise. At the age of 9 his family moved from Idaho to Stayton, Ore., where Riley attended school, played basketball and football, and graduated from Stayton High School in 1994.
Following high school, Riley attended Boise State University.
He married Anjelie Eldredge of Vancouver, Wash., and they moved to Utah where they had their first son, McKay. It was there where he began his love of flying.
He continued pursuing his craft in Montana where their second son, Colton, was born.
A career decision moved them to Alaska where their daughter, Kailie, was born.
Riley enjoyed the Alaskan lifestyle, with its abundance of hunting, fishing, snowboarding and other outdoor activities.
A career opportunity took them briefly to Colorado, where ultimately his marriage ended.
Riley returned to Oregon where he embraced the opportunity to hone his flying skills as well as the opportunity to be closer to his parents, younger sister, Casey, and old friends. "His life's path led him back to love and happiness with Steffanie," his family said.
Riley most enjoyed spending time with his family, visiting his children monthly in Las Vegas, absorbing as much of their childhood as possible, spending days at the park and the pool and at his brother Cody's home.
"His children adored him," his family said. "He loved family, traveling often to Idaho, where he spent his time with his brother, Tyler, and visiting with extended family.
"Riley spent his days living life to the fullest, relishing adventure, spending all the time he could traveling, playing basketball, snowboarding, wake boarding, horseback riding, four wheeling, camping, hunting, and fishing," his family said. "Above all his passion was flying.
"Riley was a hard working, diligent and industrious man. He was a very kind and loving person," his family said. "His endearing personality drew many people into his short but full life. He will be missed and cherished by all who knew him. He will be forever loved by those who knew him best."
Riley was a member of the LDS Church where he was called to serve in the Southern Colorado Mission.
He is survived by his three children, McKay, 8, Colton, 6, and Kailie, 4, of Las Vegas, Nev.; brothers Cody and his wife, Erin Bunn, of Las Vegas, and Tyler Bunn of Glenns Ferry; sister Casey, and her husband, JS Nash, of Leiden, Holland; his intended fiancÚ, Steffanie Gomes; and his grandparents, E. LaDell and Carol (Nelson) Handy of Glenns Ferry.
He was preceded in death by Albert and Marjorie Bunn of Burley.
A fund for Riley's children is being setup through Washington Mutual Bank.