Gary Severson, 78 of Glenns Ferry, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at a Boise hospital. A private family inurnment is planned for July 2, 2009, and a gathering for friends and family will be held at the family home on July 3, 2009 at 4:00pm. Cremation was under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Gary was born on March 27, 1931, in Rigby, Idaho. He was the second of four sons to Raymond and Alice Crystal Severson. He attended school in Oakley, Idaho. His future career was molded early by working in the family road construction business for many years. In 1958, he married Norma Talley. He soon became self-employed leveling land and building ditches in 1962. In February of 1963, he developed farmland for Batt/Goldsmith in Hammett.
He began his long career at Glenns Ferry Highway District in 1967, where he made many contributions to the community for 29 years. He retired from this position in 1995. He spent the next 12 years working for Jeff Blanksma at Legacy Farms. He enjoyed working, golfing, yard work, and spending time with family and friends. His grandkids had a very special place in his heart.
Gary is survived by his wife of 51 years, Norma, three children, Bart and his wife Darby Severson of San Diego, CA; David and his wife Cindy Severson of Spokane, WA; and Lisa and her husband Rick Burke of Jerome, one brother Brent and his wife Linda Severson of Pinon Hills, CA, his mother in-law Dorothy Talley of Twin Falls, two sister in-laws Lois Severson of American Falls and Dora Severson of Twin Falls, five grandchildren, Zachary, Cortni, Nicole, Morgan and Shelby; and one great-grandchild Alexis. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Alice Severson and two brothers Vard and LaMar Severson.
Donations in Gary's memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 2676 So. Vista, Boise, ID 83705.