Ronald Craig Leydet, 65, of Mountain Home, passed away on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at a Boise hospital.
A viewing will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 15, at Our Lady of Good Counse. Burial with military honors will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery in Mountain Home.
Ron was born April 23, 1944, in Boise, to Henry Leydet and Emma Jean Rowe Leydet. Ron grew up in Mountain Home, helping on the family farm and ranch operations.
After graduating from Mountain Home High School in 1962, he attended Idaho State University for a year, then enlisted in the US Navy, serving in Guam.
After dedicating four years to the military, he completed his BBA in accounting, graduating from ISU in 1971. While completing his degree, he was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity.
Ron started his career working for Price Waterhouse in California but eventually returned to Mountain Home to indulge his interests in the great outdoors.
He was employed by Pioneer Credit Union and Bermensolo Real Estate. He eventually progressed to handling his personal commercial real estate and development investments, which proved successful. Ron had many partners in real estate transactions throughout his life including his father, Hank, who also enjoyed investing in land ventures. Ron was a steward of the ground he purchased and ensured weeds were always tilled under and landscaping was created and maintained.
He enjoyed his time as a member of the Mountain Home Groundwater Advisory Committee, providing guidance on water rights issues throughout the district.
Ron had a passion for hunting, fishing and gardening, typically sharing the harvests with his mother, whose cooking he relished.
He played a keen hand of poker, particularly taking pleasure when he was the one hauling in the chips.
He was especially active in efforts to increase the habitat and population of game birds with membership in Ducks Unlimited.
One of Ronšs joys in life was to awaken early, meet his friends and read the newspaper over a cup of coffee. Ron was selective in his friendships and particularly benefitted from a close camaraderie with David Knox, Fred Perez and Gary Spackman.
Ron marched to the beat of his own drum, even up to the time it was silenced.
Ronšs survivors include his daughter ,Elizabeth Stone (Perry) of Denver ,and two grandsons; his mother, Jean Leydet of Twin Falls; his sisters, Joanne (Larry) Johnson, Betty (Greg) Baumgart, Barbara (Jerry) Beck, and Janine
Leydet Roeser; along with many nieces, nephews and grandnieces/nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Henry.
Donations can be made in Ronšs memory to the Idaho Duckšs Unlimited, 300 W. Fortini St., Meridian, ID 83642.