George Haynes

Monday, October 8, 2012

George Riley Haynes, Jr., 91, of Mountain Home, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at the First Congregational Church, 515 E. 15th North St., in Mountain Home. Lunch will follow the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.

George was born Feb. 4, 1921, in Boise, to George and Edna Haynes. Following high school graduation in Star, he held several interesting jobs, including driving cattle from Star to Danskin and working for the Alcoa Aluminum plant in Troutdale, Ore.

He served in World War II under General Patton and fought at the Battle of the Bulge and at the Bridge of Remagen. When he returned from the war he started working for Idaho Power, where he met Norene, who also worked for Idaho Power. They were married June 15, 1946.

He worked for Idaho Power for 41 years. During that time he held various positions ranging from meter reader to manager. He was a manager at Hazelton and retired as manager of the Mountain Home District in 1986.

George was a very active member in the community. He was the first president of the Mountain Home Rotary Club. He also was active in the Lions Club, Elks Lodge and served as president of the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce in 1976. George was the grand marshall of the Mountain Home Air Force Appreciation Day Parade in 1980. He was also active as an elder in the Nampa Presbyterian Church. He served as chairman of the trustees and moderator at the Mountain Home First Congregational Church several times. He was currently serving on the Mountain Home Library Board of Trustees. George was instrumental in the expansion of the library and helped the library come into the computer age.

George is survived by his sons, Ron Haynes of Pocatello and Stan and his wife, Melveina Haynes, of Denver, Colo., grandsons Lt. Col. Kenneth and his wife, Lori Haynes, of Fort Mead, Md.; Brandon Haynes, and Christopher and his wife, Rishika Haynes, of Pocatello.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald, sister Esther Rowlan, his wife, Norene, and daughter in-law Carolyn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 659, Mountain Home, ID 83647.