Ken was born at St. Alphonsus Hospital, Boise, on Jan. 10, 1939, the youngest of three sons born of Florence Woodward DeThorne and Walter DeThorne, Atlanta, Idaho. Florence and Walter divorced and she remained in Atlanta, continuing to teach in the one-room school house (still standing today).
Because "Mom" could not teach her three sons together, they relocated to Gooding where Ken graduated in 1957. Florence married Everett Mellies, and they moved to Everett's farm in Gooding. At the end of Ken's senior year in high school, he acquired polio, and the disease affected his left arm; there went his football scholarship to Boise Jr. College!
He worked for Blue Cross of Idaho as an accountant for 13 years and went to night school at Boise College to earn his Accounting degree. I don't know who was prouder... "Mom Mellies" or Gloria.
Ken began work at Mercy Medical Center, Nampa, in 1974 as Vice President, Finance, leaving after 10 years for greener pastures.
They purchased Pine Resort, which they owned and operated for 10 years before selling. They remained in the Pine/Featherville area for another seven years and relocated to Mountain Home, where they continue to reside with little or no snow to shovel!
Both Ken and Gloria dearly loved the Pine/Featherville area, its people and their customers. They snowmobiled with the "big dudes" as often as possible and have many special, priceless memories, not only of snowmobiling but boating and fishing on Anderson Ranch Reservoir.
For 13 years, Ken went to Riggins, hunting with his two sons, Kenny Jr., Don, grandchildren, adopted sons and friends of Junior and Don. Of course, his means of travel was riding on the back of a 4-wheeler!
He is survived by his wife, Gloria, Mountain Home; their two sons, Ken Jr., Eagle, and Don, Kuna; five granddaughters, two grandsons; two great-granddaughters, one great-grandson; one step brother, LeRoy Mellies, Eagle, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, step-father, Everett Mellies, his awesome mother, Florence Woodward-DeThorne-Mellies; aunt Arta and uncle Howard Shraft; two brothers in law and one sister-in-love.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a donation be made to either the Pine/Featherville EMS, C/O 16 Trish, Pine, ID 83647 or the Boise River Senior Center, 350 N. Pine-Feathervile Rd, Pine, ID 83647.