Joseph Alan Podrabsky

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Joseph Alan Podrabsky went into God’s welcoming arms January 16th, 2023. He will be missed by his loving wife, Leanne, of Lewiston, Idaho. He leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law, Jody and Andy Koontz, and their three sons, Oakley, AJ, and Blaze, of Columbus, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Hannah Podrabsky and their two sons, Joseph Thomas and Samuel, of Chesapeake, Virginia; and son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Brittny Podrabsky and their two sons, Aaron and Mason, of Lewiston, Idaho.

He is survived by his two sisters, Jackie Day and Julie Travis, of Mountain Home, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Laurel Podrabsky, and his mother-in-law, Betty Tiegen.

Joe was born at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, on January 13th, 1953. His family moved to various bases throughout the United States before settling in Mountain Home upon his father's retirement.

Joe attended Mountain Home High School, graduating in 1971. Due to his towering height of 6’9”, he played basketball on his high school team, lettering in the sport. He was nominated to attend West Point Academy upon graduation but had to forfeit due to injuries his first year. He then attended North Idaho College and Lewis-Clark State College.

He worked for the City of Lewiston Water Dept., where he met the love of his life, Leanne “Hunny Bunny”, in early 1985 and married her in September of that year.

Joe enjoyed fishing and hunting with his dad when he was younger and torturing his younger sisters. But there was always laughter when he was around. As his own family grew, he enjoyed playing computer games with his children and watching his youngest son, Justin, play sports where he excelled at basketball like his father.

Joe was struck with MS in the 1990’s eventually crippling him. But this disease could not dampen his love of life or his everlasting faith. He leaves behind a legacy of strength and love enjoyed by his family and friends. He will be forever missed.

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