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Barton Houmann Ballantyne was born on October 13, 1936 to Meta and James H Ballantyne IV. His Great Grandparents came to the USA from Scotland in 1863 and eventually settled in Ola, Idaho. His Mother's family came to the USA in 1901 from Denmark. Bart grew up on Ustick where the family had a dairy. He had one sibling Jim and the family of 4 ran the dairy.
Bart enjoyed the piano and had to decide whether to be become a concert pianist or an architect. He went to University of Cal Berkeley where he received his Bachelors degree in Architecture. He met famous architects, one being Frank Lloyd Wright. When he graduated he worked several years with Boise Architect Nate Adams.
He decided to become a builder and built 24 houses mostly in the Highlands. In 1967 he became a Realtor and worked with his brother Jim. He formed his own company in the 70's.
Bart married Clara M Thomas in 1968. They had three daughters, Estefania Downs, Melena Buss and Anna Ballantyne. He and Clara went their separate ways in the late 70's. Bart continued in the Real Estate field the rest of this life and became a Broker.
He was active in the LGBT community and was part of the first Boise LGBT Community organization- simply called the Community Center.
In 1989 he met the love of his life, Raul Davila. They formed their union April 9, 1990 and were kindred souls the rest of his life. The business prospered with their dedication. They enjoyed the friendships made during these years.
Bart especially enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. He could play a mean game of Pinochle. He and Raul will forever be the family reigning champs. When paired together there was nothing they could not conquer. Because Bart was so charming-not many people would guess that he was a pool shark. He spent many evenings playing pool and enjoying friends. He had a green thumb and a master at growing Roses. He also was a gifted cook and loved to prepare meals for friends and family.
Bart was a genuine loving person and was very social. He loved a good laugh and saw the silver lining in almost any situation. He could get a smile out of anyone. He was empathetic and could make a person feel better in a heartbeat.
Bart is survived by his soul mate Raul, his three daughters and spouses, Estefania and Tim, Melena and Joe, and Anna. He is survived by his grandchildren J Michael and Tessa Downs, Gabriel and Abigail Neef, Austin and Brooke Miller, his sister in law Mary Ballantyne and several nieces and nephews.
The Family would like to thank his compassionate medical team:
Dr. Christopher Keller, The Heroic Dawn Johnson of Liberty Dialysis, Dr. Abby Davids of the Family Medical Health Clinic and his Hospice team of Harrison's Hope.
***Due to restrictions of COVID-19 at this time, there will be limited attendance available.
If you'd like to attend, please contact the family directly. The service will be webcast live, for the link to the webcast, contact either the family directly or the funeral home at 208-375-2212.
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