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Rex Edward Black

January 6, 2019

Ed Black was born August 21, 1950 in St. Luke’s Hospital, Boise, ID.  His parents were Dorothy Jeanne Campbell Black and Rex Joy Black. His siblings are Jim, Jeanne, Joy, Cindy, and Robert Black. Ed’s father had a job with the forest service near Idaho City where they lived. When his father was offered a job with the Boy Scouts of America, they moved to Stillwater, OK. Later, Ed and his family moved to Salt Lake City, UT where he attended Irving Jr. High School. Boy Scouting took the Black family to Pocatello, ID. Ed went to and graduated from Highland High School, where he had many friends. After high school, Ed had his first daughter Heidi, born 1970 with Bonnie. A few years later, in 1972, his daughter Maia was born with his first wife, Ramona. Ed took a job in construction in Phoenix, AZ helping construct the IRS building where he met Donna in 1979. They lived in Phoenix, AZ together and then in West Jordan, UT where their son Shaylon was born in 1980. He saved enough money to buy a house for them in McCammon, ID and then moved with Donna and Shaylon to a house he bought in Pocatello, ID. The three of them then moved to Kuna, ID where he bought a house and had his fourth child, a daughter, Casey Jo in 1983. Ever since he was little, Ed was a forward thinker, valuing the importance of saving for his future. Whether it was his first home or planning for retirement, Ed had a plan. Ed and Donna were later married in 1984. Ed and his family loved spending time together outdoors, driving down backcountry roads, camping and fishing together. Ed owned and operated his own business, making picture frames out of the shop he had next to his house in Kuna, ID. He became an active member of the carpenter union. He and his son Shaylon lived in Idaho City from 1995 to 1999. Ed was an amazing Dad. He supported his children in all their endeavors including sports events and dance recitals. He liked them to be involved in everything he did. They would go to art shows together, work in the shop together, sing together, and play many games. He was extremely spontaneous and always up for an adventure. Ed met Jane and they were married in 2000 in Roseberry, ID. They shared a cabin in McCall, ID built a home in Boise, ID, and built a cabin in Placerville, ID. He continued to work with his hands as a handy-man doing all types of carpentry related jobs. Ed was always building something, even in retirement. Sadly, his wife Jane passed away in 2014. While seeking support from former friends, Ed reconnected with Pam. Ed and Pam married in 2015 in Pocatello, ID. The best times of Ed’s life were when he was with those who loved him, travelling, guitar, writing songs, telling bad jokes and good stories, playing cards, and spending time in nature. Ed died the morning of January 6, 2019 in St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, ID from a rare form of an aggressive cancer. He is survived by his spouse Pam, his children, twelve grandchildren, and one great grand-child. He is predeceased by both his parents and previous spouse, Jane. We want to thank all those who were part of his life and who contributed to his happiness. Thanks for all the support you have given. We will love and miss Ed Black immensely. He will forever be in our hearts with strength, bravery, and wise perception.

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