Gerald M. Kinnear 72, passed away November 25, 2018 with his loving wife Alice nearby. He died of natural causes in the care of hospice after being in declining health for over a year.
He was born in Boise, Idaho on August 24, 1946 the son of Gerald and Vera (Keim) Kinnear. He attended school in Boise and before graduating he joined the Navy.
Gerald, always known as Mike, served two tours of duty in the Navy as a Morse code radio operator in Vietnam. After his tours, Mike worked as a credit union manager, debt collections officer for finance companies in Pocatello and American Falls. He then worked as an electrician for Idaho Fish and Game to travel around the state of Idaho on their construction crew. While working with the crew he also had the opportunity to learn and to operate heavy equipment.
He started his electrical career as an apprentice and then journeyman electrician. After working for several electrical companies, he started his own business called Mike Kinnear Electrical Contractor. He then went together with his longtime friend, Russ Davis, to start their business called R & M Electrical Contractors. After a few years, Mike went on to be an Electrical Inspector for the City of Boise. When he retired in 2010 he had advanced to Chief Electrical Inspector for the City of Boise.
Mike was always an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life, Alice also learned to love fishing. They spent most of their weekends and vacations camping and fishing at places like Sumpter Lake in Oregon, Hells Canyon, Brownlee and other great spots in Idaho.
Mike and Alice had intended to retire on their riverfront property on the Snake River, but health issues prevented them from completing this dream. They did eventually decide to stay in their home in Boise which they totally remodeled together.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Vera Keim; father, Gerald Kinnear and grandparents, John and Hazel Lake who raised him as a young boy growing up.
Mike leaves behind his wife Alice Urlezaga Kinnear after 33 years of marriage; stepfather, Ken Keim of Arizona; half-sisters; Del Keim and Amy DesRosier (Theron) , son, Lake, of Moscow, ID, and and son Jack of Moscow, ID; Janice (Joe) Gonzales of Sacramento, CA; and stepbrother Steven (Annalisa) Kinnear also living in Sacramento. Brother and sister-in-law John and Jeanne Urlezaga of Boise and niece Angie (Jaspur) Kolar and daughter Kyrie of Bozeman, MT.
A special thank you thank you to Irene Haney of Doctor’s Hospice of Idaho for providing his care, comfort and support during this very difficult time.
A Memorial Service will be held December 3rd, at 4:00 p.m., at Cloverdale Funeral Home, 1200 N. Cloverdale Rd. Boise Idaho. Reception to follow.