*Parking Information for Celebration of Life at the Stueckle Sky Center: Park in the West Stadium Lot and use North Tower entrance, follow instructions on the kiosk*
John Edward “Jack” Bishop, M.D., 79, of Boise, died Thursday, May 3, 2018, in a Florida hospital while traveling.
A graveside service will be held at Morris Hill Cemetery (317 N. Latah St, Boise) at 10:30 am on Friday May 18, 2018. A Celebration of Jack’s Life will be held at the Stueckle Sky Center (The Loft) on May 18, 2018 at 1PM.
Jack was born November 9, 1938 in Brigham City, UT to George and Madge Gray Bishop. Both parents worked as teachers, and later “Bish” entered the farming equipment business in the Magic and Treasure Valleys. The family grew to include Jack’s brothers Gary (1941) and Van (1946), and eventually moved to Jerome, Idaho. Jack attended Jerome High School, where he was a standout athlete (basketball and football quarterback) and student, graduating as Valedictorian of the Class of ‘56. During that time, Jack’s family spent time at the family’s summer home in McCall, Idaho, which Jack remembered fondly in his later years; and during which Jack developed his life-long passion for golf.
Jack was accepted to Stanford University and attended for three years prior to early acceptance to the University of Utah School Of Medicine from which he received his M.D. in 1963 as part of a US Air Force program. Eventually, Jack completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Iowa, as well as a Fellowship in Wiesbaden, Germany.
While in high school, Jack met Carolyn Laird, and the high school sweethearts were married in January, 1959. Son Brad was born later that year, eventually followed by sons, Rick, Steve and Jeff. Jack and Carolyn divorced in 1970, and Jack later married Sara Norris Bauserman and created a uniquely blended family that brought stepsons, Scott and Brad, into Jack’s life. Jack and Sara divorced in 1977. Jack later married Gail Rogers Steckler, and he became a stepfather to Rich and Kristin. Gail passed away in 1996. Jack remarried to Terri Whiteman in the early 2000s but later divorced. Jack reconnected with an old friend, Doris Mifflin, and they have enjoyed several years together. Doris was with him when he passed.
The Air Force took Jack and his family to many places, and Jack developed a life-long love of travel. Jack traveled extensively throughout Asia while stationed at Tachikawa AFB in Japan, and later throughout Europe while stationed in Germany, from which he had many adventures in Cold War-era Europe that have become famous family lore. He was an avid skier and conquered the Alps (on skis, anyway).
Upon Jack’s retirement from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel in 1982, Jack relocated to Idaho to become a partner in Boise Orthopedic Clinic where he treated numerous patients over a long and distinguished career in orthopedic surgery. The Bishops were active in the Boise community supporting Boise State University athletics, which Jack continued to attend throughout his life. Jack has had an active social life in Boise with many friends. He had a vacation home in McCall for many years which he and the family loved and he enjoyed golf, fishing, skiing and snowmobiling.
Jack had an engaging personality and was generally the life of the party. He had lasting friends throughout the world, from Iceland to Australia and all points in between. He always had a twinkle in his eye, a wink and a smile, and a story to tell. People quickly learned to watch out when Jack was bartending because he liked to make sure everyone was having a good time. He loved his family and his work, and his dogs held a special place in his life. His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of a lot people. Jack will be greatly missed and we will treasure the memories he made with us.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Madge and George, brother Gary, sister-in-law Jeannie, wives Sara and Gail, and son, Eric John “Rick” Bishop. He is survived by brother Van of Mazaltan, Mexico, sister-in-law Janice Holiday, of Utah, sons Brad of Boise, Steve (and Goldie) of Meridian, Jeff of Cypress, TX, daughter-in-law Donna (Rick) Bishop of Colorado; stepsons Scott (and Deanne) Bauserman of Osage, IA, Brad (and Lynn) Bauserman of San Antonio, TX, Richard (and Leslie) Steckler, of Boise, and stepdaughter Kristin (and Ted) Veazey of Virginia. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, an honorary stepdaughter, Nina (and Breck) Hansen, his 18 grand- or step-grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren. He is also survived by his former wife and dear friend Carolyn, as well as his loving friend and companion, Doris Mifflin. Please hold Doris in your hearts.