On Sunday November 8th 2020, Larry “Buck” Howerton, husband and father of three, passed away at the age of 76 surrounded by his loving family. Larry was born on October 27, 1944 in Boise, Idaho to Pierce and Hattie Howerton. He was raised in Kuna, Idaho along with his three brothers and two sisters where he attended Kuna Mora School. He later moved to Boise where he graduated from Borah High School in 1964. Larry then completed some college at Boise Junior College before starting a family and career. He met the love of his life, DaraLee Howerton, in 1964 while attending Borah High School. They were married for 54 years and had three children together (Treva, Shannon, and Brandon).
His passion for athletics started at a young age. He enjoyed football, baseball, wrestling and also played the tuba in the marching band. His background in athletics led him to pursue a career in the industry. He first went to work for Idaho Sporting Goods and later for McU’s Sports. As a traveling salesman, he had plenty of time to think and dream, which led him to create his first patented athletic product. His former employers then became his first customers and Buck’s Bags was born in 1979.
His interests included fishing, hunting, and agriculture which inspired him to create more products geared towards these industries and grow the company. The growth of his company allowed him to support his family and give back to his community, which was incredibly important to him. He also enjoyed wood working, gardening, breeding and running race horses and spending time outdoors with his family.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents Pierce and Hattie Howerton as well as his siblings Harry (Glenna, deceased), Raymond (Faye), Jean Cowden (John), Tom (Vonda) and Betty Storms (Jim). He also was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Tara. Larry is survived by his wife DaraLee and three children Treva Janzen (Jeff Stewart), Shannon Nyce (Steve), and Brandon (Hilary). Larry’s biggest joys in life were his grandchildren Justin, Jessica, Courtney, Taylor, Colby, McKaylee, Ben, Hunter, and Abby and four great-grandchildren.
Due to the COVID virus, the family will hold a celebration of Larry’s life at a later time.
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