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Rodney Clay Lockett
April 7, 1943 ~ November 6, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
Rodney Clay Lockett died November 6, 2023, after a series of falls this past year.
He was born to Marie Dittmar Lockett and Albert Leopold Lockett on April 7, 1943 in Boise. Except for a brief stay in Alaska, where his father was stationed during and after World War II, he was a life-long Idahoan. He married Linda Ann Neider on September 18, 1964, and they shared a strong, loving marriage for 59 years.
Rodney is survived by his wife Linda; his children Kimberley Lockett (David Oline) of Ashland, Oregon and their children Alice and Erik Oline; Cindy Lockett (Louis Katen) of Colorado Springs, Colorado and their children Katie, Claire and Rose Katen; Richard Lockett (Holly) of Star, Idaho and their children Jordan Brown (Josh), Lauren Jackson (Carson), Eryn, Amara, and Liam Lockett; and Rodney Lockett (Robyn) of Boise, Idaho and their children Charley and Andy; his great-grandchildren Naomi and Samuel Brown; and his brother Robert Lockett (Rosanna) and his family of Meridian, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter Jessica Lockett.
Rodney grew up in Boise and in Grandjean, Idaho. He graduated from Boise High School in 1961 and from Boise State University. He began working at Sawtooth Lodge as a teenager with his parents after they purchased it in the mid-1950s, and later he and Linda took it over and operated it for 31 years with their family. He hiked, fished, hunted, snowmobiled, and rode horses throughout the Sawtooths and surrounding mountains all his life and especially enjoyed doing those activities with his children and grandchildren. He was a skilled fly fisherman, but he wasn’t above using a bait rod if fish weren’t biting on flies that day.
Besides operating Sawtooth Lodge during the summers, Rodney worked as a contractor during the winters, operating his own business, Lockett Construction Company, in Boise. In the past decade he and his sons operated R & R Snow Removal, and he became an avid weather-watcher all winter, hoping for a snowfall. The only time Rodney sat still was to watch Boise State football games each fall. Otherwise, he always had a project to work on or grandchildren to go fishing with.
He was a good man, and he will be sorely missed. The Lockett family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Keystone Hospice and Country Time Assisted Living for their respectful and loving care during the last weeks of Rodney’s life. You may honor his memory by donating to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or Idaho Rivers United.