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Powell, Wyoming - Merrill John Hull 65 (known aa John by his friends) went to be with his Heavenly Father on November 10th, 2021 in the company of his son and step mother in Nampa, Idaho. A memorial service will be held at the Bible Missionary Church in Homedale, Idaho on Saturday, December 11th at 2:00 p.m. John was born February 16th, 1956 in Hot Springs, Montana, the oldest of two children born to Harlan and Thelma Hull. They also had an adopted son, Jay. John was preceded in death by his brother, Jay, and his parents, Thelma Batton and Harlan Hull, and a granddaughter, Kristosha Hull. John is survived by his sister Dora Bradford of Dawson, Texas; nephew, Jayson Bradford of Texas; daughter, Amanda Kissinger of Rogersville, Missouri; his son Joshua Hull of Marshfield, Missouri; his stepmother, Glenda Hull of Nampa, Idaho; 7 grandchildren; 1 step-granddaughter, and 5 great-grandchildren. He loved his family very much. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved him. In lieu of flowers, please send love offerings to the Bible Missionary Church in Homedale, Idaho to help the family with expenses.

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Boise - Betty Ruth Hance Smith, 92, of Boise passed away on October 25, 2021 in Boise, Idaho. The daughter of Loren Howard Hance and Ruth Vivian Sherman Hance, Betty was born in Portland Oregon October 3, 1929. Mom grew up in Boise's North End, living close to her beloved grandparents and extended family. She had happy memories of playing "kick the can" in the alleys with neighborhood friends. At age 12, life took a difficult turn for the Hance family, when their father Loren was taken prisoner during the Battle of Wake Island, dying in captivity in Japan during the war. As a teenager, Mom worked at the theaters downtown: the Boise, the Ada, the Granada, and the Rio and Rialto. She married young and was blessed with five children from the marriage. As a loving and dedicated single mother, she worked hard to support her family. She met Marion Smith at a dance at the Eagle's Lodge and with their marriage he quickly became father to Larry, Vickie, Kathy, Sue and Tim. They moved to the Spivey Ranch in Oreana where daughter Patricia joined the family. Living on remote ranches in both Owyhee County and in Boise, Betty made every place a warm and comfortable home. No one left her kitchen hungry, and if you were very lucky, you would have had one of her famous sourdough biscuits. Betty and Marion enjoyed camping and boating, especially with friends Allen and Barbara Frentress. Betty was a crafter and artist and she generously made one of a kind gifts for her family and friends. These ranged widely from barbed wire wreaths to intricate beaded lizard pins. Her grandmother taught her to crochet and she used that talent to create many functional gifts for her family. She loved music, learned to play the piano by ear, and loved singing to her grandchildren, "Home on the Range" was a favorite. There was always that call on your birthday as she sang Happy Birthday to you. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Marion, parents, Loren and Ruth, sisters Audrey, Lorraine, Darlene and brother Jim. She is survived by her sister Shirley Adkins. Betty will be remembered and loved always by her children Larry (Deana) Jenne, Vickie Smith, Kathy (Bill) Amlin, Susan (Galen) Jolly, Tim (Paula) Smith, Patricia (James) Barnes, 23 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren, and 15 great great grandchildren. She will be buried at Oreana Pioneer Cemetery alongside Marion on Saturday, November 6 at noon. A luncheon will follow at the Owyhee County Museum in Murphy. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to . Arrangements are through Summers Funeral Home, 3629 East Ustick Road, Meridian, ID 83646 (208) 898-0642.

Middleton - Dr. Ronald Guard Crawford, Ed.D. passed away on September 29, 2021, at his home in Middleton, Idaho. He was born on May 9, 1941, to Captain Larry and Edythe (Guard) Crawford in Washington and grew up in Friday Harbor, Washington where his father was Commodore of the Washington Ferry System. Ron's families (Fowler, Guard, and Crawford) were noted pioneers for five generations in the San Juan Islands. He graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1959. Ron attended Washington State University, University of Washington and Columbia University, obtaining his B.S., M.A's. and a Doctorate. Ron worked in the public school system serving as a Teacher, Counselor, Principal and Superintendent in Renton, Seattle, Monroe, Snohomish and Mukilteo School Districts in the State of Washington as well as Larchmont, New York. Following retirement, Ron renewed his love for the San Juan Islands, designing and building yachts with San Juan Yacht Sales in Anacortes and Adventure Yacht Sales in Seattle. Ron has fond memories of his nearly 150 trips to Taiwan and China where his yachts were manufactured. Ron's service to his community was important to him and he was active with The Lion's Club, Exchange Club, , Boys and Girls Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Educational Service District, several HOA boards, and NW Yacht Brokers. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia Ryan Crawford of Middleton, Idaho and children: Steve (Yvette) of Chesapeake, Virginia, Robert (Shanon) of Lake Stevens, Washington, Nichole (Crawford) Calico (Bruce) of Carnation, Washington, Ryan (Carey) Henson of Star, Idaho and Celeste (Henson) Stein (Erik) of Middleton, Idaho; grandchildren: Victoria, Joshua, Rylee and Rebekah Crawford, Mac Calico, Brooklyn and Logan Crawford, Kaylee and Maya Henson and Ava and Vivian Stein; siblings: Jan (Crawford) Sanford of Kirkland, Washington, Larry (Helen) Crawford of Lake Stevens, Washington and Ken Crawford of Poulsbo, Washington. Ron and Patty's passion for travel took them to over 40 countries in their time together. Ron and Patty lived part-time in Mazatlán, Mexico where Ron and Patty enjoyed the ocean, golfing and spending time with their friends at the Estrella Del Mar, golf community. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Meridian, Idaho October 15, 2021 at 2:30. A memorial service and burial will be scheduled in 2022 to be held in Washington State at the Crawford family section of the Shaw Island Cemetery in the San Juan Islands. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Luke's Hospice or Holy Apostles Catholic Church, both in Meridian, Idaho.

Middleton - James Lee Payne 76 of Middleton, Idaho passed away September 24, 2021. He was born January 27, 1945 to Edwin and Gladys Lee Payne as the youngest of three children. Ed and Gladys purchased the family farm in 1935 where Jim was born and raised. He still farmed that ground to this day. Jim attended Middleton Schools graduating in 1963. After graduation he farmed and milked cows. April 9, 1965 Jim married his High School sweetheart Glenda Mesler and they lived together in Middleton for 54 years of marriage until Glenda's passing in 2019. To this union in 1966 twin boys were born, Jerry and Larry. Larry passed away shortly after birth. In 1969 another boy was born Greg, followed by their daughter, Joni in 1976. The impact and magnitude of Jim's presence and influence can be felt and seen in so many people and places. He carried a deep and proud love of his children and grandchildren, extended family and friends. He was a passionate farmer, growing almost every seed variety and crop, except trees. He was enthusiastic in his support of the ag community, MHS booster club, athletic events supporting his kids and grandchildren. He and Glenda hardly ever missed a game. He was always there for his grandchildren. He always found a way to give them an opportunity to work for, as he did many other people as well. He was so selfless and the epitome of what would be the definition of a hard workingman. He believed in the honesty of a handshake and the importance of keeping your word. Jim genuinely loved people. If you haven't met Jim, you haven't heard a real comedian. No matter whether you were a great friend or a random person on the street, he was always cracking jokes and making people laugh. He loved to tease the tellers at the bank or tell a story of some sort or other to an old friend or the new one he had just made in the bleachers at one of the games. Jim was also a man of many talents. He enjoyed many hobbies over the years, which encouraged both his kids and grandkids to have a fearless attitude to try new things. He enjoyed time on the lakes and reservoirs water-skiing with friends and family. He mastered jumping off the dock on one ski. He also loved packing in on horse back from Grand Jean, Idaho to camp and elk hunt. Many people learned to love hunting and horses from Jim. He also loved snowmobiling, another hobby that included family and friends finding themselves in other beautiful parts of Idaho rarely seen. The call of river rafting also found Jim. He showed many people the opportunities of adventure in Hells Canyon, from paddling through the "Green Room" in the Granite rapids on the Snake River then Steelhead fishing later in the year by Jet boat. Another passion he fostered in his kids, grandkids and friends. In the last several years he and Glenda found their love of razor riding in the Owyhees, Mann's Creek, and throughout Idaho with family and friends. He was probably the best Polaris razor salesman no one knew about. Everyone who was blessed to know Jim, knew he always had an opinion and wasn't afraid to share it. With an arm around your shoulder, so you couldn't get away, he would tell you just how he thought something should be done. Jim is survived by his children, Jerry (Gay) Payne, Greg (Pamela) Payne, and Joni (Andy) Rule. Eight grandchildren: Jake Kelley, Grady, Jeff, Hannah and Edwin Payne, Connor, Carson, and Lauren Rule. A sister Edna (Larry) Davis, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenda, infant son, Larry, parents Ed and Gladys, and brother Orville. Our family is grateful for the many lifelong friendships we have had and for the love and support we've been shown. Thank you everyone. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Idaho FFA Foundation in honor of Jim. Graveside services will be held on Friday October 8, 2021 at Middleton Cemetery, Middleton, Idaho at 10:30 am. Friends can share a memory of Jim at Jim wanted this to be a casual event so jeans and hats are encouraged.