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Jack D. Claiborn Jr.

September 27, 1923 — December 30, 2015

Jack D. Claiborn passed away in the evening, Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in Boise. He was a third generation Idahoan born to Jack Dewey and Emily Wall Claiborn on September 27, 1923 at Kimberly, Idaho. He was predeceased by wife Bette, his parents, and sister, Elaine Burkey. Jack is survived by two brothers William (Sondra) of Twin Falls and Ed (Shirley), Lexington, VA, his immediate family, sons Brent (Holly), Brad (Patti), Todd (Steve) Claiborn all of Boise and daughter Stephanie (Ron) Novacek of Kimberly.
His granddaughters and grandsons and are Paige (Chad) Flett, Spokane, Elise (Ben) Martindale, Meridian,
Michael Claiborn, Elko, NV and Steven Claiborn of Twin Falls. He also delighted in having two great-grandsons, Claiborn and Brooks Flett, and cousins Verlene and Dennis (Gracie) Claiborn, Jerome. Jack attended and graduated from Kimberly Schools in 1941. He matriculated to the University of Idaho Southern Branch in Pocatello in 1941 and in 1942 transferred to the University of Idaho in Moscow, where he pledged Sigma Nu Fraternity. He joined and served in the U. S. Army in Korea from 1944 thru 1946. After returning home, he entered the farming business with his father and brother at Kimberly. During this time, the family farm expanded when he and brother, Bill cleared sagebrush for new farmland near Murtaugh, known as the Artesian area. Jack continued farming until retirement in 1995. He learned the benefits and importance of keeping meticulous farm production and financial records by hand before owning a computer. After his honorary army discharge, he married Bette Allen on February 16, 1947, in Twin Falls. Jack and Bette moved to their Kimberly farm and resided half a mile from the home where he was born. Jack served and was active in local community organizations, schools, church and youth programs including 4-H. He served on the Kimberly School District Board for 7 years including President. He was a board member and chairman of the Magic Valley Regional Medical Center during the 1983 major hospital expansion. He served as a director/officer for the Bean Growers Warehouse Association and western states Outwest Bean Board for 15 years, and subsequently was inducted into the Idaho Co-op Council Hall of Fame. After retiring from active farming, Jack was elected commissioner and took great pride in helping form and create the Rock Creek Rural Fire District. Our dad enjoyed outdoor activities, instilling interests in his family for snow and water skiing, golf, fishing, and taking all of us on adventuresome Sunday drives, but only after farming was done. Later in life he and Bette traveled and vacationed with family and longtime friends in Oregon, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They became avid motorhome travelers touring the Northwest and California as active FMCA members. Living most of his life in Kimberly, he made many friends throughout Magic Valley, but most important to him was his family, their interests, well-being and happiness in life. He was active in the Twin Falls Masonic Lodge and life-long member of the Kimberly United Methodist Church. His family is most grateful to all those with the Elgin Ashley Manor Care Center and Auburn Crest Hospice, who so compassionately helped him. Memorial services for Jack will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Crossroads United Methodist Church, 131 Syringa Ave., Kimberly, Idaho. Our family suggests memorials to the Crossroads United Methodist Church, the Kimberly High School Student Scholarship Fund or other charity.
Services are under the direction of White Mortuary, Chapel by the Park, Twin Falls. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.whitemortuary.com. for JACK D. CLAIBORN, JR

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When: Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
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