Joshua M. Phillips
Joshua M. Phillips, 79, died at home on October 8, 2010 with his family in attendance. Joshua was born in Ashton, Idaho to Walter and Lydia Phillips on May 31, 1931. He attended school and worked on the family farm before going to College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. After one semester of college he enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean War as a 1st Lt. in the Second Infantry Division; which he proudly claimed as the “Second Division, second to none.”
Joshua held many jobs throughout his lifetime, but was most proud of his construction work. He was a tunnel worker on the Oroville Dam and other dams throughout Northern California. He also worked construction sites in Sumatra and Saudi Arabia as a Crew Chief for Bechtel. After returning to Merced he worked at a carpenter.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons, camping with his family, gardening, crossword puzzles and his favorite game shows.
Joshua was preceded in death by his two brothers, Vic and Glen Phillips, and his sister, Lida Harringfeld, all of Ashton.
His survivors include his wife of 58 years, Patricia (George) Phillips; their children, Lydia (Phillips) and Gary Osias; their children, Aaron of Castro Valley and Rachel of Monterey, Jeffrey and Elizabeth Phillips of Oroville; their children, Leslie, Stephanie, and Jeffrey of Arizona, Eric and Sallie Phillips of Merced; Eric’s children, Justin of Oregon and Regina of Alaska, and Diane (Phillips) and Steven Pacheco of Merced; their children, Kevin Phillips of Atwater and Sara Phillips-Pacheco of Merced. Joshua is also survived by 10 great grandchildren; his sister, Donna Griffel of Ashton, and multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family requests donations to be made to Hinds Hospice, P.O. Box 763 Merced, California 95341 or to Heifer.org, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.
No services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home.
Jonathan Indra Prahasto
ISLAND PARK — Jonathan Indra Prahasto, 55, of Island Park, died Monday, October 4, 2010, as the result of an motor vehicle accident near Ashton.
Jonathan was born on May 20, 1955 to Prahasto and Florence Elizabeth (Holmes) Prahasto, in Washington DC. He joined the family after two sisters, Andjali and Sundari. He attended schools in the Bethesda, MD area. His career included working as a rod-man in Washington D.C. and Sandpoint, Idaho, where he was first employed by the Idaho Transportation Department. He continued his service to the State of Idaho for 16 years.
On June 11, 1994, Jonathan married Genevieve Bishop in Mammoth Hot Springs, in Yellowstone National Park, WY. They made their home in Island Park and were married for 16 years.
Jonathan had myriad interests: he seriously pursued backcountry skiing and hiking and loved exploring new trails, especially with his dog Kissuk and later Gen's dog, Rufus. Their two cats were allowed on walks to the river!
Jon served on the Board of Directors for the Teton Regional Land Trust and on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Island Park for many years. Jon was a passionate believer in peace and tolerance in our world; the preservation of natural resources; and protection of human rights for all peoples. Few people pursue knowledge the way Jon did. He knew so much about so many things. One of his biggest talents was being able to converse with anyone about anything.
With such ideals, in such a world, Jonathan was well served by his sense of humor! He was a great teaser and affectionately known as Uncle Teaser by his nieces and nephews and he especially enjoyed it when others joined in.
Jon is survived by his wife, Genevieve Prahasto of Island Park; his mother, Florence Prahasto of Bethesda, MD; two sisters, Andjali Prahasto of Las Vegas, NV and Sundari Allen (husband, Tom) of Springfield, VA; and Mata Hari & Ozbourne, the cats. Preceding Jonathan in death were one child, his father Prahasto and faithful companions Kissuk and Rufus.
Jonathan Indra: You were, are and always will be LOVED.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2010, at Boondocks Restaurant on Yale-Kilgore Road in Shotgun — around three miles west of Elk Creek Station, Island Park. Following the service and until 7 p.m., friends will visit with the family.
In lieu of flowers, Genny suggests donations be made to the Teton Regional Land Trust, PO Box 347, Driggs, ID. 83422 (or online at tetonlandtrust.org) or the Island Park Community Fund, 4135 Sawtelle Peak Road, Island Park, ID. 83429.
Family members wish to extend their deep appreciation to all emergency personnel who responded to the accident.
Michael Joseph Seim
WEST YELLOWSTONE — Michael Joseph Seim passed away suddenly on Aug. 18, 2010.
Michael was born on Sept. 30, 1972 in Derry, N. Ireland. Michael moved to Dayton, Ohio with his parents, Floyd L. Seim and Hester Concannon Allison when Michael was three months old.
He attended high school in Oakwood (Dayton) Ohio where he participated in soccer and wrestling. He was captain of the wrestling team and took third at state. Michael also wrestled for Ohio University and the U.S. Navy Military National team, where he was an All American in Greco-Roman wrestling.
Having a passion for fishing and the great outdoors, Michael settled in Montana after he visited the state for a fishing trip. Mike worked, doing what he loved, guiding fly fishing trips and designing snowmobiles. Mike spent his most recent years designing mountain sleds for Arctic Cat. This job challenged his body and his mind and he was happy developing his creative side.
Mike was Montana. He can be seen in the rivers that he fished and the land that he hunted. His life and heart were invested in the mountains of Yellowstone Country and he will be remembered in every sunrise and sunset.
He married the love of his life and sister of his best friend Mike Montgomery in West Yellowstone in October, 1999. Michael's survivors include his wife Kate Montgomery Seim and, his joy, their two sons Kerrigan, 7, and Cormac, 2.
He is also survived by his mother Hester Allison, stepfather Rick Allison; his father Floyd Seim, stepmother Kathleen Seim, brother Paul Seim and sister-in-law Sarah Seim; his niece Hadley Seim and nephew Keaton Seim; as well as two stepbrothers, Ricky Allison and David Brinkman, and stepsister Judy Allison; grandmother Ethel Allison; aunts and uncles Fred and Liz Allison, and Rob and Rhonda Allison; and many aunts, uncles and cousins throughout Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, England and Ireland.
Mike is survived in marriage by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Blair and Sue Montgomery; his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Paige Montgomery; and niece and nephew, Sara and Nathan Montgomery.
A celebration of Mike's life was held on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Community Protestant Church in West Yellowstone, Mont.
An additional memorial service will be held for Michael in the Dayton, Ohio area in the near future.
Mary Frances Zaborsky
Mary Frances Travis-Zaborsky lost her battle with cancer on September 19, 2010. Mary was born on July 18, 1944 in Alabama. Steve and Mary met while square dancing in 1987 and fell in love at first sight. The two dated for nine months and Mary proposed to Steve (you go girl!). They were married in July 1988 at the United Methodist Church in Highgrove, California. On their honeymoon they went backpacking throughout the Eastern Sierras. During their married life together they enjoyed bike riding, backpacking, movies, and the Civic Light Opera.
Ten years ago they purchased a beautiful vacation home in Island Park and spent many wonderful summers there. Mary tried fly-fishing but found it wasn’t her cup of tea. She didn’t like the way the hooks hurt the fishy’s mouth! Instead, she decided she wanted to become part of a ladies hiking club. As you can imagine, when the ladies hiked across stream after stream there was barely enough room to get by all the fly fishermen who were not necessarily intent on watching for fish!
Steve and Mary enjoyed hiking all across Yellowstone National Park. One of Steve’s fondest memories was of the two hearing wolves in the distance while hiking. He and Mary have only heard them a few times in the 10 years spending summers in Idaho. Steve and Mary were also avid bike riders, Mary hit the century mark riding her bicycle more than 100 miles — a great accomplishment.
Mary will be deeply missed by the Island Park community, where she had many friends and where she gave her time to good causes. She was certified as an Idaho Master Naturalist in the Henry's Fork Chapter, the first Master Naturalist Chapter formed in the state. Volunteer service to the conservation community is a requirement for Master Naturalist certification. She was a member of the Island Park Advocates for Responsible Development and the Island Park Historical Society.
Mary is survived by her husband, her daughter, Pauline Ellison, and her step-daughter, Elizabeth Anne Zaborksy- Smith.
A celebration of Mary’s life was held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Highgrove United Methodist Church, 938 W. Center Street, Highgrove, CA. A private service will also take place in Island Park when the wildflowers are in full bloom.
Condolences can be sent to Steve Zaborsky, 5615 Falling Leaf Lane, Riverside, CA 92509-7305.
Kurt Edward Kandler
Kurt Edward Kandler died at his home surrounded by his family on Friday, October 29, 2010 following a brief illness. Kurt was born on January 13, 1926, in Grainville, Idaho the youngest of four boys. His parents Louis and Minnie Kandler were German immigrants who had settled in the Squirrel area in about 1910.
He grew up working on the family farm with his father and brothers Hank, Bill and Lew while he was in high school. He enlisted in the army during World War II at the age of 17 and served in the Pacific theater. Upon his return, he moved to Salt Lake City to attend welding school. While there, he married Genola Preal Craven on July 28, 1949 and they later returned to Ashton and the farm life.
Kurt and Genola were the parents of three sons. His son Scott farmed with him all his life. Sons Bruce and Matthew died as infants. At a time when others were rejecting farm life as “too tough,” Kurt tried his hand at raising seed potatoes on 40 acres of the 280 he was farming at the time. The first few years raised seed potatoes they only had one regular customer. Kurt would load up a truck with bags of seed and he and Genola would go along knocking on doors and selling seed potatoes to the growers to the south. Kurt was a great salesman and it didn’t take too long before folks were looking him up when it came planting time. What began as a small family farm grew to a very successful farming operation, raising primarily high quality seed potatoes, malting barley and other rotational crops. He was the first in Squirrel to use sprinkler pipe and one of the first to use conveyors to move potatoes into and out of storage. He, with his son Scott, was a true agricultural innovator and always looked for ways to contribute to and improve the potato industry.
Starting in 1972, Kurt’s family grew with the addition of the seasonal workers who came from Mexico to work on the farm. These boys were like sons to Kurt and Genola and he loved them dearly. He knew that without them, the farm would never be successful and made sure they knew how important they were to him, not only professionally, but personally as well.
Kurt has been a member of many organizations, including Potato Growers of Idaho since its founding, serving as a district and state board member, as well as Vice President of Research and Development, Idaho Crop Improvement Association, Idaho Eastern Oregon Potato Commission, Ashton Seed Growers and numerous other agricultural industry boards and associations. He served on the National Potato Council as the Idaho Director for 12 years. Dedication to farming and particularly the potato industry has been his life and he was always proud to say that he was a farmer.
Kurt was an avid traveller and visited countries all over the world with his wife and friends. He loved the outdoors and spent hours camping with friends and their children, nieces, nephews and his own grandchildren. He was a founding member of the Ashton Fifth Ward, meeting regularly at the Trail’s Inn on Sunday and most every morning.
Kurt is survived by his four grandchildren: Judy Kandler (Boise), Audrey Kandler Tablón, Jaimie Kandler Patterson, and Ethan Kandler (all of Logan, Utah), three great grandchildren (Eva, Finn and Paisley), and his Kandler nieces and nephew Robert Kandler, Beverly Hastings, Marilyn Dexter, Kathy Clark and Kristy Wetzel.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, his three sons, his parents and brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at the Ashton Idaho Third Ward Chapel. A viewing will be held for family and friends Tuesday, November 2 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Baxter Funeral Home in Ashton, and prior to the funeral, from 10 -10:45 a.m.. Burial will take place at the Pineview Cemetery.
Jerry Douglas Crabs
BOZEMAN — Jerry D. Crabs, 70, died Friday, October 29. He was born January 26, 1940, in Perkins, Oklahoma, to Keith D. Crabs and Jewell (Wyatt ) Crabs. He attended the Edmond, Oklahoma, public schools, graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma, received a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and an Education Administrators Certificate from the University of Colorado.
He married Elizabeth (Betsy) Hurt on June 14, 1962. They began their occupations as educators in the Oklahoma City public schools and moved to Denver, Colorado in 1964 where Jerry taught Mathematics and then became a high school principal in the Jefferson County public school system.
In 1984 they moved to Bozeman and became owners of Charlie’s, a favorite downtown restaurant. In 1997 they became managers of a private fly fishing club on the banks of the Henry’s Fork River in Island Park, Idaho. Returning to Bozeman in 2007, Jerry began tutoring students in math at the Adult Learning Center.
Jerry was an avid fisherman and served on the Henry’s Fork Foundation Board while living in Idaho. He also enjoyed hiking, golf, reading, singing, and travel.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and sang in the church choir. He also sang in the Bozeman Symphony Choir for a number of years.
He is survived by his wife, Betsy, two brothers, Wyatt D. (Yvonne) Crabs, Ponca City, Oklahoma, and Tony D. Crabs (Bonnie) of Sugar Land, Texas.
A celebration of Jerry's life is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, November 4, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church, 26 W. Babcock, Bozeman, MT 59715. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 26 W. Babcock, Bozeman, MT 59715; Family Promise of Gallatin County, 429 E. Story, Bozeman, MT 59715; or a charity of your choice.