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John Reavis

d. January 31, 2017

John Dwayne Reavis passed away on January 31, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. John was born on September 13, 1935 in Superior, Montana, to Jack and Ethel Foster. The early years for he and his brothers Jim and Dan were adventurous, nomadic and sometimes troubled. As boys, John and his brother Jim were adopted by C. Ben and Leveta Reavis. John always regretted that he was separated from his brother Dan who went to another adoptive home. C. Ben was employed by the Social Security Administration and he was determined to show the boys the United States. They moved to several States during his childhood until they settled in Boise, Idaho. John was very proud of the number of states that he had lived in or visited, claiming thirty-six states by the time he was sixteen years old. On Easter Sunday 1953, John met the love of his life Donna Marie Ward. On October 15, 1953 he dared her to marry him that very day and so she did. This led to a marriage of 63 wonderful years with Donna by his side. John was the proud father of three children, Dale, Craig and Linda. John started his career with Idaho Power Company working on the mobile construction crew. In order to provide stability for his family, John took a permanent job, with Idaho Power, in Pocatello so that their oldest son could start school. He loved working for Idaho Power and retired after a forty year career. His last position was as Pocatello dispatcher. He made lifelong friends of his Idaho Power coworkers and he treasured each until the very end. Johns life and hobbies centered on his children, grandchildren and friends. Family vacations were spent camping and traveling so he could share his love of hunting, fishing and seeing different parts of the country. He loved telling jokes and not necessarily true stories. His collection of goofy hats and bawdy toys is well-known. John and Donna spent countless, happy times at their cabin in Island Park snow machining, fishing or puttering around, fixing up the place. After John retired they spent the harsh winter months in Parker, Arizona where they soon made many friends. John is survived by his wife, Donna; sons, Dale (Holly) and Craig (Martha); brothers, Jim Reavis and Dan (Carol) Hilkerbaumer; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Linda. The family would like to express deep gratitude to all the caring staff at Portneuf Medical Center, Quinn Meadows, Gateway and Encompass Home Health and Hospice for the loving care given to John and our family over the past several months. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 12 noon at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4 th Ave. Pocatello, ID, with a viewing from 10:30 am 12 noon before the services. TO VIEW THE LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST, COPY AND PASTE THE LINK BELOW IN A NEW TAB. IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL 208-233-1500.


02/06/2017 10:30


Hawthorne and Quinn LDS Building

4010 Hawthorne Rd




Funeral Service

02/06/2017 12:00

Colonial Chapel

2005 S 4th Ave




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