For the entire Irons family, Penny
and Dale Cady, Doc and Annette Reichert and many more who called Ed Irons a
friend, an era of laughter, love and legendary storytelling ended the morning
of September 8
when he quietly passed-away.
Fortunately, the life Ed Irons lived
was larger than most people ever experience…leaving a legacy of epic fishing
stories and happy memories of someone who never aimed for “perfect”, but who
loved without limit and gave those closest to him a daily respect for life,
family, and the joy of following your own path.
Ed was born in Boise on January 7,
1948, the second child and first son of Edwin and Luddie “Elizabeth” Jorgensen
Irons, and was a lifelong resident of Boise.
His formative years were marked with experiences with his brothers that
were (thankfully) unknown to his parents and adults in their BSU-area
neighborhood. Luckily, the adventures of
his youth were tempered when he fell in love early with a younger girl who
brought a conservative calm and romance into his life.
On Feb. 5, 1965, “Eddie” was with his
friend Tom at Boise’s Skateworld and spotted Ann Kaeser. With complete resolve, he told his friend
“I’m going to marry that girl!” They dated
from that day on, and married on August 31, 1968…Ann’s parents having made her
wait until she was 18 years old. They
celebrated their 49
wedding anniversary the week prior to his
Ed Irons made a career selling carpet
to customers who he truly considered personal friends throughout his territory
in Idaho, western Montana, eastern Washington and eastern Oregon. Back injuries forced his retirement in 2007,
but he continued to keep tabs on his many customers. Hearing of Ed’s death, one of his favorite
clients said, “We all loved Ed. He was
the best rep we ever had.”
Throughout his life and into
retirement, Ed was always eager for his next fishing trip. He loved the time with friends, brothers, and
other family members out on a boat. Many
infamous stories resulted from his adventures on the water and throughout
Idaho’s beautiful natural surroundings where Ed laughed loud about following
his pole into the water, tipping boulders, and beating others back to the truck
for the last cookies and coffee.
In the middle of enjoying life to the
fullest, Ed’s “luck at being unlucky” baffled those who knew him and
experienced his triumph over multiple bouts of cancer and immense pain. His attitude and sheer will seemed to keep
everyone around him going…many family members believed throughout the years
that he was too strong to be beaten by any health crisis. When Ed came back from illness, he did so
with a vengeance.
Following his second bout with
cancer, Ed lead his sons Stan and Kennon in racing “Thunderdog Class” at the
Meridian Speedway. They spent hours
working on cars and haunting the racetrack.
Ed fondly credited racing with saving his life on more than one
Ed Irons connected strongly with many
special people he encountered along the way, and the adventures shared with Jo
and Galen, Ernie, Uncle Cliff, Wayne and Lynn are immortalized in the stories
he told often. To Eddie, those friends
and family members were deeply loved, and could count on him for loyal support
and encouragement through any challenge life presented.
Ed lived his life his way—loudly,
fully, and to the utmost. He had many friends over the years, but none closer
than his "sister" Penny and her husband Dale, and his
"brother" Doc and his wife Annette. The three couples have been
inseparable friends for 40 years, and they have been a huge support to Ed and
Ann through all of his health battles. Their friendship and laughter kept them
all young at heart.
Ed Irons’ legendary tales will be
gladly shared by those who survive him: his
wife, Ann, sons Stanley (wife Heidi), Kennon (partner
Sarah, and her children Sienna and Sydney), his brother Larry (wife Tracy),
grandson Devan, and numerous nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by
his parents, sister Linda, brothers Jerry and Bruce, a nephew, Adam, and his
in-laws, Don and Esther Kaeser.
The Irons family will have a viewing
at Alden Waggoner Funeral Chapel this Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. Memorial services for Ed Irons will
be Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church at Shoshone and
Cassia streets in Boise. A committal service will follow at Morris Hill