September 6, 1958 — January 11, 2020
Ernest Rudolph Foote, "Rudy", passed away
January 11, 2020 in Boise Idaho. He was born September 6, 1958 in Hialeah
Florida to Barnard A. and Dorothy M. Foote. Rudy was the youngest of six
siblings. Growing up in Florida, Rudy often recalled going into the citrus
grove at the end of Grace Avenue, picking grapefruit and eating it right there
amongst the trees. Rudy had aspirations of being a professional baseball player
but had to settle with Adult softball leagues.
After graduating from Cocoa
High School in 1976, Rudy joined the US Marine Corps where he traveled on board
Navy ships to the Philippines, Guam, Saipan, Okinawa, and Korea. It was
post-Vietnam and though it wasn't "war time", he stated there were
still missions to carry out. He also had the honor of working at the National
Security Agency, one of his favorite tours of duty in his military career. He
separated from USMC in 1982, honorably discharged. He joined the Cocoa Army
Guard reserve in 1982. He then had an honorable separation from the Army Guard
In 1979 Rudy started at the
Brevard County Sheriff’s Department thus starting his 38 years of community
service in law enforcement. 1982 Rudy started with the Cocoa Police Department.
He served as a uniformed Patrol officer, Motorcycle and homicide officer. Rudy
came to Idaho in 1996 where he worked at Idaho Department of Corrections
leading way to his employment at Elmore County Sheriff’s Department. Rudy
retired from ECSO in January 2019 as a Sergeant of Detectives and was looking
forward to a long and fun filled retirement. This plan was interrupted with the
diagnosis of lung cancer, from asbestos exposure, in July 2019.
His greatest joys were his two daughters, Kimberly
Rodriguez and Jennifer Venuto (Paul). The daughters blessed him with 3 granddaughters,
Kristina and Summer Moore and Kinsley Rodriguez. He loved hearing from his
girls, all of them, anytime, anywhere about anything. Rudy was very proud and
protective of his young ladies.
Rudy met Betty April 2010; they were married April 2,
2011. They were two peas in a pod, a perfect match in every way. One was not
complete without the other. They loved to be together where laughter came easy.
Rudy and Betty loved the cabin in Cascade, Idaho it was their getaway, their
sanctuary. They loved to pick huckleberries, walking down to the lake and going
for rides up the mountain. Rudy loved the outdoors and hunting with his friend
Tom. He was a wonderful chef, he loved to BBQ and smoke delicious food. He
loved to share that food with his dear friends Tom and Tabbatha. Rudy looked
forward to his lunches with Rich and Laytreda where they could laugh and
reminisce over a good steak. Rudy cherished the relationships he was able to
form with his step-sons Anthony (Mattison) and Damian D'Amato.
Rudy leaves behind the love
of his life, his rock, his best friend of 10 years, Betty Foote, 3 sisters,
Linda Simmons (Steve) of Utah, Amy Mayo from Georgia, Camille Gray and brother
Andrew B. Foote (Jessica) from Florida, two daughters, Kimberly Rodriguez and
Jennifer Venuto (Paul), three Granddaughters, Kristina and Summer Moore and
Kinsley Rodriguez, two step-sons, Anthony (Mattison) and Damian D'Amato and
many nieces and nephews whom he loved with alt his heart. He was preceded in
his father Barnard (BA), his mother Dorothy, Sister Shirley
Anne Tremblay and Brother in Law, Charles Mayo.
was the kind of guy that you couldn't help but like. He was a smart, caring
compassionate and loving man, yet he could be firm and stern if needed. He made
you laugh when you wanted to scream or cry. Rudy was easily liked by many folks
even when the conditions were controversial. He risked losing it all,
professionally and personally, to stand up for what was right. He will be
missed terribly by family and close friends. There was only one Rudy Foote, a
bright shining soul that is now in heaven.
was solid in his faith in our Lord. This was one area Rudy would not
compromise. On January 11, 2020 God gained a fearless warrior for the gates of
heaven, none more faithful. Semper Fidelis Marine.
"l have fought the good fight, I have
finished my course, I have kept the faith" 2 TIM 4:7.