Eugene Alva Burbidge, 87, of Boise, died Monday, August 3, 2015 at home of natural causes.
Gene was born on August 13, 1927 in Mesa, Idaho to Lawrence and May (Coriell) Larson. After his parents divorced, his mother married his adoptive father Paul Burbidge. Gene graduated from Boise High School 1945. He then went on to serve in both the United States Navy and the Air Force.
He attended and graduated from Boise Jr. College in 1948, and then went on to attend the University of Idaho from which he graduated with a Degree in Civil Engineering in 1954. He then did graduate work at Yale University, graduating with a degree in Traffic Engineering in 1956.
On March 20, 1949 he married Ramona L. Luther in Boise, Idaho.
Mr. Burbidge had a long and distinguished career of over thirty years with the Idaho Department of Transportation working in Jerome, Idaho Falls and Boise.
He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ serving as an Elder in the Idaho Falls church. He was active in the Professional Engineers and Toast Masters. He had many interests and hobbies including golf, skiing, fishing, and motorcycling with friends.
He is survived by his wife, Ramona Burbidge of Boise; four sons, John (Kelsey) of Boise, Craig of Los Angeles, CA, Alan of Idaho Falls and Kent of Boise; three daughters, Laura (Peter) Aton of Idaho City, Mellissa (Tony) Sadler of Fairfield, CA, and Kristen Burbidge of Los Angeles and Boise; his sister, Carol (Mel) Morford of Meridian; sixteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mae and Paul Burbidge and Lawrence and Della Larson.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 8, at the Boise Church of Christ, 2000 N Eldorado St, Boise, ID 83704. Pastors Kevin Skidmore and Mike Sanders will officiate. A committal service with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 10, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Friends are welcome.
Gene was an honorable man, faithful, loving and kind. His family served him faithfully during his last illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Camp Ivydale or the Biblical Studies Center; c/o Boise Church Of Christ, 2000 N Eldorado St, Boise, ID 83704.