Harold A. M. Masters died peacefully at home during the early morning hours of Saturday, January 7, 2017. Dad’s passing was bathed in the prayers, appreciation and love of his family. Dad generously gave of himself to each of us, loving us unconditionally. His love and caring support were gifts that formed us, filled us and will be carried with us for the rest of our days.
He was a man of faith. The commandment to love neighbor as yourself was basic to his being and colored his way of life. He believed everyone was due respect and fair treatment. His kindness, gentle heart and ready smile were appreciated by all with whom he interacted.
Harold was born April 4, 1922 in Boise and lived his early years on the family homestead outside Eagle. Most of his schooling occurred while living with his grandparents in California. Harold graduated in 1940 from Burbank High School. After graduation he moved back to Boise soon meeting Barbara L. Colson. They were married on December 7, 1941 and lived together until Barbara died January 31, 2005.
During the war, he was in the Army Air Corp, being honorably discharged October, 1945. After the war Harold attended and graduated from Boise Junior College. He remained a lifelong Bronco supporter delighting in their victories.
After graduation from college he worked as a draftsman at the Boise architectural firm of Hummel, Hummel and Jones. Thereafter he was employed as the property manager by The Idaho First National Bank and then First Security Bank. In 1970 Harold chaired the Western Bank Property Management Group. During his banking tenure he oversaw the design, building and equipping of most of the system’s branch banks located in Idaho.
During his working years Harold was active in the Boise Exchange Club. Starting in 1964 through his passing, Dad was a member of the Greeters in El Korah Shriners. He was dedicated to raising funds for The Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
Harold was proceeded in death by his wife, Barbara, and by his son, Rick, and grandson, Travis. He is survived by four children and their spouses, Harold Joseph and Dixie Masters, G. Thomas and Kathleen Masters, Irene I. and Dirk Jansen, and Robert J. and Jovie Masters. He also is survived by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. During his last years he was blessed by the loving companionship of June Leary and his good friend Lee Read.
Services will be held at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2017. Grave side services will occur at Dry Creek Cemetery immediately following the service.
Memorials may be gifted in Harold’s name to the Shriners Hospital for Children – Travel Fund, El Korah Shriners 1118 W. Idaho St. Boise ID 83702.