Beloved husband, dad, grandad, brother, and friend, Jon Robert Wilson, passed away on Dec. 23, 2022, in Boise, Idaho. Jon was born July 11, 1955, to James and Marjorie Wilson in El Dorado, Kansas. He was the third of four boys: Jim, Tom, Jon, and Mike. His brothers were the perfect childhood companions for honing his comedic and argumentative talents that not only served him well in his future pursuits as a lawyer, but undoubtedly were the inspiration for many goodhearted laughs and eyerolls from family and friends.
Jon earned a B.S. in Political Science from Kansas State University where he graduated cum laude in 1977. He went on to earn a M.A in Political Science (American Government and Public Administration with a Minor in Community and Regional Planning) from the University of Nebraska in 1979. Jon continued his pursuits of higher learning at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where he earned a J.D. in 1982, graduating in the top third of his class. Jon would have also wanted noted how long he spent paying back the student loans and was never anyone to leave money on the table. Just ask anyone who ever played penny poker with him.
Jon practiced law in Boise for 35 years. During that time, Jon touched the lives of many. He offered nonjudgmental guidance when, often, they were facing some of the worst moments of their life. He often said that everyone is human, and no one is perfect then jokingly add, except for him. He worked all hours and went out of his way to be available for his clients, offering more comfort than he probably ever realized or would admit.
Jon would be the first to tell you that his greatest pride is his family, including the love of his life, his wife, Theresa.
Jon was the father of two girls, Jessica and Alison. He never passed up an opportunity to tell them how much he loved them or how proud he was of them, but he never missed a chance to impart a sage piece of wisdom punctuated by a corny dad joke and hug. This love and affection not only extended to his grandchildren, Jack, Eloise, Abby, Carson, Robbie, Rowan, and Skylar, but to his bonus children as well, Tia, Tabias, and Cole.
Jon had a lot of love to give, but none of it would have been as meaningful without the good sport to all his antics, Theresa Edwards. Together they did everything, and everything was better because they were together. They raised an ever-expanding family, worked side by side to build a business, traveled all over the country enjoying good food and wine, seeking treasures from every antique store known and not known that could fit in their vehicle, went to football games (Go Broncos!), were season ticket holders for The Morrison Center, attended concerts, played all manner of board and card games, watched football (How ‘bout them Chiefs?!), and explored hobbies liked fly fishing and photography. Somehow, they even managed host backyard BBQ’s, holiday gatherings, and elaborate Halloween parties that will be talked about for years to come. Each event designed to bring family and friends together.
Jon’s life was full, and everyone blessed enough to know him and be loved by him were even fuller.
There are so many ways one can attempt to measure a person’s life by, Jon’s is best measured by the legacy of love and laughter he brought to the world.
Jon is survived by his wife, Theresa Edwards. Also, daughter Jessica Hight, her husband, Jared, and grandchildren Jack, Eloise and Abby; daughter Alison Nahas and grandsons Carson and Robbie; son Tabias (T.C.) Moya, his wife Kiley and grandchildren Rowan and Skylar; daughter Tia Moya and Cameron Erickson and son Cole Moya.
Also surviving are his brothers and their wives: Jim and Grace Wilson, Rev. Tom Wilson and Dr. Ruth Weber, and Mike and Anita Wilson.
In memory of Jon and to continue his legacy, show kindness, never leave your love unspoken, and never pass up an opportunity to make a corny joke.
For information about memorial services or to leave a message for the family, visit (www.aldenwaggoner.com). Memorials may be sent to: The Idaho Humane Society
A viewing will be held on Friday, January 6, 2023 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, Boise.