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Kenneth Hurt

Kenneth Hurt

Kenneth Herbert Hurt , 79 years, of Boise, Idaho, passed away on January 6, 2021, after a battle with kidney failure.

Kenny was born on October 26, 1941, to Earl Lewis Hurt and Catherine Orillia (Mott) Hurt of Boise, Idaho. He attended St. Mary’s, and St. Joseph’s grade schools, and went on to high school at St. Teresa’s in Boise, Idaho. Upon graduation in 1959 from St. Teresa’s he attended college in Boise, Idaho, at Boise Junior College and Boise State College with a degree.

After graduation from Boise, State, Ken landed a job with the State of Idaho, Department of Insurance. In 1959 he met Mary Ann Kimbrough and they were wed in 1962, going on to have three boys: Kenneth Michael Hurt, Todd Lewis Hurt, and Christopher Scott Hurt.

Kenny was a force of nature determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world. He always wanted to share how successful and loving his family was to both him and Mary Ann. He always tried his best to support them.

During Ken’s teen years, at 14 he was on his bike in the early mornings delivering newspapers for the Idaho Statesman. One of his favorite clients was Matilda Irazabal who loved and had many praises for his friendship and helping her with chores. Matilda introduced Kenny to the love of his life, Mary Ann Kimbrough. Matilda prepared a special Basque dinner served with a port wine. She invited Mary Ann and Kenny to dinner at her home. Matilda was Mary Ann’s supervisor at the Department of Law Enforcement where they both worked. Matilda kept telling Mary Ann that she had the boy for her! Looks like she knew what she was talking about. And so it is. Kenny and Mary Ann were married two years later: May 26, 1962. As a husband, Ken began by being kind and giving. He gave Mary Ann a ride home from a dance because her partner could not drive her home. Upon delivering Mary Ann to her home, he asked her if she would like to go to a movie with him the next night. Mary Ann accepted that date, and that was the beginning of a love affair for 61 years. We enjoyed fishing at Warm Lake, hiking in the mountains of McCall, Warm Lake, and up by Idaho City and various Idaho outdoor places -- Best friends forever!

Kenny did not know a stranger. He is known for his gift of gab. When he was in high school and beginning college he was a checker for M&W Market at 28 th and State Street. He always helped the ladies with their groceries, and helped wherever he was needed in the store. Kenny always wanted to be there and be helpful to anyone who needed help.

Kenny was also very passionate toward supporting the grandkids and their friends in all their sports and academic parts of their lives. He was unendingly proud of his sons and grandchildren and tried his best to support them.

Kenny was also passionate about golf, fishing, hunting, and following BSU football and basketball. He held season tickets to the Bronco Nation games: Section 101, seats 11 & 12, until of late. He loved the outdoors and working out at the gym. When he was not at home you could often see him at one of the grandkids’ games or school functions.

Anyone who knew Kenny knew that he was the most loving father and husband a family could ask for. Kenny was preceded by a grandson, Conner Christian Hurt, and his parents Catherine and Earl L. Hurt of Boise, Idaho. He is survived by: three sons: Kenneth Michael Hurt, wife Cheri and grandchildren: Josh Hurt, attending Dixie College in St. George, Utah. A granddaughter Whitney of Salt Lake City, Utah. A Son, Todd Lewis Hurt, Orofino, Idaho, and granddaughter Ali Marie Hurt of Boise, Idaho; a son, Christopher Scott Hurt and daughter in law Michele Drolet, and granddaughter Audrey C. Hurt and grandson Ethan Hurt, of Boise, Idaho. Kenny is also survived by a sister, Carolyn (Hurt) Gwyther and husband Tim Gwyther of Price, Utah. Neice Tori Gwyther, and nephews Brad Gwyther and wife and son of ???, and Matt Gwyther of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The family does not plan a formal funeral service due to Covid-19 and other cautions. His ashes will be spread on his favorite places in Idaho at another date and time for a family outing.

Kenny dedicated his life to helping. He is remembered for: Helping people know about insurance answers to their problems with insurance questions; SHIBA was a program at the Department of Insurance of Idaho that he prides in creating the program up for Idaho and teaching volunteers to continue the program upon for the state. Kenny is also known as the grandpa who was always there at Riverstone to pick his grandkids up from school and sometimes their friend. He attended almost all sports activities his grandkids participated in at Riverstone International School.

On a side story about Ken. He so loved his daughter-in-law Michele Drolet. As a favorite part of Ken’s life, he would gather up the Sunday Idaho Daily Statesman newspaper and take it over to Michele ever Sunday morning. He and Michele enjoyed the conversations on Sundays until he could no longer drive over to see her. These Sunday mornings were very precious to Ken’s time with Michele. His lover for her and their time together is priceless.

Kenny also loved to watch his grandson Conner as a wee lad play baseball as his dad coached the team. We would go watch every game and cheer him on. Ken watched his loving granddaughter Ali Marie do ballet and dance, junior high basketball, and gymnastics. Ken always had time for his grandchildren. He loved each and every one on their own unique way of developing who they wanted to be.

Ken’s retirement years were well spent: golfing with his sons, friends from work, and Todd and his friends too. Because Ken had the “gift of gab” he knew no strangers wherever he went. He made friends at Axiom Gym on ParkCenter, at M&W Market on Warm Springs, at the kids’ athletic endeavors, and anywhere else. While walking along the Boise River he would stop and talk to anyone who would listen to his fishing stories or stories about the grandkids, or BSU game stories.











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