Leverne H. (Vern) Jarvis passed away Monday, January 9th, 2023 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. Per Vern's request, there will be no public service. A memorial gathering is planned for later this year.
Vern was born January 22, 1945 at McCloud, California to Harold Jarvis and Pearl Heldstab Jarvis. Except for one year spent with his father in Crossett, Arkansas, he grew up in McCloud until his family moved to Boise, Idaho in 1959. Vern attended Boise High and married Nancy Kaufman in 1961. Their daughter Nancy Sue was born later that same year. The couple moved to Pocatello where Vern graduated in 1962 and soon enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Panama for the majority of his service. Upon discharge, he and Nancy settled in Boise where son Randy was born in 1968 and daughter Niki followed in 1971. During these years, Vern worked at several businesses, including Grand Central Stores and the City of Boise, before joining Unisource in 1973. He remained there 26 years in various positions and was proud of his driving and safety record. For 27 years with no accidents, Vern was recognized as Driver of the Year in 1991. In 1999, Vern decided to try different employment, working in coffee sales for White Cloud Coffee and then as a tow truck operator. He also worked for D & B Supply and eventually settled at West Coast Paper before retiring in 2010.
In 1986, he met and fell in love with Marcia Lightfoot. They were married more than 36 years at the time of his death, sharing many good years with family, friends and beloved pets before Parkinson's robbed him of his ability to walk and drive. Losing his mobility and freedom was devastating, but he took his illness in stride most of the time. With Marcia as his loving caretaker, they weathered the last few years together, growing stronger in their devotion to each other. Vern was usually a quiet man, but also had a good sense of humor and was always willing to help others. His loyalty and giving ways will be sorely missed by many.
Vern is survived by his son, Randy Jarvis of Scituate, Massachusetts, Niki Tomlinson (Wade) of Meridian, Idaho and four much loved grandchildren: Aubrey Tomlinson, Berit Jarvis, Drew Tomlinson and Elliot Jarvis. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Nancy Sue and a half-brother Rex Coates.
Many thanks to the All Care Hospice staff for their compassionate care and a special thanks to his best friend Steve Mele for his steadfast friendship and his faithful Friday night phone calls and visits.