Stan Devin, 78, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. He was born June 17, 1936, as his parents, Ira and Oleta Devin and his nine siblings were moving from Flora, Ore., to Culdesac, Idaho. A brief stopover was made in Asotin, Wash., at his grandparent’s home for his “special delivery.” Stan has been on the move ever since.
In 1945 his folks bought a 400-acre farm two miles east of Lapwai, Idaho, raising grain crops and running a Grade A dairy. This is where his dad instilled in him a work ethic that lasted his lifetime. He learned how to mechanic, weld, milk cows, plow behind horses, harvest grain on the steepest of hillsides, and learned volumes about caring for cattle and horses.
He attended school in Lapwai, Idaho, enlisted in the Army in 1954 spending a year in Korea as a tank recovery specialist, honorably discharged from the Army in 1957 and the National Guard in 1961.
Stan worked in several sawmills including Winchester, Elk City, Grangeville, Alaska, Wyoming, and finished his career in Mountain Home, Idaho. He managed to find the love of his life in between sawmills. It was a blind date in May of 1973 with Eddy; it was obvious they were meant to be, because they were married four short months later. Following a long career in sawmills, Stan switched gears to his second love of working with horses and raising cattle. He realized this dream by turning their “stump ranch” two miles above Mt. Idaho, into enough grassland pasture to carry 30 to 40 head of cows every summer.
Stan prayed a lot, worked hard, played hard, and tried to instill the value of an honest day’s work to his children and grandchildren that he was so proud of and loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and five sisters. He is survived by his wife, Eddy; and sons, Mike, Bill, Kenny and Kelly Devin; daughters, Beth Keeler, Susie Devin and Misty McColgan; grandchildren, Karen, Matt, Hailey, Sam, Scott, Amanda, Maria, Suzi May, Misty Jung, Marcia, Gregory, Jesse, Cori, Christopher, Liam; and a covey of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at the Mt. Idaho Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. with an honor guard by the American Legion Post 0037. Stan’s family invites all to visit after services at 108 South Mill Street (Devin’s Home Care Office) in Grangeville. Funeral arrangements are by Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
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