Jonathon Francis Schwartz, 44, unexpectedly passed away on March 5, 2016, at the family home near Ferdinand, Idaho. His sudden passing was due to a heart condition. John was born in Cottonwood, Idaho, on Oct. 22, 1971, to Herman B. Schwartz and Paula (Molnar) Schwartz of Ferdinand, Idaho. He was the youngest of eight children.
John attended 12 years of primary school in Cottonwood, Idaho, and graduated from Prairie High School in 1990. He pursued a college education attending Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, to study chemical engineering prerequisites. John continued his education at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., where he studied chemical engineering. He eventually returned to the family farm and ranch where he lived and helped.
John enjoyed a love of sports, especially baseball and football. He always had a passion for the Boston Red Sox and the San Diego Chargers, never losing faith in his beloved teams. In his grade school years, John played baseball in a youth league. He was a lead pitcher with a good arm.
Always on a quest for more knowledge, reading was a favorite pastime. His interests included sports, science, astrology, history, mathematics, geography and many other topics. His memory and recall were incredible and he was always willing to take the time to address questions.
John was a practical, genuine, very quiet, no-nonsense kind of man. Courtesy and politeness were also part of his nature. He was a very private person who never wanted for much and didn’t surround himself with material items. He always left you smiling with his quick wit and humor.
His father, Herman B. Schwartz, and an infant brother, Joseph Schwartz, preceded John in death.
John is survived by his mother, Paula Schwartz in Ferdinand, Idaho; seven siblings, brothers, Kermitt Schwartz, Loren Schwartz, Ed Schwartz (Linda Mather) and James (Shelly) Schwartz; sisters, Bernadette Schwartz (Dave Parker), Celine Schwartz (Mike Linstrum), and Maria Schwartz; nieces, Nabila (Ken) Lulow and Madeline Schwartz; nephews, Garrett Linstrum, Jeremiah Schwartz and Derreck Schwartz.
It is with heavy hearts and much sadness that we say goodbye. May the good Lord watch over you in the Heavens above until we all meet again. You will be greatly missed.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan
Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out. - Carl Sagan
A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at the Assumption Catholic Church in Ferdinand, Idaho. Burial will follow at the Ferdinand Community Cemetery. Luncheon to follow at the Ferdinand Parish Hall. Services are under the direction of Uhlorn Funeral Home in Cottonwood, Idaho.