Elvin “Pfeff” Pfefferkorn was born Nov. 20. 1944, in Grangeville, Idaho, and left us much too soon on Sept. 13, 2016, in Lewiston, Idaho.
Elvin attended school in Kooskia, Idaho, graduating in 1963. After graduation he attended Lewis Clark State College pursuing a degree in education. During college, Elvin married Carolyn Davis, and they started a family soon after, Jana born in 1964, Brad in 1965 and Ty in 1974. Elvin was first hired to teach 6th grade in Orofino and the family moved there before the 1967-68 school year. Pfeff taught PE for many years, starting in the early 70s. He moved back to 5th and 6th grade later in his career. Pfeff was blessed to have a job he loved, he enjoyed working with the kids and helping them excel. Soon after moving to Orofino, Pfeff became an assistant football coach, for 20 years, and later coached track and field. His summers were busy with a summer track program where he took athletes all over the country as well as traveling to Korea, China and Australia. Pfeff started officiating at track meets working his way up to the national championships and in 1996 was asked to officiate at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
After retiring from teaching in 2000, Pfeff moved back to his hometown of Kooskia and became a member of the Kooskia City Council and commissioner for Kidder Harris Road District. He also got back to coaching helping with track, specifically the pole vault. He was coaching cross-country right up to the day he went to the hospital.
Pfeff is survived by his daughter Jana; son, Brad (Alisa); ex-wife, Carolyn; grandchildren, Aliesha, Sharesa and Jerred; also sisters, Peggy Fitting, Leah Laufenberg (Dave) and brother Verle (Colleen); and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by son, Ty, and his parents, Dorrence and Devota Pfefferkorn.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Clearwater Valley High School gym in Kooskia at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been set up in Pfeff’s name at Umpqua bank.
Potluck dinner to follow the service in the cafeteria.