In memory of
Joe Yrazabal
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In memory of
Joe Yrazabal
Joe Vicente Yrazabal June 20, 1932 - January 10, 2017 Joe V. Yrazabal passed away peacefully on January 10, 2017 at home surrounded by his family and friends after battling a long illness. Joe was born on June 20, 1932 in Mountain Home, Idaho to Jose M. Yrazabal and Andresa Monesterio Yrazabal. He grew up with a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins in Mountain Home, spending his early summers in his father's sheep camp. Joe attended grades one through six at Mountain Home Elementary School, where he was a crack roller skater and spent time playing with friends and cousins. Joe's family moved to Boise, Idaho, November 20, 1945 after his father retired and sold his sheep company. Joe attended Franklin Grade School, which he loved, until the eighth grade and entered high school at Boise High in 1948 after Franklin closed its doors. Joe enjoyed playing baseball and skiing. It was at Boise High that Joe met Josephine Lizaso, the girl who would become the love of his life – eventually. Joe graduated in 1950, two years before Josephine, and enrolled at Boise Junior College to study machine shop. He enlisted in the United States Air Force January 31, 1951 to serve his country during the Korean War. He was called to active duty April 1, 1951, and served stateside for 21 months specializing in aircraft maintenance. Joe was discharged January 1, 1952 without seeing action in-country. He continued to serve full-time in the Idaho Air National Guard until 1968. In the meantime, Joe reconnected with the girl he met in high school Spanish class and whose attention he had previously tried, to no avail, to get. Josephine finally gave him a chance. They dated for four years and were married July 14, 1956. Their first child, Vicki, was born December 9, 1957. Their second child, Anna, was born March 3, 1963. Joe and Josephine were married 60 years. Joe went to work for Boise Cascade Aviation in 1963, where he enjoyed a long, successful career, first as an aircraft mechanic and then as the Director of Aircraft     Maintenance, until January 1, 1991. He served on the International Aviation Committee for Falcon Jet headquartered in France. He traveled extensively for Boise Cascade, flying as far away as Argentina to check the maintenance of their jets. Unable to sit still during retirement, Joe and Josephine founded Double J Enterprises where he performed electronic measurement and the manufacture of specialized parts for many different types of machines, autos, and aircraft. Joe was a fine inventor and co-owner of a patent with his son-in-law Lloyd. He engaged in a full-time wood working hobby, wherein he made everything from intricate, delicate items which Josephine would paint and display around their house and the houses of their children, to queen-sized four poster beds and walking sticks and canes which were hand-drawn with his father's hand tools. Joe was a devout Catholic throughout his life attending at various times St. Mary's, St. Francis, and Holy Spirit Catholic churches. At Holy Spirit he was on the parish counsel for many years as well as serving on the building committee for Holy Spirit. At the time of his death, Joe was a member of Risen Christ Catholic Community on Lake Hazel Road. He derived great pleasure in hand-making various canes and walking sticks for members of the parish and for parish fund-raisers. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Vicente Yrazabal and Andresa Monesterio Yrazabal; by his four older siblings, Tony Yrazabal, Genevieve Aldecoa, Bennie Estes, Mary Anduiza and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Joe is survived by his only true love, Josephine, daughters Vicki Yrazabal Looney (Lloyd Looney) and Anna McCreath (Brian McCreath), and his two beloved grand-daughters, Lauren McCreath and Andresa McCreath, sister-in-law, Mary Yrazabal, and numerous nieces and nephews. A rosary in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be held at 10:30 a.m. on January 16, 2017, and a funeral to celebrate his life will follow immediately at 11:00 a.m. at Risen Christ Catholic Community on Lake Hazel between Cloverdale and Five Mile. Interment will follow at the Risen Christ Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to Risen Christ Knights of Columbus Medical Equipment Program, attention Dale Anderdson, 11511 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, Idaho 83709 or your favorite charity. The family would like to sincerely thank Father Antton Egiguren and Mary Guerricabetia for their many delightful visits to the Yrazabal home after Joe became too incapacitated to leave the house, the Risen Christ Knights of Columbus and Dale Anderson, St. Luke's Hospice, Idaho Cardiology, Dr. Chi and staff, Dr. Meier at Idaho Arthritis Center, St. Luke's Home Health Care, Dr. R. Axtel, and Katie Donahue for their kind support. Good-bye, Dad. Please continue to watch over us like you have our whole lives. Arrangements are through Summers Funeral Home, Ustick Chapel. 3629 E. Ustick Rd. Meridian, ID 83646 208-898-0642
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