On Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022, Ronald Lewis Carpentier passed away peacefully in his home with family by his side. Ron was born on November 26, 1934, in Boise, ID, to Ernest and Arline Carpentier. Ron had an older brother, Richard, and they lived a great childhood. They grew up in Boise (on 15th & Brumback) and at the family homestead in Garden Valley (founded in 1863), and all over Idaho; while their father worked as a State Assessor. Ron attended Washington Elementary, North Junior High, and Boise High, where he met the love of his life, Beverly Balderston.
Ron had a wonderful childhood - playing football, skiing, water-skiing, and getting into general mischief with his “Gang”, John Carley, Ron Daly, Gary Ferney, Bill Sellars, and Dick Ennis - all great friends from the Treasure Valley. Ron worked several jobs, one being a “Bellhop” at the Boise Hotel in downtown Boise. In high school, Ron also joined the ROTC, knowing he wanted to serve in the military soon after he graduated in 1952. Ron took a little time off, learning the basics at Boise Junior College, then he enlisted in the Air Force in 1954 and became a top Pilot Instructor, logging hundreds of hours and preparing the best of the best to fly for our country. In 1956, while Ron finished Flight Instructor School (and got his wings) in Selma, Alabama, Bev took spring break from BJC and joined her “Babe” there to be married.
While serving his active duty at Webb AFB, in Big Springs, Texas, they (well, mainly Bev) gave life to Kevin Ernest, then Kamali. After concluding active service in 1959, Ron returned to college to become an Engineer in Seattle, while the Easter bunny brought the first baby in the Pacific time zone, Kelly Logan. Ron tried working a job with Boeing, but that just wasn’t exactly what the two of them wanted in life. So…they packed their things, their 3 young children, and moved to Pocatello for both of them to finish school at Idaho State and become Pharmacists. Eventually, the whole family moved in with Ron’s mom, Arline (in Boise), while a house was built on Hillway Drive in the Northend of Boise. Ron, ever the Patriot, joined the Reserves (then after that, the National Guard) and spent a week every year serving at Gowen Field or in Mountain Home. Ron started his Pharmacy career at Bruce Hill’s Rexall drug (at 8th & Fort) and then had a long career at Potter Drug on Orchard St.
Ron was the perfect father, and Bev was the perfect mother. They always gave the family all the attention they needed, whether it was going on vacations to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Seattle, or Montana; all the while instilling culture and social values that we all grew to love and appreciate. Ron was one of the best joke tellers of all time. Almost every day, he came home with a new joke; told to him by one of hundreds of his customers. His memory was amazing. He could tell jokes to all his customers, and make their day. He knew everyone’s names, details about their family, and still gave pharmaceutical advice to make their lives a little better. Ron also continued to do anything he could to help everyone around him, in the community, and his family:
- He was a member of the Armed Forces Committee of the Chamber of Commerce
- He became a Charter Member to the Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood
- Ron was a Long-Time member of the Capital City Pharmacy Association, serving many years as President
- He received the Burroughs Educational Award in 1978, $750, donated to ISU
- He became a member and leader of the charitable organization, The Capital City Kiwanis Club, spending many weekends, holidays, and whenever needed, to help the community in any way he could, becoming President in 1983-84 and receiving the Kiwanis Distinguished President Award in 1985
- He was a St. Al’s Tree of Life Donor, and a BSU Alumni donor
- He was a Bronco Booster of the “Buckaroo Club”, and held season tickets for the football games for many, many years
- He was a member of the BSU “Circle K” supporting Key Clubs from Borah & Kuna high schools
- He was a member of the Builder’s Clubs for East & West Junior High
- He became a Cub Scout Pack, then Troop, then Den Leader, giving even more of his free time to help young boys become the best they could be, helping them get their badges, and camping out at the old Carpentier Homestead in Garden Valley.
- He attended every one of his children’s events: Plays for Kami, Music Concerts for Kevin & Kelly, and every momentous occasion that came along.
Ron worked, played, partied, and enjoyed life more than most people can even imagine. A new concept, the “Chain Drug Pharmacy/Grocery store,” Smith’s Food & Drug, came to Boise in the 80s. Ron was offered the highest salary of any Pharmacist & Manager in Idaho - to bring his expertise, professionalism, humor, and (of course) hundreds of customers from Potter Drug.
- In 1986, Ron received the prestigious Idaho State Pharmaceutical Association, Pharmacist of the Year award.
- From 1986-87, he was the ISPA’s secretary
- From 1987-88 he served as ISPA’s Vice-President
- From 1988-89 he became President-Elect
- From 1989-90, Ron became the President of the ISPA
Still somehow finding “time” to enjoy himself, Ron built a radio-controlled racecar track at the homestead ranch, complete with pond, fountain, jumps, hairpin turns, and even a shaded area to relax. Ron & Bev travelled the country with their friends Alan & Barbara Earl, whom they also gave (for a dollar) 2.02 acres to build their own namesake cabin on the ranch property.
After Smith’s Food & Drug warned of their departure from the Boise area, Ron was offered a job as the Pharmacy Manager at Albertson’s on Vista/Overland, where he stayed until his retirement from pharmacy.
Ron was also overly generous. He gave to his kids, to charity, to his wife, and to himself; living every day to its fullest. When Ron & Bev retired in the 90s, he worked part time at the St. Alphonsus Outpatient Pharmacy, just for fun, for awhile. However, to truly enjoy retirement, they both eventually gave up their licenses and…
- Bought a condo on Kauai, Hawaii for the winter-time
- Stayed at the Family Homestead Ranch in the summer
- Smoothed out the racecar track, and put in an amazing, ranch 11-hole golf course that was broadcast on KTVB, with Roger Miller, called “Hummingbird Hills”
- Travelled and partied the world with their friends, Charlie & Joan Wilson
- Spent time with their grandchildren Jessica and Kendra
They lived. They laughed. They loved. But, as life is, things always change:
On July 4, 2002, while enjoying a beautiful day at the ranch, Ron suffered a debilitating stroke that ended up paralyzing the entire right side of his body. Having to face the rest of his life severely handicapped, Ron faced it with an unbelievably positive attitude, where most people might have given up. He kept a certain twinkle in his eye, a smile on his face, and good spirits that rubbed off on everyone he met. He still laughed. He still loved. He still lived.
Ron & Bev sold the place in Hawaii, bounced around to a few places in Boise, Meridian, and Eagle, and finally found their last true home in Touchmark at Meadowlake Village in Meridian, where…
- He loved scooter-poopin’ around the grounds every day that weather permitted, and every chance he got
- He played bingo
- He and Bev took the Touchmark tours, ate at new restaurants, and attended fun events & concerts
- Ron still came up to the ranch and rode the golf cart all over the 67 acres
- Ron saw his granddaughter Kendra get married to Ryan at the first wedding held at the Homestead Carpentier Ranch in 150 years
- Ron made it through very difficult illnesses and injuries for 20 years, until he finally realized that he had done everything he wanted to do… and enough was enough.
Ron Carpentier was too good to be true. But that was Ron, and he was especially lucky to experience a rare 66 years of being married to the same caring, incredible woman all of his life, who took care of him through the roughest 20 years anyone should ever have to experience. She was his rock. She was his soulmate…His “BeBe.” Ron loved. Ron laughed. Ron lived his way. And, as ol’ Blue Eyes sang, Ron’s favorite song, “That’s Life!”
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