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Wayne Robert Meyers
October 2, 1923 ~ May 1, 2018 (age 94)
Wayne Robert Meyers, 94, passed away May 1, 2018, at his home in Boise, Idaho, of causes incident to age. Wayne was born October 2, 1923, in Murray, Utah, to John Leonhart and Stella Pedersen Meyers. The second of three children, Wayne grew up roaming the fields and creeks nearby, hunting and fishing at every opportunity. These were hobbies he enjoyed throughout his life, and he continued to fish into his nineties.
After graduation from Murray High School, Wayne volunteered for military service in World War II. He served with honor in the Army Air Corps, flying a P-38 fighter in the Pacific Theater. An accomplished pilot, Wayne earned the rank of captain and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism.
After the war, Wayne returned to Murray, where he soon met and married Clara Jean Poulton. They were the parents of three boys, David, Ronald, and Ray. Their marriage was a happy one, lasting 62 years until Jean’s death in January 2010.
After graduation from the University of Utah as a business major, Wayne became a longtime employee of GMAC. His employment soon took him to Cedar City, Utah, where his family was raised. During these years, Wayne worked hard at his job. He also found time to hunt and fish with his own boys as well as many of his nephews, to coach Little League baseball, and to support his children consistently in their academic and sporting endeavors.
Wayne retired from GMAC at the age of 57, enjoying the extra leisure time retirement afforded. Wayne and Jean particularly enjoyed spending winters in St. George, Utah, with two of Jean’s sisters and their husbands and playing golf. In 2003, Wayne and Jean moved to Boise, Idaho, to be closer to their grandchildren. Here they enjoyed playing golf at the Plantation Country Club, where Wayne got a hole-in-one at age ninety.
Wayne is survived by his brother Clifford Meyers, sons David (Lorrie), Ronald (Martha), Ray (Debra), nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister June Paxton and one grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 9:45 AM on Tuesday, May 29, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Directly following the service, there will be a gathering at the home of Dave and Lorrie Meyers to which everyone is invited.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho.
The family wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to George and Julie Stevenson, Dolores Bonilla, and the staff of Treasure Valley Hospice for their kindness and care.
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