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Al LeFavour

June 5, 1941 ~ October 15, 2021 (age 80)

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Al LeRoy LeFavour passed on October 15, 2021 at West Valley Medical Center of Pneumonia a complication from his bout with COVID.  Al a resident of Caldwell for the last 16 years was born in Nampa at Mercy Hospital in Nampa on June 5, 1941 to Clarence and Opal LeFavour.  He was the fourth eldest of ten siblings.   Growing up the family lived in Idaho City where Al loved to be in the mountains working with his dad at their family mine or helping to log wood, as that was one of Clarence’s trades.  The family would live in town during the winter months and stay in the mountains in the summer.  This time in his life were some of his fondest memories.  Al would tell a story of how he was at school one day and convinced  all of the other boys in the school that they should take a walk during recess, when recess was over and none of the boys returned the teacher of course was concerned and began looking for them everywhere.  Al and the other children could be found up on the hill overlooking the school watching everyone looking for them. At age 11 the family moved to Nampa having suffered a fire at their residence in Idaho City.  Al joined the US Army and became a Ranger in 1958 where he was stationed at Fort Hood during the same time Elvis Presley was there.   His service was cut short when he was called home to help with family. 

A true jack of all trades and a master of many. Al worked as a self-taught and accomplished welder, master mechanic, irrigation specialist, bass and lead guitar player, vocalist, truck driver and taxi driver just to name a few.  He lived by the moto his father always told him if it worked once it would work again.  He may have only had an 8th grade education but had the mechanical mind of a genius.   He could fix just about any engine or electronic device and loved to work with wood.  Al traveled throughout the US playing in bands and driving big rigs, visiting nearly every state in the union.  Having once played at the Grand Ole Opry, an accomplishment he was very proud of and rightfully so.  Not only did he master these trades but he enjoyed sharing his knowledge with his children, grandchildren, friends and anyone willing to listen.    One example is how he taught his children using riddles so that they would learn problem solving skills.    

Al was a man who loved his family.  He enjoyed spending time with his brother Don and cooking up pranks to pull on his other siblings, children and spouses.  He was proud of his children and even more proud of his grandchildren.  He could always find a minute to tell you what they were up to. A tradition he passed to his children, that has now passed to his grandchildren was going to the mountains and cutting down our own Christmas tree.  In his later years he enjoyed being home and sharing precious moments with his love, Leann. 

Al is survived by his better half Leann Blele; Children: Richard LeFavour and Valerie Clark, Mitch and Charlotte Young, Susan McFarland and Nichole and Miguel Devaney; Grand Children:  Austin Hansen, Christopher & Robin Young, Tyler Devaney, Ashley Devaney and Nickolas Hansen; Siblings: Dorrie & Cletus Compton, Lorraine Hunemiller and Clarence LeFavour, ex-wife Chris LeFavour as well as too many nephews and nieces to name.  Proceeding Al in his passing were his parants, one brother and five sisters.

Al was an incredibly caring man who touched the lives of those he crossed paths with.  Always willing to lend a hand or tool should you need one.  He will be missed but remembered fondly. 

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