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Richard Lee Chauvin

August 25, 1947 ~ October 28, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old

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Richard Chauvin, known to family and friends as Rick, was born in Boise, Idaho, on August 25, 1947, and died peacefully at his home on October 28, 2023, at the age of 76 after a quick battle with cancer. He was the middle child of  Robert Chauvin and Betty Horton. He and his two siblings, Robert Chauvin Jr and Kathy Lenhart, grew up in Boise.

Rick attended Borah High School and took classes at Boise Junior College, before entering the army, where he spent two years in Germany. He often spoke of his international traveling experiences and was proud of his army career. Later in life, he worked as a meat cutter at various stores, including Albertsons and Fred Meyer (from where he retired). But the best place he worked and never forgot was the Gear Jammer Truck Stop in Mountain Home. The owners were like family to him.

During these early years, he met his life partner, Geraldine Steffler Haroldsen, known to most as Gerri. Although Rick was advised to get out of a relationship with a woman who had 4 daughters, Rick stuck with it. They had one son together, Richard Nicholas Chauvin. Through marriage, Rick gained 4 stepdaughters, Kim, KaLoni, Kelli and Kori.

Rick loved all sports. If he could watch it on TV, he would watch it.  He even played football in high school and college, although he claimed he never got onto the playing field. He also participated in Flag Football. If one asked him his favorite sport, he might have said football, but we all know his favorite sport was Horse Racing. He was devastated when Boise no longer offered this pastime of his. But don’t fret, he and Gerri made up for the loss with trips to Jackpot, Reno, Vegas. If it had slot machines, they were willing to add it to their list of destinations.

Rick was very easy going, happy to sit in the background of a room and not demand attention. He had an enormous heart and a quick wit. He was inconspicuously clever and knowledgeable. His compassion extended to strangers in need as well as family members, both immediate and distant. He supported his kids and grandkids by attending various school activities, sporting events, and  birthday parties. His friends were many. Everyone who knew him at O’Michael’s, his favorite neighborhood hangout, enjoyed his friendship and jokes.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents. The family members Rick left behind are numerous. He is survived by his wife, Gerri, 1 son, 4 stepdaughters, and their significant others. They include: Nick Chauvin (Emily); Kim Cunnington (Mike); KaLoni Palmer (Mark); Kelli Tomlinson (Richard); Kori Barrett (Dustin). In addition, he leaves behind 20 grandchildren and great grandchildren and his two siblings and their families. He will be missed by all who knew him and he will live on in our hearts.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Rick on Saturday, November 18, from 3:00-7:00 pm at O’Michael’s Pub & Grill, 2433 N Bogus Basin Road in Boise. In lieu of flowers, you can donate to a charity of your choice in Rick’s name.


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