In Memory of Bob Rowett

Bob Rowett

Bob Rowett 7/14/1931 to 4/26/2012

Bob Rowett was a Mountain Home Idaho native and served his city, county and state as an attorney, Idaho State Senator and Idaho District Judge. After retirement he continued volunteering and serving on the Idaho Centennial Committee, as a volunteer for the city and county historical societies and with his church. He gave of himself willingly and without question no matter what was asked, humbly refusing accolades always. His quiet wit often took us unaware and his kindness to all never wavered. bob was diagnosed in mid-March, 2010 and died of pancreatic cancer just six weeks later, still researching answers to help find a cure.

Written by Patty Rowett-Matlock

Remembering Barb Hanson

Barb Hanson

Barb Hanson 1945 to 7/2/2000

In loving memory of my dear sister, Barb~~~

Barb was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, November 1999 and passed away 7 short months later. One day she was fine, then the next was given this diagnosis. Barb was an amazing wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend. She loved life and was a very outgoing individual. She fought this battle with all that she had. She lost this battle so now I, her sister, carry that battle forward by volunteering for PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK ( We MUST find an early detection method, to slow this train down and then move forward to a cure!

Written by Barb’s sister, Kathy Hlebichuk

In Honor of Deborah Shubin

Deborah Shubin

Deborah Shubin 8/14/1956 to 8/18/2009

On April 16, 2009, my Mother Deborah Shubin was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, at the age of 52.

After 3 months of agonizing stomach pains and a handful of misdiagnoses we finally knew. At the time of diagnoses we had no idea this would be a death sentence.

After seeing a doctor who gave us little hope I took my Mother to have a second opinion. Sadly, he gave us less hope then the 1st doctor. In a matter of a week from the diagnoses the cancer had spread to the liver and we were told that surgery wasn’t an option. They started intervence and oral chemo right away but she only lasted on it a little over a month and was to ill to continue to take it. She ended up in the hospital in early July. Less then 3 months after diagnoses we were told that there was nothing more the doctors could do but make her comfortable. She left the hospital in late July on hospice.

On August 18, 2009 only 4 months and 2 days after diagnoses, and only 4 days after her 53rd birthday she passed away. This cancer is an agressive, evil silent killer that needs to be stopped. We need early detection methods, more effective treatment options and more national and community awareness. Pancreatic cancer research needs to be a priority. Let find a cure!

Written by Deborah’s daughter, Crystal Buss

In Memory of Stella Ward

Stella Ward

Stella Ward 6/30/27 to 7/24/96

Stella was born June 30, 1927, Bridgeport, Nebraska, the daughter of Leigh and Nellie Ireland. She moved to Idaho with her parents and sister in 1944. She graduated from Middleton High School in 1945. On October 12, 1947, she married the love of her life, Earle Ward in Middleton. They made their first home in Garden Valley. They also lived in Grangeville, Headquarters, and Ketchum, Idaho while following Earle to various construction and logging jobs. In 1970 Earle and Stella opened a business, Warm Springs Greenhouse, in Garden Valley. She loved working side by side with her family and friends, building a successful business.

Stella was a 4-H leader in Garden Valley for 15 years, leading her 6 children and other youth in cooking and sewing projects. She was past president of the Garden Valley Syringa Club.

Stella enjoyed flowers of all kinds. She was an excellent seamstress, making most of her young children’s clothes. She followed her mother’s act of love, making quilts for her family. Stella was a loving wife, mother, sister and daughter. The family was always her priority in life. She will be remembered by all whose lives she touched.

Remembering Nellie Ireland

Nellie Ireland

Nellie Ireland 7/5/1903 to 8/31/1975

Nellie (Mitchell) Irelad was born July 5, 1903 in Wheatland, Missouri and was rised and educated in Bridgeport Nebraska. She was married to Leigh Ireland and they moved to Middleton Idaho in 1944.

She was a member of the First Baptish Church of Middleton, Pansy Rebekan Lodge No. 37, Middleton Grange No. 6 and Canyon Pomona Grange No. 4.

She lived only a few months after she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.

Written by Catherine Hall

Join Us at Eagle Hills Golf Course!

The 2nd Annual Mike Ohge Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted Saturday, June 23, 2012 by Eagle Hills Golf Course, is coming along nicely! We currently have 20 teams registered, 11 hole sponsors and prizes donated from over 30 local businesses. If you have not yet registered your team, there is still time to do so but make it fast because registration ends June 6th, 2012! Hope you’ll join us for this fun, 4 person scramble.

In Honor of Jen Stark

Jen Stark

Jen Stark 7/17/1949 to 4/24/2008

Jen was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on July 17, 1949, to Paul and Lucille “Jo” (Mensch) Brasch. She married Danny Stark on August 30, 1969, in Waterloo. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sullivan. She worked as a substitute aid in all the schools within the Jefferson School District for the past 18 years and for the past six years with kindergartners as a teacher’s aide at West Elementary School in Jefferson. Jen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and community member who touched the lives of many, and she will be greatly missed by all.

As an active community member, she served as the leader of the Sullivan Stars 4-H club for many years and participated in other civic organizations as well. Jen enjoyed travel and shopping and giving gifts to others she loved. One of her legacies was the more than 150 Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls she made for family and friend’s children when they were born. During her illness she started 6 new dolls that remain incomplete waiting for future grandchildren.

Written by Eric Stark

In Memory of Daniel Neil Morris

Daniel Neil Morris

Dr. Dan 5/5/1951 to 3/20/2011

Dan Morris, known as Dr. Dan to his students, dedicated his life to journalism, education and the pursuit of the democratic debate. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University and went on to obtain his Doctorate in Journalism from the University of Missouri. He was a reporter for many years at The Kansas City Star before he returned to academia as a professor of journalism at Boise State University. He relished his role as advisor for The Arbiter, the Boise State University student newspaper.

Dan had many passions including traveling the world, his beloved cats, spending time with his family, a good debate, and singing in his barbershop quartet.

Dan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the spring of 2008. The Boise Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network provided friendship, hope, and support to Dan and his family. To this, we will always be grateful.

Written by Amy Morris

A scholarship for Boise State students has been created in Dr. Dan’s name. For more information, please see our post here.

John Bradley – Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

The Memory Quilt - John Bradley

John Bradley - Survivor

John Bradley was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late November 2005. Fortunately he was operable and had one of the world’s best pancreatic cancer surgeons and oncologists handle his care. John endured weeks of radiation and months of chemotherapy after his surgery and was considered a survivor. His intense desire to live for his two sons and his incredible sense of humor also played a huge part in his recovery. John views every day as a gift and lives his life to the fullest extent possible.

In 2009 John decided that he wanted to do something positive and thus began to explore the possibility of bringing a pancreatic cancer awareness group to Boise, Idaho. From the first meeting he knew that this community needed a place for pancreatic cancer survivors and their families, and the friends and families of those who were not so fortunate, to take action and bring awareness of this terrible disease. By 2010 the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – Boise Affiliate was in place and has been working diligently to advocate, promote awareness, and give comfort.

John is an inspiration and gives hope to so many individuals not only in Idaho, but around the country.

Written by Wendy Stoneberg

Dr. Daniel N. Morris Memorial Scholarship

Special Announcement on Behalf of the Morris and Minkoff Families

March 21, 2012

Dear friends and family of Dr. Daniel Neil Morris,

We are pleased to announce the Dr. Daniel N. Morris Memorial Scholarship, an endowed fund available to the students of Boise State University.

The Dr. Daniel N. Morris Memorial Scholarship, awarded through the Communication Department, will provide financial assistance to students who can demonstrate their understanding of the role of journalism in promoting democracy.

Dan dedicated his life to journalism, education and the pursuit of the democratic debate. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University and went on to obtain his Doctorate in Journalism from the University of Missouri. He was a reporter for many years at The Kansas City Star before he returned to academia as a professor of journalism at Boise State University. He relished his role as advisor for The Arbiter, the BSU student newspaper.

Please take a look at the formal announcement below for more information on the scholarship and how to donate. Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt by mail for your gift.

The scholarship was made possible by an initial generous donation by Dan’s nephew, Edward Morris Minkoff.

We invite you to donate as a way to promote Dan’s legacy of friendship, education, and passion for the written word. And, please, if you know of friends of Dan that may be interested please forward on this announcement. **


The Morris Family and the Minkoff Family

Ways to contribute 

By mail: Boise State University Foundation, 2225 University Drive, Boise, ID 83706

Please be sure to notate the following on your check/online donation:
Designation: College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs
Account: Dr. Daniel N. Morris Memorial Scholarship

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