Jack C. Gilmer was reunited with family and friends that preceded him to a place with no pain and he regained his mind and memories.
Jack died on December 22, 2019 at Lakeside Memory Care, in Winchester, Idaho.
Jack was born on December 10, 1932 in Orofino, Idaho to Gayle Margaret Crockett Gilmer and Chic Byron Gilmer.
His father left the family when he was two and so his maternal grandparents, Oren and Nellie Gayle Crockett helped raise him.
He attended school in Orofino and graduated from Orofino High School with the class of 1952.
During school, he excelled in football, basketball and baseball under Wilbur “Monk” Montgomery. During Jack’s freshman year he was a member of the Idaho State Champion Class B Boys Basketball team of 1950. This team was recognized for being the State Champs in 2015 at a ceremony for IHSAA Legends of the Game.
Jack enlisted in the US Army, after graduation and was honorably discharged in 1954 as a staff sergeant in the Signal Corps. During this time, he was stationed for 18 months in Korea.
When he returned home he worked for Alph Johnson Lumber Company and became a skilled loader operator and truck driver.
In the following years he worked for Louis Porter, Potlatch Corporation and Konkolville Lumber Company. In 1989, he and his son bought a logging truck that his son drove. Jack retired in 1999.
Jack met and married Betty “Carol” Talbott on November 20, 1955 in Lewiston, Idaho. They welcomed Craig Alan Gilmer on November 3, 1956 in Lewiston, Idaho. Carol died December 11, 1969.
Jack met his longtime companion, Lola Ost in 1971 and she died in 2007.
His hobbies included walking, boating, raising a garden and visiting his friends.
His is survived by his son, Craig “Wally” (Tammy) Gilmer of Orofino and his granddaughter, Megan Gilmer (Alexis Grieger) of Clifton, Colorado. He is also survived by his Crockett cousins and the children of the Ost family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Carol, and Lola.
The family would like to recognize and thank the staff and management of Brookside Landing and Lakeside Memory Care for the outstanding care he received in the last five years of his life and also Syringa Hospice. The relief to the family that Jack was being cared for and safe will always be remembered.
At Jack’s request there will be no services.
The family asks that memorials be made to benefit the community of Orofino. Memorials may be made to the Clearwater Memorial Public Library, CMPL Foundation, 139 High Country Lane, Ahsahka, ID 83520 or the Clearwater Historical Museum in Orofino, P.O. Box 1454.