Clyde A. Boatright passed away Sept. 3, 2012. Clyde was born on July 7, 1930, to Earl and Vinnie Boatright in Manzanola, Col. A few years later, the family moved to Hansen and later to Twin Falls.
Clyde joined the U.S. Navy in 1947 at the age of 17, becoming a Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class and Small Arms Instructor. He had tours in Korea, Japan, Puerto Rico, Alaska and San Diego, which included duties on various ships and underwater demolition teams. After 21 years of service, Clyde retired from the Navy in 1968.
Clyde met his wife Karen “Bing” while both were serving in the Navy and both were on the U.S. Navy Rifle Team stationed in San Diego; competing in the West Coast matches, Quantico, Va., and finals in Camp Perry, Ohio. Clyde was All Navy rifle (M-1) champion in 1967, and his wife became Distinguished Rifleman in M-1 competition in 1971 with only six other women in the USA at that time. They were married 45 years and have no children.
After retirement, Clyde and Bing moved to Idaho in 1968. Clyde was in the Idaho Department of Fish and Game; worked as a private contractor in road construction; had his own bus company known as Panhandle Area Transit in Coeur d’Alene; was a real estate agent with Century 21; was a member of the North Idaho Fair Board for many years; and later went into politics in 1994 as an Idaho State Senator for eight years; as well as always being a rancher. Clyde was also a member of the Calam Temple Shriners and Kootenai Lodge No. 24.
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents and a brother. He is survived by his wife, Bing of Rathdrum; two sisters, Vinnie Standley and Imogene Heath, both of Twin Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.
At Clyde’s request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Spokane or Kootenai Humane Society, P.O. Box 1005, Hayden, ID 83835.
English Funeral Chapel, Coeur d’Alene, has been entrusted to handle the final arrangements.