Edwin Alec Fournier, 88
Ed Fournier peacefully passed away at Kootenai Health on March 16, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Ed was born Dec. 18, 1928, in Seattle, Wash., to George M. Fournier and Marie Christina Johnson.
He was raised in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington in 1952 after serving in the U.S. Army from 1946-1948 in Japan.
His career with the U.S. Forest Service began on the Payette National Forest in Council, Idaho, in 1952 where his first job was working in timber management. He transferred to Hailey, Idaho, in 1955 as District Ranger and then became the District Ranger on the Twin Falls Ranger District in 1958.
Ed displayed a great deal of administrative potential and leadership early in his career and as such was selected to attend a public administration course at the University of Michigan in Lansing. From 1960-1962, Ed worked in the Forest Service Regional Office in Ogden, Utah, in the Division of Range Management. His next assignment was to the Boise National Forest as Deputy Forest Supervisor. Later Ed transferred back to the regional office in Ogden as Branch Chief of Winter Sports and Dispersed Area Management for the Intermountain Region. This assignment involved winter sports area planning and administration as well as avalanche hazard forecasting and control. In 1966, he was temporarily assigned to Ketchum, Idaho, where he worked on details regarding the creation of the Sawtooth National Recreation area established by Congress in 1972.
Ed served as Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor from 1969 to 1979 and Forest Supervisor of the Dixie National Forest from 1979 to 1983 at which point he retired.
Upon retirement Ed became a professional ski instructor at Brian Head Ski Resort where a ski run called Ed’s Shortcut was named after him and his well-known crew cut. He also worked as a tour guide for the Dixie National Forest and served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for Iron County in Cedar City, Utah.
Ed married the love of his life, Dixie Adams on Valentine’s Day 1969 in Sun Valley, Idaho, and celebrated with Ed’s favorite beverage, scotch slushes made with freshly fallen snow. Everyone who truly knew Ed understood his love of skiing, particularly on Bald Mountain in Sun Valley and the family joke is that he would not marry Dixie until she learned how to ski.
A few years after retiring, Ed and Dixie settled in Twin Falls for several years and for a decade Ed volunteered as a “Ski With The Ranger” guide on Bald Mountain. He began skiing at age 11 when he rode the train from Seattle to Snoqualmie and never missed a ski season until this year. After moving to Hayden Lake, Idaho, with Dixie in 2008, Ed received free senior ski passes from Silver Mountain for gracing the slopes well into his 80s.
During his lifetime, he was an active member of the Society of American Foresters, American Forestry Association, Board of Directors for the Zion Natural History Association, Board of Directors for the U.S. Ski Association representing the Intermountain Division, Boy Scouts of America Board in Twin Falls, Rotary Club President in Cedar City and an avid Rotarian (from the 1950s to 2008) and the Sawtooth Society.
There were no strangers to Ed. He loved talking to and meeting new people. A simple trip to the grocery store often ignited new acquaintances and his infectious smile was an enhancement to every life he selflessly touched.
Ed is survived by his “beautiful bride,” Dixie; his son, Bill Fournier (Sharon) of Troutdale, Ore.; son Steve Fournier (Alicea) of Marysville, Wash.; daughter Devi Fournier (Dr. Jeffrey McDonald) of Hayden Lake; brother Ken Fournier (Eunice) of Hemet, Calif.; grandchildren; Cori, Lori-Ann, Ryan, Haylee, Valerie, Danny, Brea and Landen; and six great-grandchildren.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, brother George, sister Ellen and his son, Mike.
A memorial to celebrate the extraordinary life of our cherished husband, father, grandfather and friend will take place at noon Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at The Lily Farm, 1617 S. Last Chance Road, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Contributions in Ed’s name can be made to Sawtooth Society, P.O. Box 209, Stanley, ID 83278 (www.sawtoothsociety.org).