Tom, Barbara (Lawrence), Rick (Susan), and Eric (Olga):
I am so sorry for your loss. Several decades ago, Tom, Diane and I shared many fond memories together during their time in Boise.
In the 1980’s, Tom was the Dept. of Energy’s chief health physicist at INL and was assigned in 1987 to assist me in Idaho’s Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) particle physics project proposed for the INL. It didn’t go anywhere, but the Andrus Administration used it as a catalyst to launch STEM programs in Idaho’s schools and to propose increased funding in Idaho’s higher ed programs statewide. Tom, Diane and I quickly became fast friends. Together, we successfully hunted ruffed grouse in the Black Pine area, and bull moose in the Smokey Canyon area. Diane seemed to enjoy Idaho’s mountain country to the fullest, always cheerful no matter the challenge, and ready to take on anything, carrying a hundred pounds of dynamite in her petite frame! We enjoyed several outdoor outings together, including a perfect, authentically sunny day of cross-country skiing at Grand Targhee, (none of the infamous Targhee sunshine on that day). In addition to enjoying many dinners in various Boise and Pocatello restaurants, we also shared some meals together in Washington, D.C. On one occasion Tom and I did a side trip and ‘Tom-hosted tour’ of Annapolis to visit Tom and Diane’s pilot son Rick, who at that time, was in the top of his class at the Annapolis Naval Academy. I also visited Tom, Diane, Barbara and Eric in their expansive Pocatello home where they so graciously invited me for many ‘overnighters’. This is where I learned from Eric that folks from Utah were referred to as “Utoids”, and where Barbara kept me busy with engaging conversation while mom & dad were busy in the kitchen preparing some fantastic wild-game dinners (e.g., ruffed grouse)!
Those were all great times. Thank you, Tom, Diane and family!
P.S. Special thanks to Barbara for following up on Tom’s request to call and invite me to share in this “milestone” event of Diane’s passing. I deeply regret that I am unable to attend. My oldest daughter, Michelle and her husband, Ken were visiting from their home in Missouri. I put my son-in-law on the flight back to Missouri on Tuesday. My daughter has decided to stay here for at least another week. She needs Me!
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Sorry for your loss of Mr. John.
I was a new hire for Union Pacific Railroad and John was my classroom instructor, he was a very patient man with all of us trying to grasp what it took to be a railroader. His booming voice followed me home most nights but his words and teaching sank in eventually, in which I’m most grateful to him for. It’s been 17 years since I was in his class and I can still hear him to this day. He was a man to look up too and I’m sure he will be missed. God bless John and his family.
Thank you so much for orchestrating the beautiful memorial service for Al. Everything went so smooth. You made it very special. You patiently worked with all the plans we had and made it beautiful.
The Tetz Family
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