Feb. 22, 1923 - Jan. 29, 2013
Elvin "Jack" Mearl Adams, died Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in Nampa, ID, at the age of 89.
Born February 22, 1923, to Alanson and Nancy (Draine) Adams in Nampa, he was one of 22
children including step, half and full brothers and sisters. He grew up in "Alfalfa", outside of Bend, OR.
In California, in 1941, Jack married Myrna Faye Norwood.
He worked in the shipyards in California, and later moved to Oregon, where he joined the Air Force in 1943. In 1947, he worked as a policeman in Prineville. The family moved to Klamath Falls in 1949, where he worked for Mountain States Power Company as a lineman. He transferred to Springfield where the company later became Pacific Power and Light.
Around 1955, recovering from a severe electrical shock as a lineman, Jack continued his education and worked his way up in the company. After many transfers and promotions he retired in Medford, OR, in 1983, as District Manager. Prior to retiring, he was divorced, and later married Iva Dewhurst in 1981. After he retired they moved to Bend where he volunteered for Meals-on- Wheels for 18 years.
Jack was active in Rotary and real estate. They traveled coast to coast residing for several winters in Arizona. In 2005, they moved to Nampa, ID, to be close to Ivas daughter.
Jack loved to go camping in his youth, play pinochle and golf. He also enjoyed creating and putting up decorations for Christmas. He will be remembered for his many jokes and stories, his beautiful blue eyes, his generosity to others, his faith in God and his love for his family.
Jack is survived by his wife, Iva; daughter, Darlene (Larry) Goates of Springfield, OR; son, Harvey Adams of La Pine, OR; step-daughter, JoAnn (Gene) Koozer of Nampa, ID; step-daughter-in-law, Terry Dewhurst of Hillsboro, OR; brothers, Paul (Verla) Adams of Pocatello, ID and Carl Adams of La Quinta, CA; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2013, at Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home, 105 NW Irving Ave., Bend, OR, 541-382-2471. Graveside services will follow immediately.
Arrangements in Idaho, have been provided by Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 208-467-7300.