OBITUARIES

Opinion
Nov 20, 2009
by WLJ
OBITUARIES

Richard Gabica

Richard P. Gabica, 95, died Nov. 3, 2009, at his home in Nampa, ID. Richard was born July 29, 1914, to Elias and Valentina Uberuaga Gabica at Reynolds, where his father was grazing sheep in the Owyhee Mountains near the Reynolds Creek Ranch. The story is told that at the birth of his son, Elias went to Silver City, NV, to celebrate for three days. He didn’t celebrate so much when his son, at a very young age, cut the tongue off a hay wagon at the Reynolds Creek Ranch.

Richard grew up in Nampa and spent the summers tending camp and herding his father’s sheep in the Owyhee Mountains. While still in his teens, his father sent him alone to accompany fat lambs by train to Omaha, Chicago and Kansas City markets.

He attended grade school at St Paul’s Catholic School in Nampa. From the fifth grade through high school, Richard milked two cows every morning and night and sold the milk to the Mercy Hospital and to the nuns at St. Paul’s. He graduated from St. Paul’s and went on to Nampa Senior High School, graduating in 1932. Richard attended Links Business College in Boise after high school for a short time, but was sent by his father to sheep camp due to the Depression. At the death of his father on Oct. 16, 1936, Richard took over the family sheep business and bought the sheep from his mother in 1939. On Dec. 29, 1939, he married Benita Gaviola, daughter of Manuel and Dolores Azpiri Gaviola, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Caldwell. Richard met Benita at a dance at Cascade where her father ran sheep, as did Richard’s father. Richard and Benita made their home in Nampa and at sheep camp in the Owyhee Mountains.

In 1945, he purchased the Reynolds Creek Ranch from his uncle Lorenzo Uberuaga. He then sold the sheep and bought Lorenzo’s cattle. He continued in the cattle ranching business until his retirement in 1965. Richard was active in the cattle industry associations serving as president of Owyhee County Cattlemen’s, board of director of the Idaho Cattleman’s Association, and was honored with the Idaho Grassman of the Year Award in 1960.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Broadmore Country Club. He was a lifetime member of the Nampa Elk’s Lodge #1389. He was a member of the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Board, donating many hours of work maintaining and renovating, as well as fundraising for the cemetery.

Richard is remembered fondly by his daughters for the legacy of strong family values and a strong work ethic he displayed and ingrained in them, for which they will always be grateful. Richard is preceded in death by his wife Benita and his sisters; Charlotte Gibson (Frank), and Louise Storey (Don).

He is survived by his sister Alice Tipton (Dr. Willis). He has three daughters; Inez Jaca (Elias), Marilynn Jacobson (Lyle), and Margene Eiguren (Richard). He has nine grandchildren; Luisa Jaca, Richard Eiguren Jr. (Marcia), Martin Jaca (Susan), Jason Eiguren (Jane), Matt Jacobson (Teresa), Michael Eiguren (Robbin), Jordan Jacobson, Andrea Eiguren Burch (Sean), and Katie Jacobson. He is also survived by his niece and nephew Lisa Corcostegui (Enrique) and Dr. Rhett Tipton (Maria). Niece Diane Storey Richards preceded him in death. Richard was surrounded by 18 beautiful greatgrandchildren. The family especially wants to thank his caregiver, Judy Hill, for her very kind and compassionate care of their father.

Recitation of the Rosary was held Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 9 at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nampa. Burial followed in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Nampa.

Albert “Les” Fearrien

Albert Leslie Fearrien was born on March 11, 1918, to Fred and Eva Fearrien. Les is survived by his children Michael, Patricia, Kathleen, and their spouses, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He married Lieutenant Jean Gorski while in the service. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean, son Norman, and brother Fred.

Les went to South Fork High School and graduated in three years as the class valedictorian and was also the Star State F.F.A. in 1936. He attended Humboldt State University and was a corpsman in the U.S. Navy.

He served as a director of the Humboldt County Fair for 27 years and also as an honorary director of the fair. He was a member of the Humboldt County Woolgrower’s Association, California State Cattlemen’s Association, Humboldt County Cattlemen’s Association and a mem ber

of the California Beef Improvement Association. He also served as vice president of the California Angora Goat Association. He was a past member of the Humboldt County Forestry Committee and an advisor to the Advisory Board of the Humboldt County Board of Forestry. He was a past member of the Hydesville School District and the Humboldt County Board of Education.

In between schooling and his military service, he ran the Briceland Grocery Store and Post Office.

Les started with very little and accumulated enough to now have a full-time Angus operation that will be managed by his friend and employee, Ron Glass.

A visitation for Les was held Nov. 12, 2009, with services on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Goble’s Fortuna Mortuary with interment at Sunset Memorial Park, Eureka, CA. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Humboldt County Cattlemen’s Association.

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