P. Jack Hardee


(Aug. 2, 2007)

Former Powell resident, P. Jack Hardee, died quietly in his home  in Boise, Idaho, on Aug. 2. He was 90.

A memorial service will be conducted Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Star Friends Church, 439 N. Star Rd., Star, Idaho, 83669, under the direction of Bell Funeral Home.

Jack was born April 19, 1917, and grew up on a cattle ranch at Cody. At age 22, he married Helen Anderson and they gave birth to two sons, Dan and Ken. After Helen’s death in 1954, Jack married Alberta Lucille Miller Dempster, a widow with a son (Jim) and daughter (Donna) and moved their blended family to Los Angeles, Calif. There they had two more daughters, twins Dorothy and Deborah. In 1969, the moved the family to Boise.

While still a young man, Jack entered the construction business as a plasterer in Wyoming and Montana. When he moved to California he began a plastering business, employing between 25 and 75 people. He was past President of California Lathing & Plastering Contractors, San Gabriel Valley Chapter. After moving to Idaho, he organized Hardee Construction & Development Company with his son, Dan. He was also an active member of the Home Builders of Southwest Idaho and Associated General Contractors and continued in the plastering trade until he retired in 1987.

Jack had a generous heart and boisterous sense of humor. He was known as a hard worker who loved his family and a practical joker who was the life of every party and family gathering. He touched the lives of many, always ready to offer a bed and warm meal to anyone passing through. He loved to laugh, travel and fish, and was a huge Boise State Bronco fan.

Jack is survived by his wife, Alberta; his sons Dan (Judy), Ken (Susan) and Jim (Linda); daughters Donna (John), Dorothy (John) and Deborah (Michael); 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and his beloved caregivers, Genene Gregor and  Jeanne Simmons.

The family suggests memorial donations to the P. Jack Hardee Scholarship fund in care of Bronco Athletic Association, 1910 University Ave., Boise, Idaho 83725.