Kenneth Wayne Hunt, 65, of Emmett, passed away peacefully at home on July 16, 2019. He was born on July 25, 1953 to Clyde E. and Mary M. Kelly Hunt, joining a sister, Joyce, in Emmett, where he was raised.
Ken attended Boise State University and graduated from Idaho State University. He spent his pharmacy internship in Idaho Falls and finished his externship in Nampa, before taking his first job in Anchorage, Alaska. His career path led him to Idaho, Nevada, Washington and back to his home in Idaho where he retired in 2015.
Ken married his high school sweetheart, Ramona Lake, in the fall of 1972 and they began their admirably thrifty life through his college years. Their first child, Toby, arrived too soon and left them just as quickly during their time in Pocatello. Following their move to Alaska, they greeted their second son, Trevor. Their journey led them back to Idaho where they bought their first home with a small acreage that was big enough to support a mini farm lifestyle. Here they welcomed three more sons, Jarod, Brian, and Shawn. The next leg of the journey led them on to Nevada and it was here they were blessed with their only daughter, Aubrey. The family moved to Washington in order for Ramona to get her education, also as a pharmacist and following her graduation, they trekked back to Nevada. Here they remained until 2006, when they came full circle back “home” to Idaho.
Ken got so excited about so many things that it’s hard to summarize everything he found joy in. His family was his greatest joy and he loved each one with his whole heart as a husband, father, brother, son, grandfather, and friend. Ken loved the outdoors and all the adventurous opportunities it represented from hunting, fishing, and camping to hiking and following the ATV trails. His love of this life spilled over to his children whether it was scouting game or whitewater rafting. Ken loved the BSU teams and enjoyed supporting them by growing his beautiful white beard, wearing his BSU Santa outfit to games, with his Mrs. Claus by his side. He enjoyed traveling and was exceptional at learning as much as he could about the history and facts of each place they visited; he got great pleasure in sharing his knowledge and teaching his children and grandchildren everything he knew. Ken’s knowledge base was as expansive as it was impressive. He knew lines to movies, lyrics to songs, and details that most wouldn’t remember. He was always open for the adventures and knew how to take full advantage of each one, always generously making sure that everyone had as good a time as he did. Ken was a generous and kind man who was a big kid at heart. He loved his family deeply and that affection was returned; he will forever leave a void.
Ken was preceded in death by his mother, Mary; mother-in-law, Dorthy, and his son, Toby. He is survived by his father, Clyde; wife, Ramona; children, Trevor (Heather); Jarod; Brian (Alicia); Shawn (Nacassia); and Aubrey (Chris) Haring; grandchildren, Torey, Tamara, Trenton, Hayden, Koltyn, Aiden, Nathan, Natalie, and Paige; sister, Joyce (Curt) Salmonsen; brother-in-law, Larry (Cindy) Lake; sister-in-law, Diana (Kevin) Wright; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett.
A Celebration of Ken’s Life will take place at Wild Rose Park, located just below and west of the Black Canyon Dam on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM.