Eldon “Hal” Mecham Jr. passed away peacefully on May 3rd, 2018 at the home of a close relative. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Cheri Louise Kincheloe Mecham. “Hal” is also survived by his only son, Lee “Scott” Mecham and his only Grandson, Maxx Lee Mecham both whom reside in Boise. He was preceded in death by his sister Joan and parents Eldon “Hal’ Mecham Sr. and his wife Harriet Pixton Mecham. His sister resided in Bountiful, Utah and his parents resided in Twin Falls.
Hal was born in Salmon, Idaho December 11, 1946 and attended school in Rupert, Idaho graduating from Minico High School, where he met Cheri. Cheri and Hal were married on his birthday December 11, 1964 in Nampa, Idaho. Thereafter, they moved to Rupert, Idaho where Scott was born on July 8, 1965.
Hal worked many jobs as a grocer for his father in Rupert and for Jay Schofield at the Y-Dell Market in Burley. He also sold Insurance for several years in Burley as an agent for Farmers Insurance out of the old Globe Realty office on Main Street. In 1986, Hal and Cheri moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where he drove a limousine out of Bally’s Hotel on the Strip. He made many trips to Southern California to pick up high rollers for the hotel and drove many famous people around Las Vegas. In 1992, Hal and Cheri moved back to Idaho settling in Wilder, where Cheri still resides. Hal graduated from Boise State University’s Vocational and Technical school in 2000. He then opened a small engine repair shop at their home and worked there until around 2016 until he became too weak to handle the equipment any longer.
Hal was an avid outdoors person. He loved fishing, hunting, riding his razor in the Owyhee’s and Snowmobiling with Scott in the Pine-Featherville Trinity Mountain area. In his earlier years, he was an avid jet boat operator and fisherman. He spent many days below American Falls Dam in a place called Eagle Rock. He knew that river like the back of his hand. Later in his life, he developed a passion for horses and spent many days riding in the Owyhee’s with Cheri. He really loved working cow horses and Border Collie dogs that assisted the cowboys in managing the herds of cattle. Hal and Cheri followed the horse circuit and they attended the Snaffle Bit Futurity every year in Reno, Nevada. Hal’s favorite rider was Jake Telford.
The family wishes to give a very special thank you to his caretaker Linda Jo Puffe, the special people of Auburn Crest Hospice and his immediate caretakers at St. Luke’s Hospital of Nampa. The family will hold a celebration of life at Dakan Funeral Home in Caldwell, Idaho on June 2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. There will be a reception following the service at the family home in Wilder. Donations can be made to Auburn Crest Hospice in Boise, ID. Condolences may be shared at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.