Lynn Dean Wilbur, 76, of Caldwell, passed away of natural causes at his home on February 13, 2017.
He was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, on August 29, 1941 to Leland Elisha and Blanche Florence Wilbur. Lynn was the third of six children. His family moved to Tacoma, Washington, when he was a very young child where his father worked as a pipe fitter in the shipyards during WWII. Lynn attended public schools in Tacoma and graduated from Lincoln High School in June of 1959. Following graduation, he moved to Little America, Wyoming, where he worked at a service station pumping gas. Lynn enlisted in the United States Air Force on February 24, 1961, where he served for six years in various areas and capacities. He was stationed at Vandenberg AFB, California, when he was honorably discharged on February 23, 1967. He then returned to Tacoma.
Lynn owned a gas station for a while also serving as a volunteer fire fighter in University Place, Washington. He was eventually hired on as a full time fire fighter, worked his way up through the ranks and ultimately became the Fire Chief for the University Place Fire Department. He took an early retirement from the Fire Department in 1994 to care for his ailing wife Barbara.
Lynn married the love of his life, Barbara Frank Glaser on June 21, 1975. They met through work, she was an ER nurse and he was an EMT. Barbara had two children from a previous marriage, a daughter Michelle (Glaser Kroll) Lynch, and a son, Kenneth Glaser who Lynn helped raise as his own. Michelle had two daughters, Niki and Courtney. Of all the titles he had over the years,
Grandpa was the one he cherished the most.
Lynn was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served a stake mission in the Tacoma Asian Branch where he spent most of his time serving in the young men’s programs. He developed friendships that are still strong to this day. He also spent time as the Branch President. It was while serving in the Asian Branch that he was given the nickname “Chief.”
Lynn was an avid Scout Master with the Boy Scouts of America for many years.
Lynn moved to Caldwell, Idaho in 2007. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He loved volunteering at Lewis & Clark Elementary where his great nephews were attending school and quickly became a fixture on Popcorn Fridays. He joined the Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448 where he made many new friends and continued his love of serving others through volunteer work.
Lynn is survived by his stepdaughter, Michelle (Marty) Lynch of Colville, WA, his stepson, Kenneth (Stacey Lee) Glaser of Shalimar, FL, two granddaughters, Niki (Joshua) West of Ionia, MI, and Courtney Kroll of Olympia, a great grandson, Charles West of Ionia, MI, another great grandchild West making his or her debut soon; two brothers, William (Ann) Wilbur of University Place, WA, Ronald (Rachel) Wilbur of Olympia, WA; his sister, Verla (Ron) Brown of Clearfield, UT; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, both parents, two brothers, Wayne (Mada) Wilbur, and Lennis (Kathy) Wilbur, a sister-in-law, Rachel (Ron) Wilbur, and his nephew Wayne Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 22 at the LDS church, 15782 Farmway Road in Caldwell. Family will receive friends at a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday evening, February 21 at Dakan Funeral Chapel, 504 S. Kimball Avenue in Caldwell as well at the church from 12 to 12:45 prior to the service. Interment will follow directly after the service at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Caldwell.