|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1930|
|Death: ||Aug. 11, 2009|
BOISE-Byron Judd Toone, 78, passed away August 11, 2009 at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise. He was born September 17, 1930 in Green River, Wyoming to Eldred and Wanda Burkam Toone. Byron was the younger brother to Jury and Dorland and older brother to Kenneth.
He attended Washington Elementary, Jefferson Jr. High and graduated from Green River High School in the class of 1948. He attended Brigham Young University until 1951 then received a Masters degree in education administration in 1956 from Idaho State College, now known as Idaho State University, as a member of the school's first post-graduate class.
As a delivery boy at Green River for the Rock Springs Rocket, Byron felt he knew about everyone in town. Byron was rated all-state quarterback as Green River finished runner-up in football. To his credit he kicked 11 field goals in a row, the longest being 43 yards. He was also a star at basketball and was an all-state guard. In his Jr. year playing at BYU the team won the NIT.
While attending high school, Byron met a cheerleader, Bonnie LaRee Ghormley, from rival Reliance High and the sweethearts were married June 2, 1950 in Green River. Together they had six children: Cary B., Randy, Nannette, Coralie, Burkam (Burk) and Craig. They were later divorced. In March of 1973 he married his current wife and love, Nila Mae Lichty in Lewiston, Idaho. To this union came children: Rena, Lori, and Robert. Byron cared deeply for each one.
Byron graduated from BYU and started teaching and coaching at Mountain View High School in Evanston, Wyoming for two years. He then went to Kemmerer, Wyoming and coached and taught school. In 1955 the opportunity arose to move to Pocatello and he was hired by Rulon Ellis for School District #25 to coach and teach. Better known as "Coach Toone" he was the assistant coach to John Evans for the 1957 state Class A championship basketball team. In 1958 Byron coached the state championship track team. In 1961 thru hard work and dedication from players the team won the state Class AAA basketball championship. During his four years of varsity coaching he recorded 86 victories in 96 games.
In February 1963 Byron at the age of 32, was given a new opportunity with the school district. He traded in his coaching and teaching for the District Athletic Director for physical fitness and health education for the school system.
It was during this time you could hear students excising to "Chicken Fat." This was the job that he continued until his retirement in 1993 at which time he split his time as part-time athletic director and vice principal at Franklin Jr. High. He spent 39 years total with the district.
As his sons were growing up he would coach little league football, Bannock Boys Baseball and you could find his wife and daughters in the stands supporting him.
When Byron finished coaching he continued to keep involved by officiating at surrounding football and basketball games. He made many lasting friendships from coaches and players.
Byron served on many committees and positions thru his lifetime. In 1974 he developed the "Manual for Athletics", dealing with the organization of all phases of athletics, which was adopted by School District #25 and used in Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington and Montana.
He was the Idaho High School Activities Association basketball commissioner in the Pocatello area between 1974 and 1991. He was named State of Idaho Athletic Director of the Year in 1986. In 1988, he was honored to be the recipient of the "Dick Fleischmann Memorial" award; also in 1988 he was named by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Western Section 8, to serve a four year term as the director. In 1995 he was inducted into the Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) Hall of Fame. In 2004 the class of 1957 was honored as "Legends of the Game." Most recently he had the opportunity of speaking for the class of 1957's 50 year reunion which he was happy to have had the opportunity.
Byron is survived by his wife, Nila, Boise, children, Cary B (Sophia) Toone, Chandler, AZ, Randy C., Nannette (Kim) Smith, Coralie (David) Duncan, and Burkam D. (Burk), all of Pocatello, Craig L., Reno, NV, Rena (David) Ferguson, Idaho Falls, Lori (Robert) Stewart, Boise and Robert Sickinger; 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren with another great granddaughter expected. He is also survived by brothers, Jury (Margene) Toone, Bountiful, UT, Dorland (Pat) Toone, Green River, WY and Kenneth (Carol) Toone, Bountiful, UT.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldred and Wanda Toone, former wife, Bonnie L. Toone, sisters, Gloria and Faith Toone, brother, Burkham Edison Toone and brother-in-law, George Lichty.
Funeral services will be held at noon, Monday, August 17, 2009 at the Princeton LDS Chapel, 42 Princeton. The viewing will be held Sunday evening, August 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. Fourth Ave, Pocatello and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery following the services.
Eldred George Toone (1899 - 1992)
Wanda Corinne Burkam Toone (1895 - 1975)
Bonnie Laree Ghormley Toone (1930 - 1988)
Faith Toone (1924 - 1924)*
Burkam Edison Toone (1927 - 1928)*
Gloria May Toone (1928 - 1930)*
Byron Judd Toone (1930 - 2009)
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Added: Mar. 30, 2013
Byron "Coach Toone" had an enormous impact on lots of athletes, students and colleagues. His truly caring attitude for others and his giggle when humored are just a couple of things I remember about "Coach Toone". There aren't too many who understood ...(Read more)|
Added: Mar. 27, 2013
Miss you dad. Always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts!|
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