Richard Phillip Wilcomb
Richard (Dick) Wilcomb passed away with family at his side June 23, 2010 from complications following a severe stroke.
Dick was born August 3, 1925 in Idaho Falls to George and Mary Wilcomb and moved to Boise at the age of three.
He attended Whitney Elementary, North Junior High, and graduated from Boise High School in 1943. After high school, Dick enlisted in the US Air Force where he acquired his first inspirations for flying. He attended the University of Idaho on a track scholarship and became one of the top javelin throwers in the nation. He joined the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the U of I. In 1947 Dick spent an unforgettable summer as one of the earliest smokejumpers in McCall.
In 1948, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Ann Jordan and would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary June 30.
Dick and Pat have three children: Marlee, Tim, and Tricia.
Dick became a partner of Jordan and Son Contractors with his father-in-law, Cecil Jordan, and brother-in-law, Rich Jordan, in 1948 and in 1954 the company changed its name to Jordan Wilcomb Construction. He built every school that his children attended as well as hundreds of "landmark buildings" throughout the Treasure Valley. Dick was presented the "Friend of Preservation Award" in 2002 from the Boise City Historic Preservation Commission.
Dick joined the Hillcrest Country Club in 1951 and served as President in 1969 and other numerous committees. Dick was especially proud of his association with the development of the newly opened YMCA camp at Horsethief Reservoir. He also was a member of Rotary Club, Vice President of the Boise Zoo for many years, the Arid Club, the Treasure Valley YMCA, and served on the board of Provident Federal Bank and a supporter of the BSU Athletic Department. He was thrilled to have been an instrumental part of erecting the cross at Tablerock for the Boise Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Dick enjoyed his many travels with friends and family. He enjoyed fishing, skiing, hunting, meeting daily with his coffee buddies at the old Downtowner Motel and would annually swim across Payette Lake on his birthday. Dick would take on any dare given him, including jumping "tandem" from an airplane at age 79.
Dick is survived by his wife, Pat, children Marlee Wilcomb, Tim (Mary) Wilcomb, Tricia (Brad) Holt, and his grandsons Dylan and Cameron Holt, and T.J. and Cecil Wilcomb.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Mary Wilcomb, his brothers Carol, Larry, Robert, sisters Kathleen Dallas and Mary Allen, and his beloved grandson Cooper Wilcomb.
His loving memories will live in our hearts forever and we will miss seeing him at his favorite place, relaxing on his porch in McCall.
A celebration of Dick's life will be held for family and friends at the Hillcrest Country Club on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 3-5 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the YMCA Camp at Horsethief, Central Idaho Historical Museum, 1001 State, McCall, ID 83638, or the Richard and Pat Wilcomb Family Endowed Scholarship for Track and Field at Boise State University.
Sunday, Jun 27, 2010
Hillcrest Country Club
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