David Owen Byars III died peacefully at home in Boise on December 13, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. He was born March 8, 1946, to David Owen Byars Jr. and Shirley Keller Byars in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. His father was a career Army officer, so David spent his younger years in the Washington D.C. area, and he attended 2 years of high school in Panama and completed high school in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Upon graduation, David attended the United States Military Academy West Point, graduating in 1969 as a 2nd Lt. (Armored-Calvary) MOS. He was a 3rd generation USMA grad, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father. David completed Airborne, Ranger, and Jungle Warfare schools and was deployed to Vietnam in August 1970 where he was assigned to an armored-cav unit as the platoon leader. David’s tour of duty was cut short when he triggered a boobie trap and sustained wounds that required emergency surgeries in-country. Recovering at Camp Zama Army Hospital in Japan, David met Anne Rush, his physical therapist, whom he later married in August 1971. After leaving Japan, David was promoted to Cpt. and medically retired from the Army in 1972.
After military discharge, David attended Stanford and graduated with an MBA in 1974. He worked for 2 manufacturing companies in the San Francisco area, and in June 1978 had his first child Lindsay (Byars) Leonard. In November 1978, he and Anne and infant daughter Lindsay moved to McCall, Idaho. In May 1980, their son David was born. David and Anne raised Lindsay and David together and were married for 27 years.
David owned and operated the Texaco Station, McCall Tire and Auto, and McCall Salvage Yard. He was an active member of the Elk’s, Optimist, and Rotary clubs. He served on the board of the Senior Center where he met Harriet Heinrich. Their friendship developed into a loving relationship with marriage in October 2014. David and Harriet shared their time between homes in McCall and Boise.
David enjoyed skiing and playing racquetball, and he taught both Lindsay and David to ride dirt bikes and snowmobiles. He had his private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying his 140 Piper Cherokee. David loved to read and had a mind that retained all kinds of interesting facts! He was loved by family and friends and will be sorely missed. In his most recent years, David dealt with numerous medical difficulties, and it is a blessing to know that he is pain free and that his spirit can now soar!
David is preceded in death by his parents BG David O. Byars & Shirley Byars and his nephew David Hyder. He is survived by his wife Harriet and their family, his sister Anne Hyder, his daughter Lindsay Leonard, her husband Blair, and their son Owen, his son David Byars, Anne Rush and numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family members.
* Funeral Services will be January 19, 2019 at Boise Church of Christ, 2000 Eldorado Street, Boise, ID 83703 at 3pm.
* Celebration of Life will be June 2, 2019 at Ponderosa Park Pavilion, McCall ID.