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Earl Lester Silverstein May 8, 1949 - January 9, 2020

Earl Lester Silverstein, age 70, a resident of Eagle, passed away January 9, 2020. Earl made his mother a mother on Mother’s Day May 8, 1949. He was named for his uncle who died in a battle in World War 2.
Growing up in Philadelphia, he attended Central High and Temple University. He had a 20-year career with the uniformed Division of the secret service and another 20-year career with KTVB Channel 7. He was a long-time softball umpire and basketball referee. He spent 30 years making Eagle his home with Barbara, his wife, Liza, his daughter and a host of animals.
Earl was a vital part of the Boise Idaho area Ostomy Support Group, Eagle High School football and basketball teams.
Earl was survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Liza, a family of animals, and a many extended family members and many friends.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Boise Idaho Area Ostomy Support Group or the Eagle High School Football or basketball programs in Earl’s Name
Arrangements are pending under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor.

Arrangements are pending.


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    Denise A Lord says

    Barb, Steve and I were saddened to hear of Earl’s death. Our hearts go out to you and Liza at this difficult time. Love, Steve and Denise Lord

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    Mary Fowler says

    Notice of Earl’s passing brought tears to my eyes. I have missed seeing him and his smile and happy bright light he brought to this world. As above my heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Love, Mary Fowler

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    Bobbie Kay says

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Earl. I had the pleasure of having him keep score for the city basketball games, and officiating softball and basketball. He was quite the character. He will be missed!

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    Gary Salzman says

    I’m so sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. I’m going to miss him checking up with me in the KTVB newsroom and his calls to make sure we knew about certain news stories. He didn’t want us to miss any important story, even after he retired. I’ll miss his cheerful greetings.

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    Andy Swenson says

    Rest easy Earl! The softball and basketball communities will miss your time and devotion! Thank you for all of your years of service to our country and beloved sports. You were a class act and I appreciated all of your help on the diamond umpiring and on the court at Eagle High School in my officiating duties.

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    Laurie says

    I was so sad to hear of Earl’s passing. I just saw him last week on Monday in Water Fitness Class. He was trying to take it easy, but helped put the noodles away like he loved to do to help me. I always loved to see him in class. He loved my oldies music and always loved to dance and sing along. He will be greatly missed! Hugs and prayers to you all. Earl was a wonderful, kind man with a passion for bringing joy to our class. May you find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

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    Jim Lucker says

    I am sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. Earl umpired some of our ISSA games in Meridian for years. He always had a smile and smart comeback to the players. We considered Earl as one of the umpires we would like to officiate our games. Our league had final say as to which umpires we would like to umpire our games. Earl was one of those few. Condolences to the family.

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    Kathie (Ferrera) Howard says

    Barb and Liza, was sad to read of Earl’s passing. He was a fine man!!

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    John Durrant says

    I am saddened by Earl’s passing. He was a great benefit to all of the softball umpires in the area. His humor and willingness to help others will be missed. May the Lord comfort you in your loss.

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    Jo Ann Canderan says

    Barb and Liza I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Kathryn Earhart says

    I’m so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. Earl was a good guy and full of life. My thoughts are with you

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    Charlotte & Gary Adams says

    Barb, we are here for you and Liza for what ever you may need! We loved Earl and love you and Liza too.
    A fun man a caring man but there is one thing we will always remember about Earl, our (all 4 of us) favorite song SWEET CAROLINE!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU BOTH!

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