|James Robert Perrin, 85, better known as Bob to his many friends and family, passed away peacefully at home on December 19, 2019 with his loving wife by his side. Bob was born on September 1, 1934 in Gooding, Idaho to Russel and Elsie Perrin. He grew up in Glenns Ferry, Idaho an avid athlete playing sports, hunting, fishing, and swimming in the Snake River. He graduated high school in 1952 and attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho for one year before getting restless and decided to join the Army. Following training, he was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii where he not only played football for the Army, but swam on the Army swim team. (years of swimming in the Snake River really paid off). After completing his service he returned to Glenns Ferry where he started looking for any job he could find to make a living. On January 22, 1957, Bob was asked to go to Boise with close friends, Marvin and Dorothy Wooten, who had also asked Becky Green to come as well. Both being from Glenns Ferry, the two had known of each other for some time, but they were 5 years apart and had never dated. Neither Bob nor Becky knew it was a set up at the time, but it was it was love at first sight and they were married 4 months later, on May 19, 1957. Bob started working for Bestway Building Centers, (Boise Cascade), where he found his calling in life, …lumber. His charismatic personality, ability to build friendships, and strong business savvy led him to a long and successful career. Bob moved his family numerous times through the years. Cascade, Twin Falls, Gooding, Payette, and finally Boise. In 1974, after 21 years, he left Boise Cascade and soon purchased Capital Lumber Company. Bob loved the lumber yard and enjoyed going to work every day, finally retiring at 82 in 2016. He enjoyed gardening, collecting Disney porcelain figurines, and spending time at the condo in McCall. Together Bob and Becky traveled the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He was a Boise State Broncos fan/supporter and was a member of the Athletic Club and Coaches Club. He was active in Boise Rotary, Masonic Lodge, and the El Korah Shriners. More than anything Bob enjoyed spending time with family. Whether it was boating on Payette Lake, swimming at the condo pool in McCall, taking the entire family to Kauai, holidays or birthdays, he loved being with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. Goodbye’s at family get-togethers were always difficult for Bob, it was commonplace to see him in tears as he saw his family off, waving as they drove away.
He was preceded in death by his father Russel Perrin, mother Elsie Perrin, and infant son Jay Perrin.
He is survived by his bride of 62 years Ruth Elizabeth (Becky) Perrin; sister Jeannie Nemeth, brother Terry Perrin; children: Pam Schwenkfelder (Royce), Jeff Perrin (Trish), Randy Perrin (Paul), Chris Perrin; 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Due to the Holiday, a viewing will be held Monday, December 23, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Bowman Funeral Home, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. Garden City.
Graveside Service will be held on December 26th, at Glenn Rest Cemetery, 2005 Frontage Road, Glenns Ferry, Idaho at 2:00 p.m.
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Joyce Baker saysDecember 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm
So sorry about your loss. Bob was a very special man and one of the first people we met when we moved to Gooding. He also was involved with building our home. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Marva (Wootan) Schwager saysDecember 24, 2019 at 1:16 am
I have known Bob and Becky all my life. Bob’s infectious laugh and smile greeted you every time you would see him. He will be dearly missed. He leaves behind a great legacy of wonderful kids and loving wife. Love you Perrin’s.
Roy Ravenstahl saysDecember 24, 2019 at 2:32 am
I’m deeply saddened by the loss of Bob who I had the pleasure of meeting a few times in Los Angeles and Palm Springs at the home of Randy & Paul. I loved Bob’s stories along with his warmth, humor and kindness. He was a true gift to all who knew him and I now know where Randy got all those wonderful attributes. Rest in Peace, Bob!
Penny Rice saysDecember 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm
Dear Becky, we were so sorry to hear of Bobs death. Know we are thinking of you and sending Gods Blessings. Bob and Penny Rice( we sat behind you at BSU basketball games)❤️
Ray Sorensen saysDecember 27, 2019 at 5:32 am
I sold hardware for several years to Bob and later worked in his store.
We were friends and I will miss him. Boise State has lost a true supporter.
RIP until we meet again on the other side
Mark Ralstin saysJanuary 3, 2020 at 7:20 pm
I always thought the world of Bob. He was tough, but fair. Even trusted me to put windows in his daughters house! My sincere condolences to the family. I will miss his nickname for me…Markleby…