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Myron Jack Little July 30, 1932 - April 21, 2022

Thursday, April 21, 2022. Myron Jack Little beloved father and friend passed away from complications of liver cancer at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dallas Oregon where he recently moved to an assisted care facility.

Jack was born to Irene Hill-Little and Robert L. Little in Bismarck, North Dakota on July 30, 1932. He was the fourth of four children. At the age of 4, Jack’s family moved to Payette, Idaho. He later attended primary school and graduated from Payette High School in 1951.

Jack enlisted in the US Navy July 1951 during the Korean Conflict and served as a Dental Assistant and was stationed in Orange, Texas. Jack received an honorable discharge July 1955.

Jack returned to Payette Idaho where he met his wife Joan Gilmore of New Plymouth. Jack and Joan were later wed June 1956. Together they had three children Cathy, Linda, and Bob. Jack continued his formal education at a number of various colleges; Blue Mountain College in La Grand Or., College of Idaho in Caldwell and Boise Jr. College in Boise where he received his degree in education. Jack later attended the University of Arizona and received his master’s degree in education, something he was immensely proud to have accomplished.

Jack enjoyed teaching and had an excellent rapport with his students. 1960 – 1965 he taught Science at the 7th & 8th grade level, 1965 – 1968 American History at the High School, 1969 – 1990 Driver’s Education and was the Middle School Principal from 1968 to 1990. During this 30-year career, Jack also coached Baseball and Basketball. Jack retired from education June 8, 1990.

Jack enjoyed being outdoors working at his farm which later became J & J Tree Farm that supplied Christmas Trees to families within the Treasure Valley. Jack was notorious for helping families in need, making sure they had a tree for Christmas.

May 2002 Jack married Wanda Mears in The Dallas, Oregon. He and Wanda lived in Fruitland where he continued to work on his farm until they recently moved to Oregon.

Jack is survived by his wife Wanda Bryan Mears-Little, her seven children and their spouses: Tim Mears, Greg Mears, Ramona Thomas, Brian Mears, Mark Mears, Bill Mears and Rose Williams. He is also survived by his three children: Cathy Little-Ward, Linda Pape and Don and son Bob and Sharry Little. Jack is, also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jack is proceeded in death by his Mother Irene, Father Robert, Sisters Joan Grimmick, Edie Kernan, brother Charles Little and wife Joan Little.

Jack will be laid to rest at the Riverside Cemetery in Payette, Id. Under the direction of Bowman Funeral Home Friday, April 29, 2022, at 10:00 o’clock a.m.

Jack will be laid to rest at the Riverside Cemetery in Payette, Id. Under the direction of Bowman Funeral Home Friday, April 29, 2022, at 10:00 o’clock a.m.

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    Ellen Leonard (O’Neil) says

    Dear Bobby and sisters
    Your dad made such an indelible impression on me as a young teacher from New York. I remember his kindness, humor and his support to this day. I was so lucky to have known him. I am sorry for your loss

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    Gerrie Ahrens Stults says

    We’re sorry to hear about your loss. Jack had an impressive career and he was a good man. I spoke to Jack after Merle Ashworth’s funeral and it was nice to meet him. I told him I am Norman “Skeeter” Ahrens’ sister and he then introduced me to Wanda. They remembered Skeeter and were glad I spoke to them. Norman “Skeeter” and I send you our sympathy. Remember the good times. ~Gerrie Ahrens Stults and Norman “Skeeter” Ahrens

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    Winnie Henggeler says

    Our sincere sympathy-It was always a pleasure seeing Jack ; will miss his friendly smile. I will always so appreciate his support of our family when our daughter, a middle school student at the time, was diagnosed with a serious illness. He was there for us in so many ways. I hope he left this world knowing that he truly did make a difference in students’’ lives. Winnie Henggeler

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    Michael Sasaki says

    Dear Bob, Cathy, Linda, and Wanda and family,
    We were sorry to hear about Mr. Little passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Sasaki family has fond memories of being taught by our Mr. Little in classes and Driver’s Ed. He will be missed by lots of people. Carry on his legacy.
    From the Heart,
    Ruth Sasaki, Cathy Sasaki-White, Patti Ward, Leland Sasaki, and Mike and Sue Sasaki

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