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Nicholas R. (Nick) Cox January 23, 1935 - February 1, 2021

Nicholas R. (Nick) Cox

Nicholas R. (Nick) Cox died peacefully on February 1, 2021 after a long slow cognitive decline and a short final illness; he was 8­6.

He is survived by his children O’Brien and Alexander, grandchildren Otis, Rufus and Truman; and brothers Bill and Steve.

A long time resident of Ketchum, having lived previously in Mill Valley, California and Bend, Oregon, he moved to Boise in 2016.

Nick was an avid fisherman and student of stream hydrology and habitat. While in Ketchum, he did many projects on the Big Wood River to enhance stream bank stability and fish habitat. He also was an active golfer at Sun Valley and other regional courses.

Deepest thanks to his case manager Lauren Miller, Treasure Valley Hospice, Red Fox Home Care, and the staff at You’re at Home adult residence for their dedicated care of Nick in his last days.

Cremation by Bowman Funeral Home, no services.

Remembrance and scattering of ashes will take place when permitted by pandemic conditions.

Memorials may be made to the Ketchum Community Library, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, and the Western Watersheds Project.

Please visit Nick’s memorial webpage at www.bowmanfuneral.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.

Remembrance and scattering of ashes will take place when permitted by pandemic conditions.


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    Dennis Wright says

    As a former Blaine County Commissioner, I got to know Nick somewhat over the years since he came before us dozens of times for permits that allowed him to work on private river restoration projects. He was knowledgeable of fluid dynamics and knew his business besides having passion for his work.
    I’m believing Nick was a person who lived his dream and left the world better because of his visit.
    My condolences to his family.

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    Danica Remy says

    Nick was such an important influence on my life, with both his leadership at the Independent Learning School(ILS), as well as his and Jan’s entrusting O’Brien and Alexander to my care when I was a teenager in Mill Valley. The teachers and students who joined us for the ILS reunion a few years ago so enjoyed having him share his stories but more importantly how he listened to the adventures of the ILS students since graduating or leaving ILS. I have fond memories of him pondering papers at his desk at the school, contemplating the best course of action for students. Although he was harsh at times, he always had the student’s best interests at heart. He was a very special man and many of us are immensely grateful for his leadership in bringing the educational program at ILS to so many of us.

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    John G. Loehr says

    Nick Cox was a major contributor to the creation of the Independent Learning School in Corte Madera, CA. We worked closely together for several years in the early ‘70s and became good friends. Nick was a hard worker with a wide repertoire of skills. The extraordinary home that he designed and built on the banks of the Deschutes River outside of Bend, OR, was a striking and beautiful structure.

    Passing through Ketchum in 2010, I tried unsuccessfully to contact Nick and had to satisfy myself with a great hamburger at his favorite, the Pioneer Saloon. I toasted him with a cold beer.

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    Robert Bolgard says

    I recently replaced my late wife as a member of the Princeton Class of 1957 Caring Committee, and I am catching up on sending condolences to the families of classmates who died earlier this year. I knew Nick at college, and having come from Evanston, IL to Princeton I am also very familiar with Northwestern U., from which he eventually graduated. He was a well-liked classmate and lived the kind of life that many of us corporate types envied. All of us extend our sincere sympathies to Alex, O’Brien, and his other family members.

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