10254 W. Carlton Bay | Garden City, ID 83714

Robert James Elam April 2, 1981 - January 30, 2022

On January 30, 2022, Robert James “Rob” Elam went to be with the Lord at the age of 40.

Robert was born on April 2, 1981, to Steve and Anita (Smith-Hendricks) Elam. He was raised in Boise and grew up in the Columbia Road neighborhood where he met his childhood best friends, Christopher Coburn, and Sam Piirto.  They spent most days outside just being boys, having fun, and getting into mischief.  Robert played baseball from tee ball up to Babe Ruth, wrestled, and later attended Meridian High School.

After high school, Robert developed a passion for rock climbing and spent much of his time looking for the next big rock challenge with his good friends, “Combs”, “Oman”, “Beach”, “Miller, and “McGowen.” They even participated in several rock climbing competitions and gained some sponsorships.

Later, this crew and Robert went on to fight wildfires for several seasons throughout the northwest. They had one memorable trip to Arizona to help with discovery after the Challenger Shuttle went down. Robert has been a hard working employee and spent the last six years working for Rich Drywall.

The most important thing in Robert’s life became his son, Kingston, born in 2015. When they met, it was love at first sight, and from that moment on, they rarely spent time apart. Some of the many things they enjoyed doing together were fixing and racing remote control cars, swimming in the backyard pool, camping, fishing, and just hanging out. Robert will surely be watching from above with the angels until he can see his boy again.

To best describe Robert, he never met a stranger, he always had a hug, and greeted his friends and family with a big smile and genuinely wanted to know how they had been. He will forever be remembered, and greatly missed.

Robert is survived by his mother, Anita Hendricks, father, Steve (Janet) Elam, sisters, Michelle Elam and Danielle (Jeff) Hall, niece and nephew, Jaiden and Zachary Darr, nephews, Alex and Ashton Hall, half-sister, Donna (Kenny) Upson, stepsister, Kimberly Deck, stepbrother, Brent Lievsay, and several cousins, aunt, uncle, and friends.  Robert was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, at 10am at the Bowman Funeral parlor located at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr., Garden City, Idaho. Interment will follow at the Dry Creek Cemetery located at 9600 W. Hill Rd, Boise, Idaho, and a reception at the VFW Hall located at 8931 W. Ardene St. Boise.

A viewing will take place prior to services on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, from 5-7pm at the Bowman Funeral Parlor.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.bowmanfuneral.com

To watch the funeral service,l please visit: https://vimeo.com/675262875


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    Kim Ransom Hollingsworth says

    Anita & family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss of Robert. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time too. Cherish your memories and lean on each other when your grief gets so overwhelming. And, know that he is with God now and you’ll see him again. Praying for comfort for you too.

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    Randy Ford says

    Steve (and Janet), I missed you at bowling last Tuesday and now understand why. I am so sorry for your loss and the anguish you feel at this time. Many years ago I watched my father simply sit down and cry at the site of particularly gruesome automobile accident from which I had survived. He said no parent should ever outlive their child. So, I have some idea of the pain and loss you feel. Hang in there…

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    Mary Duhart says

    My thoughts and prayers are with Robert’s family during this difficult time!

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    Irene White says

    Anita, Sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. 🌹

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    Dixie King says

    Anita & family I’m so sorry for your loss of Robert. I Pray that the Good Lord wraps his arms around all of Robert’s family and gives each and everyone of you the strength to get threw this terrible time in your lives. Love you Anita

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