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Robert Lynn Meinen December 3, 1948 - July 27, 2022

Robert L. “Bob” Meinen

December 3, 1948 – July 27, 2022

Boise, Idaho. Bob died peacefully after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 73 years old. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; sons Michael and Scott (Christina) Meinen; granddaughters Lilly, Samantha, and Brooke Meinen; sister Anne Albrecq; niece Heather Pfaff; and nephews Robert and Mathew Meinen.

Bob was born in Florence, Arizona, to Robert Lincoln and Annetta (Furnas) Meinen. They loaded all their possessions into the car and moved to Silver Springs, Nevada in 1952. This desert settlement is at the intersection of Highway 95A and Highway 50, “The loneliest road in America”. It had a bar, café, small motel, real estate office and not much else. While growing up there, Bob acquired a love for wide open spaces and the imagination to entertain himself in the absence of nearby friends and organized activities. In 1962 the family moved to Reno where he attended junior high, high school and the University of Nevada, earning a B.S. Degree in Renewable Natural Resources in 1972.

His and his future wife’s first date was a day of swimming and basking in the sun at Hidden Beach Lake Tahoe. Bob and Theresa (Ward) were married May 31, 1969. The first of their adventures in moving took them to Newark, Delaware where he earned a M.S. Degree in Agricultural Economics. Their oldest son Michael was born in Seaford, Delaware in 1974 while Bob worked in community development for the county extension service. They returned to Nevada where Bob worked as a planner for Nevada State Parks. The next move took them to Boise, Idaho where Bob worked as administrator of the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation for Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, eventually being named Director in 1984. Their youngest son, Scott, joined the family in 1979.

Several more adventures in moving ensued as Bob assumed positions as Cabinet Secretary for Kansas Department of Parks and Wildlife, acting midwest Director for The Nature Conservancy based in Minneapolis, Director of Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation, and Deputy Director of Missouri Department of Parks and Recreation. The family returned to Boise in 2004 where Bob was again Director of Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, retiring in 2009.

The family enjoyed camping and being in the great outdoors. Wind-driven rain at Bruneau Dunes led to a wet tent, soaked sleeping bags, shivering little boys, and the purchase of a series of RVs ranging from cabover pickup camper, trailers, and a motorhome. Bob truly loved his work for state parks and enjoyed staying in the parks where he was able to visit with park managers and staff on their own turf. Grapevines are active in all park systems and they always seemed to know when he was coming.

Bob was patient, slow to anger, eager to listen, willing to compromise for the common good, and respectful of others. He also had a good sense of humor, an acceptable degree of stubbornness, and a dislike for electronic communication devices.

The family thanks Portia and Kristin for the loving care they gave Bob.

A memorial service will be held at Boise First United Methodist Church (Cathedral of the Rockies) downtown campus on Tuesday August 9 at 11:00 AM.

To honor Bob, please donate to the Friends of Idaho State Parks, Oregon Parks Forever, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

There will be a memorial service at The Cathedral of the Rockies August 9 at 11am.

 

Condolences(9)

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    Heather Pfaff says

    You will be missed Uncle Bob 🖤

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    Mike Carrier says

    So sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. Those of us who knew and worked with him will always think of him when he was at the top of his game as a dedicated park’s professional.

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    Dean and Dee Sangrey says

    Bob made our world a much happier, more positive place every day. He will be lovingly remembered every day and sorely missed.

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    Jeff Hoedt says

    Bob was an incredible mentor and leader. I truly learned a great deal from him at the IDPR and also enjoyed an opportunity to cross paths with him later when we both had left Idaho and moved on to other jobs. He will be greatly missed.

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    Brian Miller says

    I will always remember Bob as a wonderful boss, a great leader and a great friend. I always enjoyed Bob’s company and will miss him.

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    Steve Klatt says

    I had the pleasure of being on the IDPR Board when we hired Bob to return to Idaho. He was able to focus on details and keep them in perspective. He was thorough and thoughtful, astute and persistent. He was a kind and compassionate man, wanting others to succeed around him, and always aware of the political forces at play around him. He was dealt an unfair hand of cards to play, handled fate with grace and left us all way too early. At the beginning and end of the day, he was a very good man!

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    Joyce Clark says

    One of my early days at IDPR he came to my desk and took me outside to see the deer who frequented the agency. He talked about his love of the agency and its staff. I was honored to have worked with him. Rest in Peace.

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    Anne Meinen Albrecq says

    There will be moments when tears will fall, & I will miss you so much. I know that you are at peace, free from the grip of Alzheimer’s. You became such an amazing person, & accomplished so much during your life. Your dedication to improve & protect so many state park systems, left each one that you touched a better place. I have always admired you, & I am so proud that you are my brother. I love you. Anne

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    Mark & Mary Olin says

    Theresa, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bob was such a special true friend! He was always able to connect, share laughter, have thoughtful conversation, enjoy an outdoor adventure. No matter how many miles separated us or how much time had passed the same warm friendship was always there.
    We miss him greatly and will always remember him with joy.
    Our deepest sympathy, Mark & Mary

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