Obituary of Frederick L. Walston
Frederick L. Walston, a true Idaho native, passed away in his sleep March 31, 2019, hopefully dreaming of fly-fishing at Riggins, one of his very favorite past times! Fred was born on a cold and wintery day January 6, 1941, in Gooding, Idaho. The family finally moved to Boise in 1951 where Fred attended Garfield Grade School, East Jr. High, and graduated from Boise High in 1959.
Fred was not only an affable personality but an outstanding athlete, who played both baseball and basketball. He was named in some news articles as one of the most outstanding basketball players in Idaho during his senior year. Fred greatly loved history and while growing up, he loved to participate in family debates with his father and his older brother, Rod, on the timely topic of the day. This family debate tradition lived on with Fred and his many friends throughout life - and even his identical-twin grandsons who are dedicated debaters at the University of California-Berkeley. He married his soulmate, JoAn (Yoder) in 1964; they had two daughters, Lorinda and Heather, whom he adored.
Fred attended the College of Idaho on a basketball scholarship and graduated from Boise State University in 1967. After graduating from BSU, he accepted a marketing position with Mountain Bell Telephone Co. where he worked until 1972. Then he had a wonderful opportunity to move to Huntington, WV, and manage two Holiday Inns for the mayor. After five years, he chose to move back to the Idaho he loved. Mountain Bell took him back with open arms in 1977, and he eventually moved on to AT&T and ended up retiring from US West (now CenturyLink) in 1996.
Being thrilled to be back in “God’s Country,” his wife and daughters recall that each morning he would wake up shrieking “Les Bois, Les Bois, Boise, Les Bois.” With not having to work such long hours, the family decided to grab as much of the gusto of the great Idaho outdoors as they could and took up alpine and Nordic skiing, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, and golfing. His wife and his girls still grimace when they think of how their “wanderlust” father would get them in the car for a little ride and four hours later they would still be a gazillion miles from home.
After Fred and JoAn took early retirement, his “wanderlust” took over even more and he and JoAn traveled quite extensively throughout Europe, China, Africa, South America, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, and Alaska. He also enjoyed walking his grand dogs through the foothills and on the Greenbelt.
Fred is survived by his wife and best friend, JoAn, of 54 years; two daughters, Lorinda Walston (Paul Richards) of Boise, and Heather Walston-Eusterman of Walnut Creek, CA; four grandchildren, Kasey Dixon (Wes) and Lindsay Malm of Boise, and Michael and Mark Eusterman of Berkeley, CA; one great grandson, Donovan Dixon; the father of his granddaughters, Dave Malm of Boise; brother, Roderick Walston (Margie) of Orinda, CA; sister-in-law, Phyllis Johns, Boise; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Iva Walston, and younger sister, Kay Walston.
Frederick was a true man for all seasons – a genuinely warm and friendly person who was a tower of strength filled with compassion, kindness, and humor. He felt that meaningful relationships in life are far more important than ambition, financial and professional status, or anything materialistic you can acquire. Great memories will be with all of us forever who loved and adored him!
A “Celebration of Life” will take place Friday, April 19, 4:00 p.m., at the Barber Park Events Center, 4049 So. Eckert Road, Boise. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Fred’s great love of history, contributions may be made to the Idaho State Historical Society through their web site or at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712, or to a favorite charity.