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Official Obituary of

Eugene "Gene" Leroy Behunin

January 19, 1937 ~ March 18, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Eugene "Gene" Behunin Obituary

     It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Eugene “Gene” Leroy Behunin a beloved military veteran, revered builder, accomplished musician, and devoted family man. Gene passed away peacefully at the age of 87, leaving behind a rich tapestry of memories and an enduring legacy of love and dedication.

     Born and raised in Gooding County, Idaho, Gene epitomized the values of honor, resilience, and community spirit. Serving his country with distinction, he bravely defended the freedoms we hold dear, leaving an indelible mark of courage on the hearts of many.

      In addition to his esteemed military service, Gene was widely respected for his remarkable talents as a general builder and carpenter. His skilled hands crafted homes, structures, and dreams, shaping the landscape of his community and leaving behind a legacy of craftsmanship and excellence.

     Gene married Donna Marie Christensen 26 June 1965 in Pocatello, Idaho. They moved to Gooding Idaho where they raised their 6 children on the Behunin family ranch.

     In addition to his remarkable professional and community achievements, Gene cherished his time with family, engaging in a variety of outdoor activities that brought them together in joyous camaraderie. Whether it was boating on Anderson Ranch Reservoir in Pine, exploring snow-covered trails on snowmobiles above Pine and Featherville, Idaho, or traversing rugged landscapes on horseback, Gene reveled in the beauty of nature alongside his loved ones.

     Their cherished cabin served as a sanctuary where countless memories were forged, laughter echoed through the walls, and bonds were strengthened. Gene's passion for the great outdoors extended to his personal pursuits of hunting and fishing, where he found solace and connection with the natural world.

     Gene's commitment to community extended beyond his professional endeavors, as evidenced by his active involvement in the American Legion. He tirelessly dedicated his time and energy to supporting fellow veterans and their families, embodying the spirit of service and camaraderie.

     Furthermore, Gene's love for building was not confined to his professional career but extended to meaningful projects with his three boys. Together, they embarked on countless endeavors, leaving behind a legacy of shared experiences, valuable lessons, and cherished memories.

     Yet, it was Gene’s passion for music that truly set his soul on fire. As a founding member of the renowned band, the Sundowners, his melodies captivated audiences far and wide, earning him a place of honor in the hearts of music lovers everywhere. His contributions to the local music scene will be remembered and cherished for generations to come.

     Beyond his professional accomplishments, Gene found his greatest joy and fulfillment in his role as a devoted family man. Survived by the LOVE OF HIS LIFE Donna of 59 years, 5 loving children, Terry (Vanessa), Kristine (Tim), Rodney and Brian, Ennice (Ron) as well as a legacy of 20 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren, he leaves behind a family bond that is as enduring as his spirit.

     Gene’s memory will forever be cherished by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. Though he may no longer walk among us, his music will continue to echo in our hearts, and his glowing smile will remind us of the beauty and joy he brought into our lives.

     In honoring Gene’s life and legacy, let us celebrate the profound impact he made on our lives and communities. May we carry forward his spirit of resilience, creativity, and love, ensuring that his memory lives on in our hearts forever.

     Preceded in death by his father and mother; grandparents, sister - Lois; daughters - Kelli and Barbara (from a previous marriage); and a grandson.

    A viewing will be held on Monday, March 25, 2024 from 5:00 -7:00 pm at Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel.

     A funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Gooding at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 26, 2024; with a viewing at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

     Burial with military honors will follow at Elmwood Cemetery after the church service.

     Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service - Gooding Chapel.






























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March 25, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Demaray Funeral Service - Gooding Chapel
737 Main Street
Gooding, Idaho 83330

March 26, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Gooding L.D.S. Church
1228 Main Street
Gooding, Idaho 83330

Funeral Service
March 26, 2024

11:00 AM
Gooding L.D.S. Church
1228 Main Street
Gooding, Idaho 83330


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