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November 13, 1944 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Larry Sam Simis, 79, a resident of Gooding passed away on Monday, January 8th, 2024.
The son of Sam O. Simis and Anna Marie Casch, Larry was born on November 13th, 1944 in Gooding, Idaho. Growing up, Larry learned responsibility by working on the family farm feeding animals and milking cows. While he was in high school, he took great pride in restoring, detailing, and painting his beloved 1957 Chevy. As a senior he served as student body president proudly representing his school and classmates. His high school friendships lasted a lifetime.
After graduating from Gooding High School, he attended the University of Idaho for a short time. He decided to come back home and propose to his sweetheart Lana Larsen who he had his eye on since he was 12 years old. On Christmas Eve at his parents’ home, Larry asked Lana to marry him. They married on April 17th 1965, in Gooding, Idaho. They settled in Gooding and their marriage brought them three children – Todd, Michael and Shelley -- who have given them more joy than words can ever express.
During this time of raising their children, Larry worked long hours for 18 years at the Beakon Bean Company providing for his family. Larry then took a job at Gooding Seed Company working with his brother Don Simis and Larry Roberston until his retirement. Larry felt honored to assist the farmers with needed services and he enjoyed taking Lana on rides to check out the farmers crops.
Over the years, he liked to fish, hunt, and spend time with family at the cabin near Redfish Lake. Larry loved watching his children and grandchildren compete in various activities and sports and was always proud of them. Larry and Lana cherished their family vacations creating memories that will last a lifetime. He loved the game of golf. It was a lifelong sport for him playing with his family in the Father’s Day tournaments where he was known as the “Shark”. Special memories were made in the annual Member Guest tournament that he looked forward to every year.
Larry and Lana enjoyed their friendships through poker club gatherings, cruise and travel vacations, golf tournaments, and sporting events. Travels after Larry’s retirement included many trips to Arizona in their 5th wheel to gather with friends. He immensely enjoyed his daily coffee gatherings with his buddies and Thursdays were always reserved for seniors’ golf.
During his lifetime he served on the Gooding School District Board, as a Gooding Booster Club President, participated in Optimist Club activities and was currently serving as Board Chairman of the Gooding Cemetery District.
Larry was like an oak tree, ever so strong, sturdy and stable. He endured many health struggles including a heart attack, a pacemaker implant, lung cancer, and every time he fought back to overcome these challenges. Of course, his stubbornness prevailed, never bending much...just like the oak tree. He will always be our Captain America fighting through until the end. Dad loved watching football and he and mom enjoyed watching the national championship game on the night he passed. We will love you always and forever.
He is survived by his wife – Lana Simis; his children – Todd (Lissa) Simis, Michael (Holly) Simis, Shelley (Chris) Comstock; his grandchildren – Makena (Katie) Simis, Peyton Simis, Preslie Simis, Shae Simis, Bryson Comstock, Riley Comstock, and Taylen Comstock; great granddaughter - Avery Simis; and sister - Nancy Mortensen.
He was preceded in death by his parents - Sam and Anna Simis; and sisters - Minnie Krahn and Dorothy Lutz; and brother - Don Simis.
The funeral will be held on Friday, January 12th, 2024 at 11:30 am at the Methodist Church in Gooding followed by lunch and celebration at the Gooding Country Club.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gooding Golf Course.