Arthur Henry Fenwick, age 83, passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014 in Idaho Falls. Art was born in Pocatello on October 26, 1930, and was the oldest son of Arthur and Velma Curtis. Although he was born in Pocatello, he grew up in Chubbuck on the Fenwick Farm.
Art attended Pocatello High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1948. He was stationed in Alaska. After the Korean War ended he was honorably discharged in 1952, and he returned to Pocatello to work. He married Beverly Jean Peart in 1953. Together they had three children: Kristin, Todd, and Timothy. Art and Beverly divorced in 1966.
Art married Betty Jo Davis Bunce in 1968. Art adored Betty Jo for 46 years of marriage.
While in Pocatello, Art worked for Consolidated Freightways, Union Pacific RR, Bannock County, and Bucyrus Erie. In 1983 Art and Betty Jo ditched the big city life and moved to Challis, ID where Art worked for the Challis National Forest as a seasonal employee for almost twenty years until his retirement. Art and Betty Jo then spent their winters dragging their fifth-wheel trailer all over Mexico and Arizona. Art couldn’t wait to put the cold winters of Idaho behind him and head to the warmer climate of Mexico. Art and Betty Jo enjoyed the Mexican culture and made lots of friends who welcomed them back each year.
Art was a hard worker and a man of many talents. Art built the family cabin at Ramshorn, where many fond memories of 30 years are cherished. Not only could Art build, but he was also known for his beautiful water color paintings, wooden toys, sour dough pancakes, delicious rolls, and homemade ice cream. Art shared his great love for the Idaho outdoors with his children and grandchildren by hiking, backpacking, and hunting with them. He also enjoyed teaching them how to fish, but once they learned then the competition was on.
Art was preceded in death by his parents, his two sisters Lillian and Marion, his brother William, and his stepchildren Kristine and Michael Bunce.
Art is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Fenwick of Idaho Falls, ID; his six brothers: Gene of Peoria AZ, Marvin of Carr, CO, Richard of Nampa, ID, Charles of Nampa, ID, Wesley of Scottsdale, AZ, and Robert of Apache Junction, AZ; a daughter in law, Paula, three children, eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives.
A celebration of Art’s life will be held at Fred Bunce’s home (530 Juniper Court, Shelley, ID) on September 27, 2014 at 12:00 Noon. We will honor Art with stories, memories, a military salute, and delicious rolls.