Wade James Quinn, 56, of Ucon Idaho, passed away Dec 2nd, 2021. Wade was a resident of Life Care Center, of Idaho Falls for the last 2 years, as they were better able to address his physical and medical needs.
Wade was a life time resident of Idaho, he grew up in the Coltman area of Idaho Falls, He was the 6th of 7 children born to John and Marlene Quinn. His siblings are Aldean (Bliss) Wheeler, Allen (Christine) Quinn, Paul (Valine) Quinn, Vaughn (Cindy, who was called to her Heavenly home 6 mos ago) Quinn, Sheila (Stuart) Purser, and Ranae (Robert) Smith.
Wade graduated Bonneville High School in 1983, where he played football, basket ball, and took every shop class available. Wade was a natural working with his hands, understanding varied tricks and tips to create whatever he imagined. He was an amazing mechanic (being taught by his Dad from an early age). He was an auto body and paint man, and could always be found working on something for someone. He worked at Smith Chevrolet, Classic Auto body, Precision body works, and A-Core of Idaho. Wade traveled a lot while working for A-Core as a concrete cutter. He worked on big Government road jobs, and mastered his craft with respect and integrity. Everyone appreciated and respected his work ethic.
His brothers have many memories of Wade helping and doing projects on their cars. He's cut a cab off one old collector vehicle, and weld it onto another one. He removed motors, and put more powerful ones in. He would make a paint booth in his Dad's big 4 bay shop using stage curtains from an old church, whatever it took to make a project work the way he envisioned it. His Dad was often by his side enjoying the challenges as much as his son did. His brother Allen remembers Wade being a last minute addition to his wedding, they can't remember details, but there Wade was dressed in a tux, part of the wedding party (Wade was around 13 yrs old).
His older sisters have fond memories of how much Wade adored his little nieces and nephews. They remember well all the times Wade would come over to the shop with his infant and toddler boys all by himself (Wade could never get enough time with his boys). Ranae (3 yrs younger than Wade) remembers wanting to play with Wade, but he, being a rambunctious boy, had little time for his baby sister. Wade created the coolest 'corrals' with rope tied to the bed leg frames, and over to another piece of furniture creating many corrals. Ranae suggested she would be a horse and he could be a cow, of course big brother had no interest in that! Ranae and Wade were really close in spite of the big brother antics. She would often drop by and visit her brother, and check on our family. Wade loved his baby sister.
In 1987 he married Beckie (and her 8 yr old daughter, Taushi). Wade was the best Dad ever! Taushi will tell you to this day, he never called her “step daughter”, or “his wife's daughter”, from the beginning she was in every way, HIS daughter. Wade and Taushi could be found downstairs every Monday night during football season watching the game. Taushi loved watching football with her Dad, and he taught her all about the game from age 8, she loves football to this day. For years after Wade started his decline in health, Taushi would come pick him up and take him to her house to watch Monday night football on her big screen TV.
In October of 1987, Wade and Beckie had their 1st son, Shauvin Jake Quinn, he was the apple of his Daddy's eye, and looks so much like his Dad! Wade would take him over to grandpa Quinn's shop when he was still in diapers (Wade never minded changing a diaper). Wade would be fixing something on some car, and Shauvin would be there with him checking out all the tools, and having a blast being with his Dad. They worked on many projects, doing auto body, paint, and a couple engine swaps. They spent a lot of time in that shop all through Shauvin's High school years.
July 1989, they were blessed with their 2nd son, Collin James Quinn. Collin was the “easy” child, always content, entertained himself, and was the one who was happy to just cuddle in your arms. Our Collin always made us laugh. Collin and his brother both went with their Dad to grandpa Quinn's shop. At just over 20 mos apart, they were a handful, and Wade loved every minute of it. He never got frustrated, or over whelmed, he just loved his little boys. Collin was Wade's 'fishing buddy', countless trips, and many memories, were made together going fishing.
Wade and his boys, enjoyed snowmobiling, 4 wheeling, camping, target shooting, fixing up their cars/trucks, and just spending time together. Often times Wade would be working in his Dad's shop, while Shauvin and Collin would be out enjoying grandpa's property and the river bottoms on their 4 wheelers, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and go-cart.
Numerous were the times Wade would be out of town, for work, and would be driving home in the wee hours of the morning. Beckie would wake up to an empty bed, expecting Wade to have come in during the night, and panic a little that he wasn't home yet. Upon further inspection, Wade could be found in his boys double bed, one little wrist in one hand, one little ankle in the other hand, all sleeping peacefully. Beckie commented many times “how could you not love a man that loved his children that much”.
As a family, we were able to travel to different work sites with Wade when he was out of state. We would stay with Wade in a motel, or mobile home during the summer. Collin was born in Bozeman, MT. Beckie was 2 weeks from her due date and they went to Bozeman to see their Daddy one last time before Collin was born, we weren't sure that Wade would even make it home for his birth. To everyone's surprise, Collin decided to make an early appearance, and was born in Bozeman, and his Daddy was there to welcome him into the world. The family stayed in Bozeman for 2 mos before returning back to Ucon. Precious times with just the 5 of us, the Lord works in mysterious ways!
In 1995 Taushi gave birth to our first grandson, Wade was 29 and a grandpa! He loved his little grandson just like he did his own 3 kids. Wade always loved kids, every niece and nephew was cherished by uncle Wade. 18 years later we blessed with our 2nd grandson (we waited a long time for another baby grand child to love), 3 ½ years later, a grand daughter joined our family, both are Collin's children. In 2020, we were again blessed with another grandson from Shauvin (and Sarah). We also have 3 great grandsons, (2 here on earth, and one in Heaven) thanks to our Drayven (and Savanna).
It was May of 1999, Wade was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, we were told he would only live 2 to 5 years, and that no one survived this type of brain cancer. Taushi was married, but our 2 boys were only 10 and almost 12 yrs old. With many tears and many many prayers, Wade was told through a priesthood blessing, that he would live to raise his boys to adulthood. He didn't miss any of his boys football games, or anything else his boys were involved in. Wade took this time to teach them a lot about mechanics. He helped them build go-carts, restore their first cars, rebuild motorcycles, and he had a really good 10 years as he soldiered through chemo and radiation.
In 2009 he suffered his first stroke, and from then on, he had 3 more strokes all effecting his brain. Traumatic brain injury has life changing effects on a body, these were difficult times. He taught our children much about compassion, care giving, and unconditional love, as they helped with their Dad's needs. Disasters become miracles as we grow and learn what love really means, and we sacrifice for someone out of pure unconditional love. What a valuable lesson Wade's sacrifice was to our family.
In August of this year we were able to take Wade to a park 2 blocks from the care center, it was that day he finally got to meet his 17 mo old grandson (Brixton) and his great grandson (Kyden) for the very first time, (They were born 4 days apart). With Covid and all that mess, we were so grateful that Wade could see his grand babies, and watch them play.
Everyone loved Wade, and they respected him, even in his rapidly declining state, brother in laws, his father in law, and his kids took Wade fishing, to demolition derbies, and anywhere they thought Wade would enjoy being with them. His brothers and sisters would take him to lunch, go Christmas shopping, to make sure Wade had gifts for his kids from him, and they were a big financial help throughout these many years. Our families really supported us, and we will be forever grateful to have 2 families that were so kind and loving.
Wade had childhood friends that would stop by and visit him, and his dear friend Todd, has never missed a month checking in to see if we needed anything, and often visiting his old friend. You can't truly appreciate the love and difficult task of trying to communicate with Wade those last 11 years, unless you lived it, it was hard. Wade was truly blessed by neighbors, friends, family, and our children.
With grateful hearts, we thank you all for the love, compassion, and help during these many years. Wade taught us all what it means to endure to the end, and through it all, he very seldom complained. He is our husband, father, grandfather, great grand father, and he is our hero.
Wade was preceded in death by his father, John Quinn and our precious great grandson, Colsten Aicher. (Wade will be in his glory being able to love our little great grandson, until the rest of us get there.).
Wade is survived by his wife Beckie, his children (Taushi, Shauvin, Collin), his mother, Marlene Quinn, his siblings, many nieces and nephews, his 4 grand children, (Drayven, Raleigh, Indie, and Brixton), and 2 great grand children, (Ryson and Kyden).
Wade wanted to be cremated, and didn't want a funeral. He just wanted a family get together with our families and a few close friends sharing memories. We will honor his wishes, and have a family celebration of Life in the summer, when the world is beautiful again.
Thank you all for sweet sentiments, an outpouring of love, shared memories, and many prayers. Our family is greatly comforted by your love. It is a very humbling experience to know how many people loved and respected our sweet Wade, thank you so much, we love you and are blessed by you. Please join us in celebrating his 'earthly release', and the beginning of his new journey where there is no pain, or torment, only love. Wade was most valiant, enduring to the end, and taught us all invaluable life lessons. Thank you Father in Heaven for the knowledge of eternity, and family forever.