John Barrutia Sr., age 92, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2023. A viewing will be held at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 5:45 PM with Rosary at 6:00 PM. Funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 12:00 PM. Graveside service will follow mass at Mountain View Cemetery.
John was born on March 6, 1931, in Mountain Home to Cipriano and Juanita Barrutia. He was married to Marie Pauline Perron of Chisholm, Maine for 36 years. From this union six children were born.
John worked on the construction of Anderson Ranch Dam from 1949-1951 when the Korean War called him and his brothers to serve. He served in the military (USAF) in Germany from 1951-1955 during the Korean War. Using the GI Bill, John attended Seattle University and graduated in 1962, earning a BS degree in Engineering. His first job after graduation was working for the Martin Company when the Titan One Intercontinental Ballistic Missile complexes were being built in Idaho. John worked at the Mtn. Home AFB Engineering squadron from 1964 until his retirement in 1994. He also operated the Barrutia ranch where he taught his children physical, social and spiritual values including work ethic and other marketable skills that ranching provides.
John had a passion for hunting and camping. He also took interest in running road races after his retirement, especially the Race to Robie Creek. He was very proud of his Basque heritage and was active in the Idaho Basque community. He was a charter member of the Oinkari Basque Dancers and loved playing accordion with his Basque friends.
John is preceded in death by his mother and father, his daughter, Cynthia, his sister Margarita and brothers Juan and Ralph. John is survived by his brother Richard (Hazel) Barrutia, children John (Shelley) Barrutia, Paul Barrutia, Tonya Barrutia, Patti (John) Watson, and Juli (Tim) Corder, Doc Caspers (honorary son), eight grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way.
Special thanks to his amazing in-home caregiver Kerstyn Waters, the kind and loving staff at Ashley Manor, and those that made an effort to visit our dad in his final months.