September 5, 1945 – September 11, 2013
A truly good and decent man left the earth this week. On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, Walter Isaak, 68, of Twin Falls, Idaho, passed away suddenly of an apparent heart attack in Fairfield, Idaho.
Walt was a devoted family man who would make any sacrifice to insure that the people he loved were happy and safe. He never met a stranger and genuinely cared for people. Walt was a man of his word and possessed a strong work ethic. Throughout his life, he asked for little and gave his all. Walt enjoyed all things outdoors and was never happier than when sitting around a campfire laughing with family and friends.
Walt came into this world on September 5, 1945, in American Falls, Idaho, the 11th child of Peter and Eva Isaak. He spent the first part of his life in Aberdeen, Idaho, ultimately graduating from Idaho State University and settling in Aberdeen becoming a math and business teacher. In 1974, he met Rosalynn Wagner, a new teacher, and they married in 1976. Walt and Roz moved to Cottonwood, Idaho, where Walt again taught school. In the summers, he worked for local farmers to help with harvest and drove shuttles for river rafters of the Salmon River. During the winter months, you would find him skiing at Cottonwood Butte Ski Area and fulfilling the role of skiing Santa around the holidays. They considered Cottonwood home and started their family there with the birth of their son Nathan in 1979. Nate and Roz were the center of Walt's world. Nate was the pride and joy of his life and Walt cherished him.
Walt was deeply involved with school and community activities. He was a member of the Jaycees and JCI Senators receiving the JC Diplomat award, was a member of the Elks, and served for many years on the Cottonwood City Council. Whether it was in the classroom, as a referee or coach for basketball, football, and baseball, or a BPA or class advisor, he was always encouraging his students and young people to be the best they could be.
In recognition of his commitment to kids and teaching, he received the Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Idaho as well as the Idaho State Professional Development Teacher Award. Walt's true legacy is the students he taught and the lessons they learned. He taught them the value of education and, more importantly, the value of service to others.
In 1997, Walt retired from teaching after 28 years in the classroom. He and Roz moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, to be closer to her family and he went to work at Wagner Transportation, the family business. He worked as a bookkeeper and cattle hauler. Walt was well liked and respected by the cattlemen and ranchers in the area and the other drivers he worked with. He was always ready to help and enjoyed the people and places cattle hauling took him.
Walt was preceded in death by his mother and father Peter and Eva, stepmother Kathryn, and six siblings Elmer, Arthur, Harold, Paul, Gertrude, and William. He leaves behind his bride Roz and son Nate, four brother and sisters Margaret, Ruth, Roland, and Irvin, a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his in-laws Roger and Donna Wagner and their son Rod.
While all loved him and will miss him, his wife and son will miss his love, goodness, and respect more than words can express.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Anchor Bistro in Twin Falls, Idaho, on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Please join his family in remembering Walt and sharing the joy he brought to the world. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Yellowstone Park Foundation (www.ypf.org
) in his honor.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.