Lewis “Lee” St. John, 70, longtime resident of St. Maries, Idaho, died at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. September 10, 2019. He was born to Lewis “Bud” and Louisa (Williams) St. John November 13, 1948 in Spokane.
Lee grew up in Emida, Idaho, attending grade school there. He graduated from St. Maries High School with the class of 1967. Following high school, he attended North Idaho Junior College for one year before enlisting into the U.S. Navy.
Lee married Linda Edwards on December 27, 1969 in St. Maries. With Linda by his side, Lee was stationed in San Diego for boot camp, Jacksonville for school and training and Quonset Point, RI for his job as an aviation electrician.
After an honorable discharge, Lee and Linda returned to St. Maries. Lee went to work for Edwards Mill, and held several positions there. It was well known that every job Lee performed, he would be constantly snacking through it. For a brief time in the late 1980s Lee farmed, running cattle, growing wheat and selling hay. He then went to work as a gypo logger working for McFarland Pole.
He logged for many years, semi-retiring in 2006. Because he always had to stay busy, Lee bought a brand new Dodge pickup and went to work for Pinnacle transporting RVs and campers all over the United States, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii. In the life of his Dodge pickup, he put over a million miles on it. In 2013 Lee went to work for Valley Vista Care, transporting residents until a heart attack April 30, 2016 forced him to quit. He still continued to work seasonally, driving dump truck for Keith Sibert and Sam Badgett.
Lee was a one of a kind. He was the most caring, friendly and compassionate man you would ever meet. When he met someone, they could truly consider themselves a friend of Lee. People were one of his passions, as well as his garden. He loved growing vegetables and equally loved giving out his produce to anyone who wanted it. Lee enjoyed hunting and was a collector of all things, specifically 8-tracks, Zippos, knives and pens.
Lee is survived by his wife Linda at the family home; sons Mark (Aja) St. John and Brian (Laci) St. John, both of St. Maries; daughter Sarah St. John (Justin Ballew) of St. Maries; mother Louisa St. John Durkin of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; brothers Larry St. John of Coeur d’ Alene, Loran St. John of Tulsa, OK, and Steve (Lynne) Durkin of Great Falls, Mont.; sisters Mary (Bob) Spray of Santa, Idaho, Linnell Bradetich (Brandan Stone) of Coeur d’ Alene, and Catherine (David) Durkin Tapken of Liberty Lake, Wash.; exchange daughters Tabitha Brosnan, Tamara Polakova, Rahel, Ninka, Ona, and Ula; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven adopted grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Bud St. John, sister Lynn Louise St. John and grand-daughter Bella St. John.
Military honors will be presented on September 21, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in St. Maries. A celebration of life will follow at the Eagles Lodge at 12 p.m. with a meal. The family would also like to invite everyone out to the home of Lee and Linda to continue celebrating Lee’s life with a bonfire and stories after services. Memorial donations are suggested by the family to American Legion Post 25 in St. Maries or any local organization in St. Maries. Please visit his online memorial at hodgefuneralhome.com.