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March 30, 1979 - July 7, 2018
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Cole Shale, 39, passed away July 7, 2018 in Athol, Idaho. Conceived in the epic Clearwater region of Idaho, he was born March 30, 1979 in Spokane, WA. 22 years later his beautiful daughter Ciara was born in the same hospital. Moving back to Idaho as an infant, Orofino was Cole’s home until a move to Chattaroy, WA.
He attended school in the Mead district where he met many of his best friends in life. In 1993, Cole and his Mom moved to Colburn, Idaho, where he attended Sandpoint High School.
Besides having a quick wit, a smart mouth and a wicked sense of humor, as a direct descendant of Robert E. Lee, Cole definitely possessed the warrior spirit. Always up for a challenge, at 17, Cole became a red iron welder, constructing many commercial buildings in WA, OR, and Idaho, including the present Bonner County Sheriffs office/jail. With his love of the outdoors and appetite for demanding work, Cole became a logger. He worked every aspect of the trade from saws to processors to his favorites, yarders and high leads, specializing in the retrieval of logs in extreme terrain.
Later, Cole, as per his life long policy, found yet another avenue to maternal worry. Working and supervising Hot Shot wildland firefighting crews. During that time, he also attained an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Growing up, Cole had many hobbies and interests. Firearms, hunting, RC trucks, skiing, motorcycles, fishing and camping. Especially on the N. Fork of the Clearwater River.
Cole was an avid Toyota enthusiast. Driving the same truck since he was 9 years old, he became well known and respected in the local Rock crawling and mudding community.
Always willing to help his friends with their various vehicles his passion was the creativity and fabrication involved with the modification and customization of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Gen. Toyota 4×4’s.
Cole is survived by his daughters Ciara Shale and Krystal Timblin. His Mom Brandy and step Dad, Terry Davis. Step sister Kevyn (Wayne) Ferguson. His father Timothy (Linda) Hall of Ahsahka, Idaho. His half-brother, Kalub Hall of Salem, OR. Paternal Grandmother Erma Jones of Orofino. Aunt Tami (Danny) Firzlaff of Peck, Idaho. Maternal Grandmother Louise Romanelli of St. Helens, OR. Aunt Jolene Parker of Ervine, CA., and several cousins on both sides.
Cole also left behind his long-time companion Delana Manus and his red/blue heeler pup “Boss”. Cole is in great company, he joined his beloved dog “Marlin” and many amazing friends and relatives that all left us too soon. You may finally rest in peace BB.
2 Services are planned a Memorial Run will be held at the Mountain Mafia’ “End of the year Bash” in Bonners Ferry, Idaho on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:00 am and an ash release on the Beautiful North Fork of the Clearwater River in Black Canyon on Saturday, September 22, 2018.