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Gene Courtney

August 22, 1937 - August 8, 2021

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Clyde Gene Courtney, 84, passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at his home in Laclede, Idaho. A celebration of Gene’s life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021 at Trinity at the City Beach in Sandpoint. A celebration of Gene’s life will be held from Monday, August 16, 2021 at Nikki, and Brent Irwin’s home in Meridian. Please call for details: 208-870-9822.
Gene was born on August 22, 1936 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Clyde and Vennetta Courtney. He grew up in Boise, graduating from Boise High School in 1954 where he exceled in ski racing and football. He then served his country in the United States Army. He attended Boise Junior College and worked as a surveyor in McCall.
Gene married Sandra Lee Ashbaugh on November 25, 1961 at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Boise. He worked as a Civil Engineer on the Libby, MT dam and other large projects throughout the country. He and Sandy enjoyed living on their boat in San Francisco Bay Area.
Gene was a member of the Libby Logger’s and Libby J.C.’s. He also served on the Laclede Water Board. His first passion was boating and spending time on the water with his family. He was a masterful woodworker and loved working with his hands.
He is survived by his companion Ilene Bell of Laclede; four children Kris Courtney and husband Manuel Flores of Concord, CA, Mike (Kari) Courtney of Newman, CA, Nicole (Brent) Irwin of Meridian, ID, and Elyse (John) Dinsenbacher of Frisco, CO; seven grandchildren Kyle, Heather, Alex, Courtney, Megan, Sami, and Chloe; and seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Sandy Courtney in 2010.
Memorial donations may be made to Bonner Community Hospice, 503 N. Third Ave, Sandpoint, ID 83864.