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Jed Turnbull

April 3, 1955 - January 28, 2020

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Posted by:
Rene\' & Reed Transtrom

Posted on:
March 1, 2020

I (Reed) first met Jed at Rene's parents (Dick & Doris Friday) 50th wedding anniversary party. As in true Jed Turnbull fashion, we have been close friends ever since. I think Jed's greatest joy in life was to expose everyone he knew (and maybe some he didn't) to new experiences and adventures. In the 10 years I've known him, that is exactly what he did for Rene' and I. He introduced us (mostly me, because Rene' went with the Turnbulls and her family as a kid) to razor clam digging on the Washington coast, and he organized many trips, to include as many people as he could get to join in. If you were a newbie, like us early on, and didn't have a clam gun, he would build one for you. We still have those clam guns, will use them for years to come, and think of Jed fondly every time we do. It never did make sense to me how someone that lived in Idaho (450 miles from the coast) had to introduce me to razor clam digging, when we live only a couple of hours from the coast. But for Jed, that was a short distance to travel for himself, but mostly to expose his friends to a new and fun adventure. One of the destinations on our travel bucket list for years was Alaska, and who was it to get us there? Jed, of course. He orchestrated a fishing trip that l believe lasted about a month for him, with various friends and family arriving in shifts. When one group would leave, another group would arrive. For us, that was the fishing trip of a lifetime, and I'm sure for others as well. Another trip Jed and I took together was in January one year, fishing for Burbot and Walleye on the Spokane river. That was another new experience for me, and another great trip. It was almost T-shirt weather for part of the fishing, but come fish cleaning time as the sun was setting, it was cold and we were cleaning fish on a layer of snow. I damn near froze my fingers off, and Jed, the mountain man, acted like it was just another Spring or Summer day. We will think of Jed often, and miss him dearly. Reed & Rene'

Posted by:
Rick and Vicki Welter

Posted on:
February 25, 2020

To Aunt Delores, Mathew, Crystal, Karen, Twilla, Travis and our Family and Friends, I share the loss of you’re: Son, Brother, Partner, Father, Nephew, Cousin and Friend. As many have said, Jed was a man that would really give the shirt off his back to a friend in need. Folks just had to ask and he was there to help. If it was a ride to the doctor, cutting some trees or helping at other folks places he was there. This very much applied to all in his direct and extended family . Jed was a leader, he was very quiet about this part of his life; but a leader that was always thinking of others. He was always the first to organize: hunting trips, family and friends clam digs, class reunions, fishing trips and baseball games. In High School he demonstrated his Leaders in FFA, a program that he had a proud association. In his career, he took this to eventually be the leadership of his own successful company. Jed was a conservationist before that was a term. Now many folks would be taken back by that statement given Jed’s always successful hunting and fishing trips; but Jed learned from his father the stewardship of the land and its resources. Jed spent time in the woods and understood the dependencies of wildlife and the habitat. A tree was not cut at random on his land, rather it was all part of greater plan to sustain and enhance the resource with the land and wildlife in mind. Even as a kid Jed helped net trout fry from drying creek ponds to get them further down creek so they would survive the hot summer. A True Sportsman with a love of nature. We will all miss Jed, a gentleman with a heart of gold. I am proud to have been his Cousin! With Love to All Rick Welter

Posted by:
James and Mary Thorpe

Posted on:
February 14, 2020

We met Jen 17 years ago when he in Maryland came down to refinish a road through the years he did much work on our property He became a very close friend and we did many things in our shop together to help them out with his machinery Jed was a real mountain man and intelligent person. When we needed his help he was always there for us Jed was a very polite and caring person God bless him and rest his soul we will miss you Jen

Posted by:
Dianne (DeeDee) Dymack

Posted on:
February 11, 2020

Jed was a caring and loving man, always full of fun and jokes. I am sending my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. I\'d known Jed for years and got to work with him several times while we were both on the Underground Utilities Council when I was working for Northern Lights.

Posted by:
Dianne (DeeDee) Dymack

Posted on:
February 11, 2020

Jed was a caring and loving man, always full of fun and jokes. I am sending my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. I'd known Jed for years and got to work with him several times while we were both on the Underground Utilities Council when I was working for Northern Lights.

Posted by:
Lynne Thompson

Posted on:
February 7, 2020

I went to school and graduated class of 73 with him. Jed worked with my dad for the City of Sandpoint. Jed was an awesome thoughtful person. Joking all the time. He organized a couple fun class reunions the last few years bringing people together. I was so pleased to see him at my dads service last May. He will be missed. He is already.

Posted by:
Mike Gunter

Posted on:
February 7, 2020

Many great memories of Jed growing up together in Sagle. Big man with a big heart! Jed loved and cared about the Sagle community and he lived that through his organization of Sagle baseball teams, Sagle Community picnics, and was the first to jump in when somebody needed help. Jed will be greatly missed!

Posted by:
Anonymous

Posted on:
February 7, 2020

We are very sorry. We hope his family can find comfort in the many memories they have of Jed.

Posted by:
Marie Sulzle O\"Brien

Posted on:
February 4, 2020

So sorry to hear about Jed So young.