Bernard Eschief, a Shoshone and Bannock tribal member and Pima Indian, 72, of Fort Hall passed away March 9, 2012 at his home with his family around him.
He was born July 1, 1939 in Blackfoot, the son of Barny and Cecelia Cosgrove Eschief.
Bernard attended the St. Margaretâ€™s Parochial School and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1957. He also attended Notre Dame and Idaho State University.
Bernard married Elberta Truchot on Jan. 9, 1962 in Elko, Nev.
They lived in the Blackfoot area most of his life. He loved sports and was a pitcher and quarterback in school. He was instrumental in starting the basketball and baseball tournament.
He worked as a mechanic for FMC/ Astaris from 1964 until he retired in 2000. He also worked as a cattle rancher and farmer.
In the late 1970's he served on the Fort Hall Business Council and was on the Board of Director of the Fort Hall Stockmanâ€™s Association and was on the Gibson District Planning Committee. He also worked for Fort Hall Recreation in 1962, where he and others planned a field day/pow-wow which initiated what is now the Fort Hall Shoshone bannock Indian Festival. He was a 4-H leader for many years and was a member of the Klatiwah 4-H Booster Club of Fort Hall, promoting the Indian culture and dances
Bernard loved to watch sports on television. He enjoyed watching and was an avid fan of the Fort Hall basketball/softball tournaments. salmon fishing at Yankee Fork. He always supported his grandchildren in their sporting advents.
He is survived by his wife Elberta of 51 years; 3 sons, David (Connie) Eschief of Fort Hall, Brian (Alicia) Eschief of Blackfoot and Victor Diana Eschief of Gibson; daughter, Pamela (Karen) Eschief of Denver, Colo., and Anne (Robert M) Tuell; and a sister, Nancy Eschief Murillo of Fort Hall; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews in Scottsdale, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Tom and a sister Bernadine Ricker.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 7 p.m. March 12, 2012 at the Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.
Family will meet with friends on noon Tuesday until time of service at his residence at Besto Road and Truchot Road in Fort Hall. There will be a sunrise service Wednesday morning at the residence. Traditional burial services will be held at 2 Wednesday at the Gibson Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.