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Joe H. Rainwater, 87, Pocatello resident passed away at his home following an illness on Sept. 24, 2010.
He was born January 18, 1923 in Porum, Oklahoma to a family of four children, two boys and two girls. He attended school in Porum, Oklahoma, graduating from high school in 1940.
Joe attended Conners State Ag. College, Warner, Oklahoma and O.S.U in 1942 until graduation in 1944. He received his degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduation, Joe was drafted in to the Army and was immediately put into the Navy as a Seaman 1st Class.
Joe went to Great Lakes Naval Training Station. He was promoted to Ensign. He was sent to Hollywood, Florida where he married Sibyl Smith who was also from Oklahoma.
Joe and Sibyl were then transferred to Norfolk, Virginia for a month and from there to Ann Arbor, Michigan. At Ann Arbor, Joe was enrolled in a course in navel Architecture which lasted nine months. At the end of that time he was sent to Bremerton, Washington Naval Yard.
After about a year the war ended and Joe was discharged in 1946. At the end of WWII, Joe got a job at the Bureau of Mines in Laramie, Wyoming. After working there about a year he got a job with Phillips Petroleum Co in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
He was sent to Oak Ridge for training. In 1951, Joe and wife and two children, Lynn and Ross moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho where Joe worked at the site at the M.T.R.
In 1961 Joe went to work for American Potato Co. in Blackfoot as director of research. He was later in charge of plant operation.
Joe and Sibyl had another son on Aug. 16, 1957, Mark Rainwater. In later years after retiring he spent his time trading on the stock market.
In addition to his work, Joe was active in several sports. He played handball, racquet ball, golf and tennis. He loved to fly fish and enjoyed many days with family and friends at his cabin on the Madison River in Montana.
Memorial services will be held at Downard Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.
A lucheon will follow at the Juniper Hills Country Club. Friends who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Nature Conservancy, 116 1st Ave North, Hailey, ID 83333.
Friends who wish may send online condolences to the family by visiting www.DownardFuneralHome.com.