POCATELLO — Lyle Donald Hoskins, 76, passed away Friday Feb. 11, 2011, at his home in Pocatello. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends and his faithful companion Bosco Dog.
Lyle was born Aug. 25, 1934, in Blackfoot, son of Lyle Donald Hoskins and Mary Reta Wallace Hoskins.
He attended Lincoln Creek School, Old Fort Hall School, Old Tyhee Elementary School and Blackfoot High School. He was raised in Fort Hall and later at the age of 16 joined the U.S. Navy as a sub tender and served in the Korean War from 1951-1955. He then joined the Plumbers and Pipefitters Steamfitters apprentice program in San Jose, California. Lyle also attended San Jose City College course of study in Blue Print Schematics.
He worked for Winchester Plumbing, Central Plumbing and Heating, and Therma-Trane before working with the pipe trades.
Lyle then met the love of his life Katharine Augusta Michaud in 1959. Shortly thereafter they were married Jan. 25, 1962, in Washoe, Nev. Lyle was married to Katharine for 33 years until her passing in Jan. 6, 1995. They had three children and raised three children from Katharine’s previous marriage, numerous adopted children and grandchildren.
While living in California he went to Vietnam during the Vietnam war. Lyle was sent over to Phnom Penh, Vietnam, under contract to do plumbing on buildings for the temporary military bases.
They later moved from California to Pocatello in 1983. Lyle began working at the Fort Hall Housing Authority after retiring from Local 393 in San Jose, Calif. Lyle enjoyed bull riding, rodeos, 4-H, ranching, mechanics, reading, barbequeing, cooking for his family and friends, leather work, pow
wows, horse riding and breeding, TV and movies.
He also was the neighborhood handyman for the elders of Fort Hall and friends. From 1990-2001 “Papa Smurf” (as the 4-H named him) supported his granddaughter Sage Skinner in 4-H Choctaw Riders and from 1996-1998 also supported Katherine Skinner in 4-H Choctaw Riders. He attended rodeos, taught his sons, sons-in-law, and grandsons plumbing, welding and mechanics. He loved to teach his daughters and granddaughters horsemanship and leather work. He had fun at roundly rounds, drag racing, tractor pulls, watching Denny Colter chariot racing, and the Sho-Ban Indian relay races.
Lyle is survived by his children Larry Maynard, Patricia Cobb, Charles Maynard, Kelly Hoskins, Shelly Skinner and Donna Marlatt; uncle Val Gene Hoskins; brother and wife Wallace and Carol Hoskins; sisters Rita Sanford and friend Don Quillette, Roberta (Birdy) Covell, Sharron Stewart; 11 grandchildren and 30 great- grandchildren. Other survivors include Denise Hall, Doug Skinner, Karla Hoskins, Danny Durback and Berry Marlatt. Lyle was preceded in death by his wife Katharine A. Hoskins, father Lyle D. Hoskins, mother Mary R. Wallace and grandfather Grant Hoskins, grandson Blake McBride. Special thanks to Dr. Bjiorn Sauerwien, Dr. Saad Hajazi, Debra Cheatum, Connie Funk, Creekside Hospice, nurses Claudette, Cree, Faye, Angie, and Shannon Marlatt.
If any person(s) have information on any additional family members please call Donna Marlatt at 208-241-4620.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, from 2 to 4 p.m. under the direction of Downard Funeral Home, 241 N. Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho 83204, 208-233-0686.
Military rites will be held at Lyle’s residence at 5 p.m. with a feast to follow. Friends who wish may send online condolences to the family by visiting www.DowdardFuneralHome.com .