Wade Lynn Hone, 42, of Idaho Falls and formerly of Blackfoot, passed away on Nov. 7, 2013 as a result of injuries sustained in a single-car accident. He will be sorely missed by family and friends across the United States and beyond.
Wade was born on Aug. 5, 1971, in Mesa, Ariz. He was the first of five children born to his parents, Dennis and Karen Hone. In his first four years, his family moved to Hillsboro, Ore. and then to Bellevue, Iowa for a short time, before finally settling in Blackfoot in 1975.
Wade was raised in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1989. During his school years, he enjoyed soccer tournaments, extensive reading, chess, and he worked as a river guide on the Salmon River for the Boy Scouts of America. He was an Eagle Scout.
Wade served an honorable mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1990 to 1992. He served in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. He was an outstanding missionary and an inspired leader throughout his missionary service. It was one of the greatest highlights of his life.
Wade was very talented with computers from the time he was a young teenager, and always had an intense fascination with technology of all sorts. He studied computer science at Ricks College, and later at Idaho State University. He worked for several years for AT&T Wireless as section leader, in Twin Falls, Cerritos, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. Many of his colleagues from his time at AT&T remember him as an energetic team player with a great sense of humor, loyalty and creativity.
Wade eventually returned to Idaho and started working as part of his family’s business at Imperial Asphalt in Blackfoot, where he supervised sales and computer management. Again his knack for technology and his enthusiasm and creativity made him an invaluable member of the business.
One of Wade’s main hobbies – or passions – was his love of the online gaming community. He was well connected with online friends from around the world and attended gaming conferences often to keep up with friends. His Facebook account of nearly 750 friends says a lot about his desire to stay connected and be a terrific friend, using technology at its best.
Wade’s other main passion was his obvious love for his family and personal friends. He is remembered as a true friend with a generous heart and an infectious love of life. His optimism, enthusiasm and sense of humor often made him the life of the party. In addition, his thoughtful nature and love of his fellowman endeared him to others in all walks of life. His 15 nephews and nieces looked up to him as their everyday hero who always had time to listen and let them play with his iPad.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lynn Hone, Lawrence Phelps and Fern Phelps; an uncle, Roger Hone; and a cousin, Kimberly Scott.
He is survived by his parents, Dennis and Karen Hone of Blackfoot; his siblings, Lance (Jennifer) of Shelley, Kamber (Brian) Bishop of Caldwell, Blaine (Lisa) of Morgan, Utah, and Trent (Melissa) of Blackfoot; his grandmother, Eva Hone (Doug) Malm; as well as nephews and nieces, cousins, uncles and aunts who all love him and can hardly believe he is gone. We love you Wade. We’ll miss you, Wade. Until we meet again…
Funeral services will be held at noon on Nov. 12, 2013 at the Wapello First Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 337 North 200 East, Blackfoot, with Bishop Kelly Mortensen conducting.
Burial will follow to the Grove City Cemetery.
Family will meet with friends on Monday at the Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot from 7 to 9 p.m. and one hour prior to services at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org