Earl A. Lamb, 90, of Emmett, Idaho, passed away at home on July 19, 2017, of natural causes.
Visitation will be held at Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett on Friday, July 28, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A Celebration of Life will be held at Potter Funeral Chapel on Saturday, July 29, at 11:00 AM with Carole Sullivan officiating. Casual dress is recommended. Burial will follow at the Emmett Cemetery, and then a reception at the Emmett Methodist Church (1500 E. Locust, Emmett).
Earl was born in North Platte, Nebraska, to Harry and Lena Lamb on December 6, 1926. He grew up on the family ranch in the Tryon, Nebraska Sandhills. He married Arlene Snow on February 25th, 1950. Early in their marriage, they bought a grocery store in Wellfleet, Nebraska. It was hard on him to leave the ranch after it sold when his father died. They moved to Emmett in 1956 where Earl worked at Safeway. After a few years, he became self-employed. For a period of time he built houses and provided excavation services. Throughout several locations in the Emmett Valley, he farmed – raising corn, potatoes, fruit, hay and livestock. He enjoyed buying and selling cattle at the sale barns. Earl was unrelenting on quality and honesty, therefore, well respected.
Earl was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, camp and spend time in the mountains. He also loved Christmas. He played Santa Claus, making sure Christmas morning was a surprise, up until his kids were well into their thirties. This tradition continued for the grandkids.
Earl had a passion for gardening and would send boxes of vegetables home with each of the kids every fall. He also liked to raise trees from seedlings. One of the spruce trees he grew is now located on the front lawn of the Gem County Courthouse.
Earl is survived by his wife of 67 years, Arlene Lamb; son, Roger (Myrna) Lamb; daughter, Beverly (Joe) Goldsby; daughter, Barbara Lamb; three grandchildren: Sarah Goldsby, Larissa Goldsby-Hurita and Joe R (Codie) Goldsby; and great-granddaughter, Kylie Hurita; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at www.potterchapel.com.
Posted on Sat, July 22, 2017
by Marcia Hora