Football

Ralph Smith Hunter

July 21, 1931 ~ September 23, 2022 (age 91)

Obituary

Ralph Smith Hunter, 91, of Iona, passed away September 23, 2022, at Lincoln Court Retirement Community.

Ralph was born July 21, 1931, in Rigby, Idaho, to William Wallace Hunter and Bertha O'Donnell Hunter. He attended grade school in Ririe and graduated from Idaho Falls High School. He graduated from Ricks College in 1954, and later pursued his Master's Degree in math at the University of Utah.

Ralph excelled in athletics from an early age and played football for Ricks College. He was also on the boxing and track teams. After college, Ralph played professional football for the Edmonton Eskimos in Canada. In 1985, he was inducted into the Ricks College Athletics Hall of Fame.

On November 12, 1952, he married Shirlee Jean Hill in the Idaho Falls Temple. Ralph and Shirlee made their home in Iona, Idaho, where they raised their family. Ralph worked as an athletic coach and math teacher. In Coach Hunter's first eleven years at Bonneville, he led the football team to seven undefeated seasons in a row. He also coached at Weber State College for fourteen years before returning and finishing his coaching career at Bonneville.

Ralph had a passion for fly fishing, woodworking, gardening, and reciting poems.

Ralph was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in various callings through the years, including as a member of the Bishopric and High Council. He also served a mission in the Philippines with his wife, Shirlee.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Shirlee; sons, Kip of West Yellowstone, MT, Barry (Kimberly) of Washington, GA, Scott (Robin) of Allen, TX, and Dan of Swan Valley, ID. Ralph and Shirlee also have 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Bertha Hunter; brothers, Donnell and Emerson Hunter; sister, Iris Ricks; and grandson, Garnet.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2022, at the Iona 5th Ward, 7555 North 55th East, with Bishop Ryan Reeves officiating. The family will visit with friends Friday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and Saturday from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. The burial will be in the Iona Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
September 30, 2022

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Wood Funeral Home East Side, South Ammon Road
963 S. Ammon Road
Ammon, ID 83406
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Visitation
Saturday
October 1, 2022

10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Iona 5th Ward
7555 North 55 East
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
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Funeral Service
Saturday
October 1, 2022

11:00 AM
Iona 5th Ward
7555 North 55 East
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
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Burial

Iona Cemetery
4962 East 1st Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83401

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