OBITUARY

David Allan Nimtz

November 24, 1933February 25, 2018

David Allan Nimtz was born November 24, 1933 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Anthony and Lauretta Nimtz. He died February 25, 2018 at his home in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a teaching degree and was a 6th grade teacher. He married Lois Urbanowski in 1952. They were blessed with 8 children. Dave was very involved in the National Education Association. When the opportunity came to be a director for the IEA, the family later moved to Idaho. The couple later divorced. Dave married Diane Downey in 1979 and they then moved to Boise, Idaho. In December 1994 he retired from the IEA and worked part time as a consultant. He enjoyed retirement and was kept busy by a variety of interests: reading, fishing, skiing, cooking, bridge, traveling, praying, reading the Bible , going to daily Mass and various ministries in the Catholic Church. His favorite travel became pilgrimages and he felt so blessed to travel to Medjugorje, Italy, Lourdes, Venezuela and various shrines in the US. He was an active Eucharistic Minister and Lector. He took Holy Communion to the sick and had a prison ministry for 6 years. He was a member of Knights of Columbus since 1976. In 2007, Dave and Diane moved to Idaho Falls to be near Diane's mother and sister. He enjoyed living in Idaho Falls and loved Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Dave is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Diane, Katrina Nimtz, 7 of his 8 children: Linda Hahn, Kathy Nelson, Michael, Craig (Teri), Jeff (Mary), Brian (Denise), Tim (Robbi) Nimtz and his brother Dick (Lois) Nimtz, 24 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and Diane's sister, Carolyn Martineau and her family. He was preceded in death by his parents, 8 siblings, his son Patrick and Diane's parents, Red and Ramona Downey. A Rosary Vigil will be held Thursday, March 1st at 6:00 p.m. at Buck-Miller-Hann funeral home at 825 E 17th street, Idaho Falls, Idaho. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church 905 S .Lee Ave, Idaho Falls, Idaho. In lieu of flowers please send Mass requests to St. John Paul II Catholic Parish, 145 9th St, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 83404. Please pray for his soul. Arrangements made under the direction of Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home. Online Condolences can be left at www.buckmillerhann.com

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Thom Spencer

February 28, 2018

My wife and I had the chance to share a couple of meals with David and his wife during a visit to Georgia. More importantly, though, we know and love his son Jeff (married to my sister, Mary) and have found his other children to be kind, friendly, and loving people. That says a lot about the inherent goodness of this man. Lenore and I want to extend our sincere condolences to David's wife and all of his family. God bless all of you.

Marcia Banta

February 28, 2018

For Diane and all of David's family... Dave was so much the bedrock of the IEA staff; kind, calm, deliberate and skilled. His memory fills me with gratitude that he was a colleague and friend. That he went on to create more wonderful, caring adventures is unsurprising. May the marvelous memories he leaves behind comfort you all.
Marcia Banta

Jim Shackelford

February 28, 2018

Diane and Family: I was saddened to learn of Dave's passing. We worked together for over twenty years as colleagues employed by the Idaho Education Association, and Dave was one of the people I always looked up to and admired as a colleague and friend. When I came to Idaho in 1977 Dave was the IEA Region 5 Director (headquartered in Pocatello), and I quickly learned how valuable his experiences as an advocate for public school educators was to so many in our newly adopted state. Later, following his move to the Boise area, we worked together on behalf of many important causes that often put him in positions of leadership; and he always excelled. I trusted his guidance and admired his commitment to our shared cause and to Idaho's educators. He will be remembered by those with whom he worked and by many, many Idaho teachers as someone whose life touched and changed us, all for the better.

Linda Hahn

February 27, 2018

So mạny memories coming to mind! Our maternal grandparent's had a 20 acre organic truck farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin and my dad would go there every week to help work the farm. His hard work provided the family with fruit, vegetables and eggs throughout the year.

Linda Hahn

February 27, 2018

Dad also received a Master's Degree in History from the UW Whitewater in 1968. Then he continued to go to school working toward a PHD but after 30 more credits found out he would be overqualified for his job at the time.

Dad drove 40 miles one way to take evening classes until he received his Master's Degree.
He also worked part-time at the A & P grocery store during weekends and evenings.

He was also the VP then President of the JC'S in Greenfield, Wisconsin.

An extremely hard working man doing his very best to provide for his wife and 8 children.

Dad also loved to take the family on vacations to Florida, New York/New Jersey and Colorado.

FROM THE FAMILY