Walter Isaak

September 5, 1945September 11, 2013

Walter Isaak

September 5, 1945 – September 11, 2013

A truly good and decent man left the earth this week. On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, Walter Isaak, 68, of Twin Falls, Idaho, passed away suddenly of an apparent heart attack in Fairfield, Idaho.

Walt was a devoted family man who would make any sacrifice to insure that the people he loved were happy and safe. He never met a stranger and genuinely cared for people. Walt was a man of his word and possessed a strong work ethic. Throughout his life, he asked for little and gave his all. Walt enjoyed all things outdoors and was never happier than when sitting around a campfire laughing with family and friends.

Walt came into this world on September 5, 1945, in American Falls, Idaho, the 11th child of Peter and Eva Isaak. He spent the first part of his life in Aberdeen, Idaho, ultimately graduating from Idaho State University and settling in Aberdeen becoming a math and business teacher. In 1974, he met Rosalynn Wagner, a new teacher, and they married in 1976. Walt and Roz moved to Cottonwood, Idaho, where Walt again taught school. In the summers, he worked for local farmers to help with harvest and drove shuttles for river rafters of the Salmon River. During the winter months, you would find him skiing at Cottonwood Butte Ski Area and fulfilling the role of skiing Santa around the holidays. They considered Cottonwood home and started their family there with the birth of their son Nathan in 1979. Nate and Roz were the center of Walt’s world. Nate was the pride and joy of his life and Walt cherished him.

Walt was deeply involved with school and community activities. He was a member of the Jaycees and JCI Senators receiving the JC Diplomat award, was a member of the Elks, and served for many years on the Cottonwood City Council. Whether it was in the classroom, as a referee or coach for basketball, football, and baseball, or a BPA or class advisor, he was always encouraging his students and young people to be the best they could be.

In recognition of his commitment to kids and teaching, he received the Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Idaho as well as the Idaho State Professional Development Teacher Award. Walt’s true legacy is the students he taught and the lessons they learned. He taught them the value of education and, more importantly, the value of service to others.

In 1997, Walt retired from teaching after 28 years in the classroom. He and Roz moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, to be closer to her family and he went to work at Wagner Transportation, the family business. He worked as a bookkeeper and cattle hauler. Walt was well liked and respected by the cattlemen and ranchers in the area and the other drivers he worked with. He was always ready to help and enjoyed the people and places cattle hauling took him.

Walt was preceded in death by his mother and father Peter and Eva, stepmother Kathryn, and six siblings Elmer, Arthur, Harold, Paul, Gertrude, and William. He leaves behind his bride Roz and son Nate, four brother and sisters Margaret, Ruth, Roland, and Irvin, a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his in-laws Roger and Donna Wagner and their son Rod.

While all loved him and will miss him, his wife and son will miss his love, goodness, and respect more than words can express.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Anchor Bistro in Twin Falls, Idaho, on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Please join his family in remembering Walt and sharing the joy he brought to the world. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Yellowstone Park Foundation ( in his honor.

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  • Celebration of Walter Isaak's Life Sunday, September 22, 2013

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Julie (Banks) Sonnen

September 25, 2013

Roz and Nate,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Isaak was a great teacher! Nate, I know we haven't kept in touch, but I valued our friendship in school. You are in my prayers.

Lisa Uhlorn Nightingale

September 25, 2013

Roz and Nate, I was so saddened to read of Walt's passing. He was a great teacher with a very light and humorous approach. He is one of those teachers you will never forget. My thoughts are with you.

Cindy Arnzen

September 20, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I had Mr. Isaak all four years of my high school years and I enjoyed his classes very much. This is probably why I followed Mr. Isaak's footsteps and became a Business Teacher and a BPA Advisor.

September 19, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Walt was a great Jaycee who made all feel welcomed when they visited the Cottonwood Jaycees.

Kathy and Don Reddaway, past Idaho Jaycee state president 1981-82

September 19, 2013

So sorry Roz about Walt's passing. Wanted to let you know we send your deepest sympathy to you and all the family . With sympathy the Dick Remacle family ( Dick, Katie, Glenn, Bill, Teresa. Marvin and Pam. and their families)

September 18, 2013

Roz, I am so saddened to hear of Walt's death, knowing what a shock it must be to you and Nate. You are my prayers during this difficult time. Carletta Allen

Ron Branson

September 17, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. I very much enjoyed meeting and working with Walt during our JayCee careers. Ron Branson Senator #29031 and Diplomat # 1

Harlow Andersen

September 17, 2013

55 years ago, I moved from a small country school to Aberdeen High school. Walt immediately took me under his wing, became my mentor and my best freind during high school. Although he was a devote member of the Mennonite faith and I was a country Mormon, the subject never came up. He accepted me and was great to attend my yearly party in my parents home. It was great to see him again this summer at our 50 year high school reunion. My prayers of comfort go out to his wife and son for their loss.

terri massie

September 17, 2013

my thoughts and prayers go to Roz and her family in this time of sorrow

Sean Wilson

September 17, 2013

To this day, every time my fingers hit a keyboard (as I write this too) I think of Mr. Isaac. Thank you!