Carl Ricks Stone, 68, of Boise passed away at home on August 8, 2016. He was born on December 14, 1947 in Burley, Idaho, to Samuel Mark and Thelma Stone. The family relocated to Pocatello in 1948. In 1967, Carl joined the Army and attended basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington. After basic training Carl was sent to Vietnam, where he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) and was awarded a Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge. He completed his military obligation in 1969 and returned to Pocatello, where he married his high school sweetheart, LaRae Elledge, on April 12, 1969.
Carl studied Diesel Mechanics at Boise State, and had a successful 13-year career at Union Pacific Railroad in Pocatello. He later moved his family to Boise to take a position at Baird’s Dry Cleaners. After leaving Baird’s, Carl bought and operated his own business, Automated Blind Cleaners. After selling his business he work at the Idaho State Capitol Building as a Security Guard.
Carl loved the outdoors. His hobbies included motorcycle riding, exploring the Arizona terrain in his ATV, rock hounding, and most notably keeping an immaculate yard.
Carl is survived by his wife, LaRae Stone; sons Jeff (Dale), Chad (Maria) and Steven (Janell) Stone; daughter Nichole (Robert) Benson; and grandchildren Cody, Taylor, Jasmine, Emily, Brianna, CJ, Ethan, Brody, Isabel, Lauren, Kayden, Isabelle, Jase and Athena; siblings Donna Carlsen, Maureen Williams, Shanna Mitchell (Cotton), Ray Stone (Alice) and Kent Stone (Juanita).
He was proceeded in death by parents Samuel Mark and Thelma Stone; brother Keith Stone and Boyd Mark Stone; sister LaVon Wells.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 2:00 at Bella Vida, 9661 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID followed by a gathering at the Meridian VFW. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl’s memory to Veterans Resource Network, Inc., 1752 Canova Dr. Boise, ID 83706.