Carl Emerson Hull, 91, of Tamarack, Idaho, passed away of natural causes with his family at his side on December 27th, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise. He was born October 12, 1923, in Spokane, Washington, to John and Mary Hull. He lived and attended school in White Swan, Washington, and upon his 18th birthday in 1942, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Straight from boot camp, Carl began his tour on the British Solomon Islands at Guadalcanal, traveling to the islands of Bougainville, Emirau, Guam, Okinawa, and finally to Yokosuka, Japan. He was a member of the Carlson’s Raiders of 2nd Marine Battalion and served his entire enlistment overseas during World War II. After three years of active duty, he was honorably discharged from the USMC on December 4, 1945. However, once a Marine, always a Marine, which Carl proved as he lived a life of honor, dignity and integrity.
On December 3, 1946, Carl married Donna Kosik, also of White Swan, WA, in Lewiston, Idaho. They spent many happy years in the White Swan area, raising their three children. Carl worked for the White Swan Lumber Company until 1964, when they moved to Tamarack, Idaho. There, Carl worked as Superintendent of Maintenance for Evergreen Forest Products until his retirement. The couple resided at the Tamarack mill for 50 years, where Carl kept a watchful eye on the daily happenings until his passing. He frequented the mill for exercise, to visit and interrogate his grandson Troy, and to keep the antics going with the office staff. Over the years, Carl formed meaningful relationships with mill employees, especially the office secretaries, Linda Swift, Vicki Howard, Janice Whitney and Sherry Ward. He enjoyed a good round of golf and traveling with his wife Donna. Carl and Donna spent many winters enjoying the warmth of the Arizona sun. They traveled each year on a different course, taking in new sights and appreciating the wonders of this great nation he loved so much. When thinking of Carl, two things are true, he believed that everyone should fly an American flag and everyone should drive a Chevy.
Carl leaves his devoted wife of 68 years, Donna Hull of Tamarack, ID; children, Terry and Carol Hull of White Swan, WA, and Gaye and Jim Branstetter of New Meadows, ID; grandchildren RaeLynn and Winston Bock, Travis and Stephane Hull all of White Swan, WA, Troy and Lynnette Branstetter of Riggins, ID, Sherry and Jason Adams of Caldwell, ID, and Richard Page and Nicole Page both of Vale, Oregon; 15 great-grandchildren, including Cassidy Branstetter of Nampa, Idaho, who was an angel as she patiently and lovingly helped care for Carl in his last hours; and a sister Carol Shut of Ephrata, WA. Carl was preceded in death by his father John Hull, mother Mary Hull, daughter Kathleen, sister Loraine Sylling, brothers Rae, Glenn, and Walter Hull, and special mention of fellow Marine Corps buddy David Hamm of Lake Oswego, Oregon, who shared Carl’s birth date and love of the Marine Corps.
Services will be held January 10th, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Meadows Valley High School gymnasium under the direction of the Heikkila Funeral Chapel, with dinner to follow at the Meadows Valley Senior Center. Memorial contributions may be made in Carl’s name to the Meadows Valley Cemetery or Meadows Valley Senior Citizen’s Center.