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Lyle Kunz

February 28, 1935 — March 7, 2014

Lyle 'K' Kunz, 79, of Driggs, Idaho passed away in his sleep Friday March 7th, 2014. He was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho on February 28, 1935 to Alma and Mary Kunz He was the youngestof six children. At the age of six, his parents built a fishing lodge on the banks of the Teton River, known as Alma's Lodge. His summers were spent at the lodge where his love for hunting and fishing began. At age 10 he began his career as a fishing guide, poling a 16 foot jonboat. Some of his dearest friends were those with whom he worked on the river and those he guided. Among those he guided were many celebrities and other famous people, including supreme court judges, professional athletes, olympians and coaches. He was featured in Sports Illustrated along with his father, and twice was filmed for ESPN. His love for the Teton River never diminished throughout his life. He volunteered for many organizations whose mission was the preservation of the river. Each summer he could be found fishing or guiding on the river, enjoying both equally. He continued this career each summer until age 75. He also taught LDS seminary as well as Social Studies, Government, and German in high school and junior high. In his later life he worked as a security guard. He served a mission for the LDS Church in the West German MIssion. In February 1958 in Salt Lake City he met his eternal companion, Gisela Hundt and was sealed to her for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple on November 28, 1958. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and served in many capacities and callings in his life. He is survived by his wife, Gisela; sons Mark (Debra)Kunz of Germany, Eric (Trisha)Kunz of Rigby, Idaho, Laurel(Chris) Briggs of Rigby, Idaho, a brother, Laron (Loraine) Kunz, Sisters Jan Robson, Donna(Don) Seville, as well as 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Mary Kunz, Brothers Bruce Kunz, Ross Kunz, and brother-in-law Dale Robson, and a Grandson Bryce. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday March 12 at 11 a.m. at the Driggs Stake Center with Bishop Mitchell Blake officiating. A viewing will be held Tuesday March 11 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the Valley Mortuary in Driggs, as well as at the stake center from 9:30 until 10:30 Wednesday morning. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the LDS Church General Missionary Fund.


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