“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway” John Wayne
Arnold Evan Aston passed away on Friday June 18, 2021 at his home in Harvard ID after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his wife and kids. He was 68 years old.
Arnie was born on May 13, 1953 in Twin Falls ID to Kenneth and Estella (Coon) Aston. Arnie was raised on the family farm with his siblings. He attended Elementary school in Hollister ID and Junior High and High School in Fyllar ID, where he graduated in 1971. After high school Arnie attended CSI for diesel mechanics and worked at the Filar ID Fish Hatchery as well as numerous other jobs in the area. After graduating from CSI Arnie was employed by Monroc in Idaho Falls and worked as a diesel mechanic.
In 1975 Arnie welcomed his first son Scott Arnold Aston and in 1976 and 1978 he welcomed two more boys, Trinity Arnold Aston and Thad Arnold Aston. Arnie embraced fatherhood and loved his boys.
In 1985 Arnie moved to the Palouse area and started working for Bear Creek Cabinets in Moscow ID. It’s there where he met the love of his life Coots Browning and her children Tanya and BJ. The couple were married on February 23, 1989 and made their home in Potlatch ID where they together raised their blended family.
Arnie had the knowledge and love for craftsmanship and spent the last 30+ years working as a contractor. Arnie could build and fix anything. He worked for many years for Humble Homes and Rex Lunsford Homes, which is where he was working at the time of his retirement. Arnie loved hunting, camping and fishing. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and canning. He enjoyed playing games with his family. Arnie loved spending time with his family, friends and his animals (Rain, Lady & Roscoe). He enjoyed playing his guitar for his wife and kids and they spent many evenings sitting around a campfire listening to him play and sing. Arnie was a huge fan of John Wayne and a lover of all western movies. Often, to his kids and grandkids annoyance, he would have a John Wayne western or some type of western movie playing. Arnie was a kind and gentle man, seldom raising his voice and loved by all, he had a great sense of humor and enjoyed teasing whomever was around.
Arnie was preceded in death by his father Kenneth Park Aston, a son Scott Arnold Aston and one older brother Kenneth Vern Aston. He is survived by his wife, Coots Aston of Harvard ID and his four children, Trint Aston of Harvard ID, Thad Aston of Pasco WA, Tanya Mitzimberg (TJ) of Garfield WA and BJ Koester of Logan UT, his six grandchildren Cody Aston, Tyler Aston, KC Mitzimberg, Max Mitzimberg, Bo Mitzimberg and Keira Koester, his mother Estelle Aston of Twin Falls ID, two brothers, Earl Aston (Barbara) of Moscow ID and Alan Aston (Dona) of Twin Falls ID and two sisters, Kay Locke of Salt Lake City UT and Lynda Heath (Eddy) of Amboy WA and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday June 26 2021 at the Harvard Hall in Harvard ID from 11am - 1pm. Please bring a story to share as we celebrate the life of one of the best.
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