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Piero Piva
(February 27, 1916 - October 1, 2012)

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Piero Piva

Piero Piva, 96 years of age, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2012 as he desired at his home in Challis, Idaho. He was born on February 27, 1916 on the East Fork of Salmon River the third of six children born to Pete and Gina Pica. Piva. When he was very young, the family moved to the ranch at Birch Creek. He attended school in Challis and went to work on the family ranch until he joined the Army in 1941. Piero met “his one and only true love”’ Mabel McGowan, at the Birch Creek ranch while she was there visiting her Aunt. She was surprised to see a handsome young man sitting in the corner of the kitchen completely at ease, like he owned the place. She asked to ride and Piero and her Uncle saddled a gentle horse. Once she was on, her Uncle slapped it on the rump, and the horse crow-hopped across the yard. Amazingly, she stayed on until it stopped, then got off, and stomped furiously into the house! Piero was impressed by her spunk and their love story began! Mabel was 15, Piero was 23. They were married on May 24, 1943 in Tacoma, Washington, while Piero was on a short leave. Seven children were born to this union: Judy, Robin, Jim, Bob, Tricia, Gina and Pete. The couple returned to the family ranch north of Challis, Idaho where they lived in the little house for several years. He was an active member of the Idaho Cattleman’s Association; served for years as a judge for the Filer bull sales; a member of the Challis School Board; served on the Soil Conservation Board and after semi -retirement from ranching, he became very active in cow cutting competitions. He treasured the friendship of his Army buddy’s: the 826 Amphibious Tractor Battalion that staged the invasion of the Philippians at Lin Gayen. He kept in touch with his military friends and attended yearly reunions up until about 5 years ago, when there were hardly any of them left. He loved Challis sports of any kind, especially the sports his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews were active in. He had an amazing memory and for years would be able to recall detailed accounts of their games and scores. He was dearly loved by all the athletes and even up to the end, looked forward to hearing about their games. He is survived by wife Mabel Piva of Challis, Idaho; six children: Judy (Jon) Toreson of Central Point, Oregon, Robin (Mike) Gallagher of Boise, Idaho, Bob (Kay) Piva of Challis, Idaho, Tricia (Doug) Ploss of Middleton, Idaho, Gina (Mike) Elberger of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Pete (Vicki) Piva of Veneta, Oregon; fifteen grandchildren: Jonny (Tammie) Toreson of Smith River, California, Tami (Chris) Bernard of Redmond, Oregon, Karina Toreson of Central Point, Oregon, Geoff Gallagher of Boise, Idaho, Leslie Gallagher of Seattle, Washington, Jim Gallagher of Kodiak Island, Alaska, Jamie Piva of Nampa, Idaho, Jenna (Josh) Laramie of Kuna, Idaho, Colby (Jennifer) Peters of Meridian, Idaho, Doug Ploss of Nampa, Idaho, Audrey Ploss of Boise, Idaho, Dillon Ploss of Middleton, Idaho, Rene Alamo of Middleton, Idaho, Sam Piva and Paris Piva of Veneta, Oregon; nine great-grandchildren: James Toreson of Smith River, California, Abby Helman of Gasqet, California, Taylor Bernard and David Bernard of Redmond, Oregon, Trey Martiny and Stace Martiny of Nampa, Idaho, Makiah Peters, Josiah Peters and Isaiah Peters all of Meridian, Idaho; one great-great-granddaughter Emma Lee Toreson of Smith River, California; three sisters: Lena Bradshaw of Pocatello, Idaho, Ruby Swigert of Challis, Idaho and Margarhrita (Al) Stenersen of Rocklin, California. He was preceded in death by son Jim Piva, granddaughter Theresa Gallagher Gionet; two brothers: Marion Piva and Bruno Piva. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Living Waters Ranch in Challis, Idaho with Bill Cobbley officiating. Military Honors provided by the Idaho Honor Guard and the American Legion Phillip Kirk Post #109. Burial in the Challis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to: Challis EMT’s, or Jim Piva Memorial Scholarship Fund, % Challis High School. Arrangements by Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Challis, Idaho.


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