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Raymond Harold Doyle
(September 29, 1926 - March 9, 2014)

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Raymond Harold Doyle

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            Raymond Harold Doyle passed away March 9, 2014. He was born in a Buffalo, New York suburb on September 29th, 1926 to Harold Doyle and Julia McCulle Doyle. He grew up in an Irish-American household with three brothers, Jack, Robert and David and a sister, Mary.

            As a young man he joined the Navy and served as a signal man. He was stationed in the Atlantic and Pacific locations. He retired with a disability status and decided to move out West, he had a keen interest in learning and exploring the western part of the United States. He found his way to Gonzaga University in Washington State and graduated in 1958. He then began searching for a teaching position and was hired to teach English and Spanish in Salmon High School. His busy schedule included driving a school bus to and from Gibbonsville and during the winter he took up skiing at Lost Trail and later became part of the ski patrol.

            He met and then married his wife, Wilma Corum, on June 6, 1959. That summer they travelled to Mexico City and this would be the beginning of a life full of travel, education and wonderful experiences. They had three children, Sabrina, Brian and Cynthia, all born in Salmon. Even though they traveled extensively, they always kept close ties with Salmon and family.

            In 1963, Raymond received a teaching exchange position in Argentina. He would teach in Argentina and a teacher would come to Salmon High School. Before he and his family left the country, they spent the summer in Washington D.C. They had two exciting experiences, the first was they were greeted and welcomed by Senator Frank Church and the second was, all exchange teachers and families were invited to the Rose Garden to meet President J.F. Kennedy. When in Argentina, the family had the opportunity to travel to Brazil and Chile.

            When the family returned to Salmon in 1964, Raymond went on to study at the University of Colorado for one year. His first college teaching position was at the University of North Dakota. He was there for two years and then spent the next thirty years teaching at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh. Here he received many grants to study and travel to Spain and eleven other countries. He also enjoyed playing tennis and coached the women’s college team.

            In the 1990’s Raymond and Wilma retired and moved back to Idaho to be closer to family and three grandchildren. They spent several years in Idaho Falls where he continued to teach GED programs at EITC. Recently they moved back to Salmon. Raymond is survived by his wife, Wilma Doyle, oldest daughter, Sabrina, son-in-law, Mark DeBree and three grandchildren, Hadley, Whitney and William. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, his son Brian and daughter Cynthia. A celebration of his life is planned for this summer. He lived a full life and he will be missed. Arrangements were under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home.


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