Gert Cornelius Hofman passed away at his home on July 29, 2019.

He was born in Alphen aan den Rijn, Holland, on Sept. 11, 1941, the fifth of nine children. In 1957, he immigrated with his family to Fresno, Calif., in pursuit of greater opportunity. Gert pursued life to its fullest, embraced family and shared his love for nature and the outdoors. He was drawn to free and open spaces and was at home in the mountains of Alaska, the Yukon, California and Idaho; his love for the outdoors was immeasurable.

Husband to Karen Hofman and father to Mark Hofman, Lisa Hofman, Megan Bjerke and Jason Hofman, Gert was known as “Opa” to five grandchildren. In his own words, “I gave it my best shot!” Gert was truly one of a kind and will be missed greatly.

A celebration of life will be held at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum, Idaho, at 10 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2019. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Swiftsure Ranch in Bellevue, Idaho (swiftsureranch.org).