Herschel A. Cox was born in Bell, Calif., in 1924. Graduating from Grants Pass High School in 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Cox saw combat and was wounded and was discharged 1944.
He graduated from the University of Washington with a DDS in 1953 and maintained a private practice in Seattle from 1953 through 1994.
His hobbies were varied and extreme. He was State A champion in Olympic-type trap and participated in the 1964 Olympic tryout finals. Cox co-founded a motorcycle gang at the age of 50, The Molar Rollers. For two seasons in his 60s he participated in organized motorcycle racing. His mountain climbing accomplishments include four ascents of Mount Rainier and Mount Kilimanjaro shortly after his 65th birthday. Herschel lived in Sun Valley, Idaho, and skied every season until he was 93 years old. He was a longtime member of the Ancient Skiers Association.
Herschel is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Cox Miller (Dudley); grandson, Brady Morrow Miller (Megan) and two great-grandsons, Peter and Russell; granddaughter Lauren Miller Bell (Greg) and great-grandson Oliver; son, Jeffrey Morrow Cox; granddaughter Claire Cox (Andrew) and son Bart Egan Cox (Melinda).
The family is so grateful to Anita and the loving staff at Silver Creek, Hailey, Idaho. We are forever thankful for Keith Potter, his trainer and friend in life. We are grateful for all friends of Herschel Cox, who loved him dearly. He was certainly one of the most colorful people any of us will ever know. We hope you may join us at one (or both!) celebrations of a person who lived to the max.
In lieu of sending flowers, and because of his love for the Marines and young people, please visit the Club Beyond website, mcym.org, if you wish to remember him with a gift.
The life celebration of Herschel A. Cox Jr. will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at The Harker Center, 1 Harker Lane, Elkhorn, Sun Valley, Idaho. Beverages provided, please bring food you would like to share.
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