Karen Iva Tucker, age 77, of Jerome and Hailey, Idaho, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born to the late Steven Barrington and Pearl DeGraw on April 2, 1941.
Karen’s delight in her early years was raising her children and following Larry on his many job opportunities building and managing golf courses around the country. Those opportunities took them from Bartlesville, Okla., to Ketchum, Idaho. Karen also spent time as head of housekeeping in Little America, Wyo., and Sun Valley Resorts. Karen and Larry went on to own several successful businesses through the years. Local Daze, a poplar active sportswear business, was started in 1982 (Ketchum, Idaho), and from there they bought Honker’s Mini Mart (Jerome, Idaho) in 1986, which is still going strong today. For 15 years, they owned and operated Honker’s Place (Twin Falls, Idaho), and started T&T Storage (Jerome, Idaho)
For 32 years, Karen and Larry resided in Hailey, Idaho, at the “Log House.” These were magical years as Karen doted over her grandkids on eight acres of paradise. Some of the fondest memories were made on the property that included countless dinner parties, hosting her daughter’s wedding, entertaining Fourth of July celebrations, Bocce Ball games and officiating the numerous summer “Super Bowl” football games with the grandchildren.
Karen is survived by her husband, Larry; daughters, Sabra (Eric) Anderson and Stacey Monson; and sons, Gary (Susan) Tucker, the late Joe Tucker; as well as her devoted nephew, Stevie Walker and her dear friend Amanda. Karen had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a number of loving relatives and close friends.
The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during the last days. Amanda, thank you so much. In lieu of flowers the family would ask any donations be sent to Mountain Humane in the Wood River Valley.
A celebration of life will be held on July 5, 2019, at the Tucker Cabin, in Hailey, Idaho.