Lynn Ivan Rainey passed away peacefully at his son-in-law and daughter’s Arizona home in the presence of loved ones and his beloved dog, Ginger.
Lynn was born in 1932 in Buhl, Idaho, the son of Iola and Ren Montgomery. He grew up on a farm on Baseline Road, although he never caught the farming bug himself. At Hailey High School, where he would later graduate, Lynn excelled at football. Many still have memories of watching him employ his many skills as a tiny, quick quarterback. Throughout his life, Lynn was never far from a television set during football season. In his early teen years, Lynn and a group of his friends formed a formidable “gang” known as The Jolly Boys. Their shenanigans included hopping a train and making a break for South America. They made it as far as Las Vegas before they ran short of money and food and had to return home. Lynn recalled being in a spot of trouble for their little escapade.
After the Jolly Boys years, he met and married his high school sweetheart, Betty Johnson, and together they raised five children: Mike, Nikki, Phil, Pat and Terri.
In his youth Lynn joined the Marine Corps and was on a ship bound for the Korean Conflict when a ceasefire was called. He was always proud to have served his country.
While living in San Francisco, Lynn earned his degree in business from San Francisco University. He also worked in management at the officers club on Treasure Island. For most of his adult career Lynn managed golf clubs and private clubs all over the country. This career took Lynn and the family from coast to coast and many locations in between. Getting to meet new people and enjoy different lifestyles throughout the country was part of the adventure of being a member of Lynn’s family.
Lynn enjoyed nothing better than curling up with a good read. He never passed up the opportunity to grab a Louis L’Amour novel and devour it in an afternoon of reading.
Lynn never returned to call the Wood River Valley home, but with extended and immediate family here it was always a fond destination for him. Betty and Lynn purchased a cabin on the Salmon River near Clayton where they spent their summers after retirement. Lynn once said that sitting on the porch listening to the river pass by was his most peaceful moments.
Lynn was quick-witted and loved nothing more than telling jokes and spinning tales. He will be remembered as a kind, gentle person who always took an avid interest in your life. His humor and kind heart will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty, the mother of his children, and his second wife, Jenni.
He is survived by his five children, and a small army of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life for Lynn at 1111 Wolftone Drive in Hailey on July 7 at 1 p.m. All those who knew Lynn or his family are welcome to attend.