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Information for Louie Prescott Hoffman

4 September, 1918 - 24 October, 1996

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

October, 1996
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Louie Hoffman

    Louie Prescott Hoffman, age 78, of Nampa, died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 20, 1996, at a Nampa medical center.  His death culminated a year long battle with cancer.
    Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 1996, at the College Church of the Nazarene, 504 Dewey Ave. Nampa.  Rev. Daniel Ketchum, pastor of the church, will officiate.  A private family graveside will precede the services at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Louie was born on Sept. 4, 1918, in Ashford, Ala., the son of Pell Edgar and Valton Hoffman.  He was raised on a farm where early on he developed a love of hard work and a strong work ethic.  He attended school in Grimes and Midland City, Ala., graduating from high school in January of 1936.  In the spring of 1936 he enrolled in Riley Business College in Dothan, Ala.  His first job following business college was with Goldthwaite Abstract Title Company.  While working in Dothan, he met the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Ray.  They were married on June 2, 1940, in Dothan.  In December of 1943 he started the Phillips-Hoffman Tire Company in Dothan and later the Dale Recap Shop in Ozark, Ala.
    Louie and Mary moved west in 1945, settling in Nampa in order to locate near Northwest Nazarene College.  He started Western Block Company in 1946 and operated the successful Masonry Building Supply business for over 45 years.  Over the course of his business life, Louie was actively involved in the Idaho Concrete Masonry Association and the National Concrete Masonry Association, serving on the national board of directors for several terms, and serving as the regional vice president for a two year term.  A community minded individual, Louie was an active member of the Nampa Chamber of Commerce, serving on their board of directors, a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Lions Club, Rotary International, the Nampa Industrial Board and the Nampa Planning and Zoning Commission.
    In 1976, Louie was selected as the Outstanding Businessman of the Year for the State of Idaho by the Small Business Administration.  As a recipient of this honor, he was invited to Washington D.C. to meet the President of the United States, Gerald Ford.
    Louie was a devout Christian and was a committed layman in the Church of the Nazarene.  He and Mary were charter members of the Dothan Church of the Nazarene and have been faithful members of College Church for over 50 years, where he served on the church board for over 30 years and taught junior boys Sunday School for 17 years.  He was Idaho-Oregon District Sunday School Teacher of the Year for 1961-1962.
    Since his retirement in 1989, Louie and Mary have enjoyed traveling to and from their winter home in Arizona and spending time with each of their three daughters and their families.
    Louie is survived by his beloved sweetheart, Mary; their three daughters, Judy Wright of Phoenix, Ariz., Sue Stands and her husband, Gordon, of Caldwell, and Mary Lou VanArsdel and her husband Stan of Carlton, Ore.; seven grandchildren, Andrew Jennings, Melissa Lake, Molly Wright, Geoff Stands, Courtney Hyslop, Sarah VanArsdel and Nicholas VanArsdel; and three great-grandchildren, Olivia Stands, Tyler Hyslop and Jackson Christopher Lake.
    Louie will always be remembered for his strong faith in Jesus.  He was a devoted husband who placed family and faith above all things.  He was an honest and well respected businessman in the community.  He was generous and kind hearted, he was always willing to help anyone in need.  Louie always had a big smile and jumped at the chance to share his latest joke.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Edward.
    The family suggests memorials to the Louie P. Hoffman Scholarship Fund at Northwest Nazarene College, 623 Holly St., Nampa, 83686.

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