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Information for Harold Tracy Coker
11 November, 1903  30 January,1991
From The Idaho Press-Tribune
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo



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Harold Coker

     Harold Tracy Coker, 87, of Nampa, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1991, at a Boise hospital.  Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the First United Methodist Church, Nampa.  The Rev. Tom Larson, pastor of the church will officiate.  Private family interment will be at an earlier date at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell, under the direction of Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
     Mr. Coker was born Nov. 11, 1903, at Blufton, Ind., "on the banks of the Wabash" River.  He was educated at Elmdale and Wingate High School in Indiana.  He obtained a bachelor's degree at Wabach College, a master's degree at the University of Washington and attended Stanford University and other colleges.  He taught history, speech and Spanish in the high schools at Nampa and Shoshone, Idaho, at Elko, Nev., and Reedly Junior College, California, Gooding College, Idaho, and Boise State University.
     He was a member of the Methodist Church and for a time held a local preacher's license and served the churches at Shoshone, Richfield and Dietrich, Idaho, Vale, Ore., and others.  He served two terms in the Idaho House of Representatives from Lincoln County and was the author of the historical novel, EE-Da-How.
    
He was a member of the Idaho National Guard and the regular U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict, serving in Africa, Sicily, Italy, Korea and Japan.  He attained the rank of major and retired from the Army in 1961.
     He was past commander of the Joseph H. Murray Post No. 18, American Legion, and the Col. Statsenberg Post No. 3465, Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in Nampa, and was a member of Nampa Chapter No. 13, Disabled American Veterans.  He was also a member of the Southside Grange, Richfield Lodge No. 70 AF&AM, Richfield, Idaho, and of Tau Kappa Alpha, the national honorary collegiate Oratorical and Debate Association.
     He is survived by his wife, Edith H., of Caldwell; a daughter, Alba Adler of Nampa; two sons, Daniel and Norman Coker, both of Portland, Ore.; three half brothers, William, Howard and David Coker; a sister, Geneva Martin; two grandsons, Erik and Justin Adler; and a granddaughter, Danielle Coker.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and by his first wife, Antonietta Catrisono Coker, in 1979.