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,
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his
first wife, Antonietta Catrisono Coker, in 1979.