Obituary for William James Castagneto
17 April, 1918 - 11 February, 1997
From The Idaho Press-Tribune,
13 February, 1997
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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James Castagneto, a lifelong Nampa resident and active
community supporter, succumbed to bone cancer Tuesday,
February 11, 1997, at his home in Nampa. Services will
be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 1997, at the
Nampa LDS Amity Building, 2212 Amity Avenue. Bishop
Garth Smith of the Nampa 2nd Ward will officiate.
Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
Services are under the direction of Alsip Funeral Chapel, of
Bill was born April 17, 1918, in Nampa to Hannah L. (Edgley)
and Lloyd W. Castagneto. He thoroughly enjoyed his
school years and graduated from Nampa High School in 1936.
He cherished and looked forward to the reunions with his
classmates and devoted much time and effort helping organize
After graduating from the University of Idaho in the
spring of 1941, Bill married his college sweetheart, Beverly
Jean Marshall, on September 27, 1941, in Longview, WA.
Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS
Temple. They started their lives together in Omaha, NE,
where Bill worked as a representative with the Union Pacific
Railroad. In 1942 Bill entered the Navy and served on
active sea duty in the South Pacific until his honorable
discharge in late 1945 at a Lt. Commander. For 20 years
thereafter he was an instructor at the Naval Reserve Training
Center in Boise each week.
He and Beverly returned to Nampa in 1946 where he was
in business and started the Castagneto Insurance Agency from
which he retired in 1979. Bill was known for his
dedication to his business and community. Throughout the
years he served as president of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce,
president of the Nampa Optimist Club, receiving the
"Distinguished Optimist Award" wile serving as the lieutenant
governor for the tri-state area in 1978-79.
Bill enjoyed many years involved in youth programs of
his community and church. He spent many seasons
organizing and timing track and field meets for Nampa High
School as well as working on the :Dollars for Scholars" board
and influencing young men's lives through his devotion to the
Boy Scout program. As an active member of the LDS
Church, he served diligently in the Nampa 2nd Ward.
Upon retirement in 1979, Bill could frequently be found
on the Centennial Golf Course with friends or mid-stream in
the Salmon River at Stanley stalking that "elusive trout,"
where he and Bev spent many beautiful summer days together.
During his retirement years, he devoted much time to
community projects promoting Nampa and in 1996 was honored as
"Citizen of the Year." Bill was involved in the
development of the Centennial Golf Course and contributed to
the completion of the Nampa Recreation Center. He served
as the first president of the Rec Center Volunteer Auxiliary
and last summer was presented an honorary plaque for
"uncompromising dedication" to the project.
Bill is survived by his wife, Beverly, whom he called
"his Guardian Angel," three devoted children; Carina and Bill
Damron of Portland, Ore., Craig and Linda Castagneto of Nampa,
and Charma and Walt Comer of Sunnyslope, Caldwell; six loving
grandchildren; Cory and Honorina, Kimberly, Peter, and Andrew
Castagneto of Nampa, Carrie Castagneto of Salt Lake City, UT,
and Kristie Castagneto of Provo, UT. Bill is also
survived by his sister, Wilma Jones, nephews Richard (Madelon)
Corn and Dennis (Jean) Baker, nieces Jean (Vern) Urwin and
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his
sister, Alice Baker.
The family treasures the many countless memories of a
wonderful life spent together and would like to thank all
those whose comfort and prayers were with them throughout this
time. For those wishing to share in this loss, memorials
could be sent to Mercy Medical Center Hospice Program, 1512
12th Avenue Rd., Nampa ID 83686; or flowers may be sent in
care of Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
Friends may call at the Alsip Chapel today until 8
p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 to
10:45 a.m. in the Relief Society Room of the Amity Building
prior to the services.