Brian Robb Ford, 62, passed away the morning of June 4, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). To his last day, Brian made every effort to fulfill his life responsibilities. Brian was born August 30, 1958, in Nampa, Idaho. He was the third child of James A. Ford and Lenta M. Ford. Brian’s childhood included many happy days playing with friends, cousins, and his siblings in his Davis Avenue neighborhood and at his grandparent’s farm located north of Nampa.
Brian attended Lincoln Grade School, West Junior High School and Nampa High School, graduating with honors from Nampa High School in 1976. Brian was an excellent student and participated in numerous school activities during these years. He was a delegate to Idaho Boys State. He was the starting center for the Nampa High School football team his junior and senior years. He played tennis and was on the debate team. He was also an accomplished musician that played various instruments in the Nampa High School band, orchestra, jazz band and in a non-school related performance band.
Brian attended the College of Idaho from 1976 through 1981, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and with minors in Business Administration, and Science Education. While attending the College of Idaho, Brian was engaged in many school activities, including student government, club sports, and fund raising for the college. Brian served as the College of Idaho Student Body President from 1980-1981 and in that capacity, he also served as a student member of the Board of Trustees. After graduating from the College of Idaho, Brian attended the University of Idaho from 1981-1983, where he was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Clinical/Industrial Psychology. While pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Idaho, Brian also served as a graduate assistant, therapist, and instructor of college classes.
Brian’s work career began early as a delivery person for the Idaho Free Press. While attending junior high, high school and college, Brian worked for Consumer’s Markets in Nampa where he learned the retail grocery business. From 1983 through 1988 Brian worked for Ford Farms, the family wholesale and retail business located in Nampa while simultaneously managing his personal investment portfolio. From 1988 through 1998 Brian worked as the Assistant Store Director at the 12 Ave. South, Nampa, Albertsons. During this period, he met his soulmate and the love of his life, Tyra. They were married in Nampa on December 9, 1989. From 1998 through 2005 Brian served as the Store Director for Paul’s Markets in Caldwell and Hailey Idaho. From 2005 until his health-related retirement Brian worked as an Adult Mental Health Clinician in the Region III, Payette Office of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Brian had many interests throughout his life. In addition to playing sports and engaging in school activities, Brian simply loved being in the outdoors. While growing up he joined family and friends on many Jeeping, fishing and camping trips in the Idaho back country. The family enjoyed yearly camping trips to Sage Hen Reservoir and spent many weekends exploring the Owyhee desert and mountains in the family jeep. As an adult, Brian enjoyed prospecting with his father as well as fishing and hunting with friends, family and his wife, Tyra. He caught mahi-mahi off the coast of Oahu, harvested elk and white tail deer in the back country near Grangeville, Idaho. White tail deer hunting was one of Brian’s true passions. He and Tyra looked forward each year to joining their friends at a hunting rendezvous in McComas Meadows, Idaho. Brian and Tyra also enjoyed yearly pilgrimages to Lincoln City, Oregon where Brian savored the beauty and allure of the ocean as well as the fresh seafood that he consumed. As a former football player, Brian found great happiness in watching college and professional football each fall. He particularly enjoyed rooting for his Pittsburg Steelers and had accumulated a fine collection of Steeler memorabilia. Over the years Brian treasured and coddled his canine kids. Bassets and beagles were his favorites. He is survived by Moose the basset and Izzy the beagle who provided him with great comfort over these last several years.
Brian was a moral man, always demonstrating the highest character in every endeavor. He worked extraordinary long hours at every job he held throughout his lifetime because he wanted the job done right and timely. His personal commitment to always make an extra effort likely contributed to some of his later life health issues. Brian was also a very loving, kind, and happy person that cared about everybody he knew. He was particularly dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the clients he served while working for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. This good and unselfish man served others well and contributed significantly to the betterment of this world during his lifetime. He has left us far too soon. Words cannot adequately express how much his family and friends will miss him.
Brian is survived by his wife, Tyra Ford, and children Adrian (Stacy) Skinner of Hermiston Oregon, John (Malia) Wasson of Nampa, Idaho, and Jackie Nelson of Sacramento, California; He is survived by grandchildren Danielle, Wyatt and Carter Skinner and Payton and Caden Wasson; Brian is also survived by his father, James A. Ford of Nampa, his brother Bradly (Margene) Ford of Nampa, and sister Jamie Tiller of Nampa; Brian is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends that loved him very much.
Brian was preceded in death by his mother, Lenta M. Ford, and a granddaughter Ofelia Nardo.
A memorial Service honoring Brian will be held at the First United Presbyterian Church located at 400 Lake Lowell Ave., Nampa, Idaho at 1:00 p.m. on June 19, 2021. All family and friends are invited. Brian’s family suggest that memorial contributions be made in Brian’s honor to the General Scholarship Fund of the College of Idaho.
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