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In Memoriam

Larry O. Fischer, husband, father,

grandfather, son, brother, mentor, friend

and business partner, set up hunting

camp in Heaven’s backcountry, on

the afternoon of October 18, 2014. He was sent

on his journey surrounded by his entire family

at home, after an undaunted and often humor –

filled 14 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Larry was born in Richfi eld, Utah on March 22,

1957, the first of two children to Bernie and Pat

Fischer. Growing up in the household of a traveling

salesman, the family moved around a bit and then

they finally settled in Boise, Idaho. Larry attended

Bishop Kelly High School and after graduation,

continued his education at Utah State University.

There he not only obtained his degree but found and

married his true love and math tutor, Belinda Lee

Shores. Larry and Belinda were married November

18, 1977. Their son Blake Owen was born in 1978,

followed by daughter Diana Lee in 1980, son Jake

Patrick in 1983 and daughter Rebecca (Becky) Nelle

in 1985.

Larry and Belinda moved from Logan to Boise

in 1980 and joined his father, Bernie, in partnership

of B.A. Fischer Sales Company, Inc., a wholesale

irrigation supply house. Blake joined the family

business in 2000, making the company a third

generation business supplying irrigation parts to

dealers across the nation and into Canada, with

warehouse locations in Boise and Preston, Idaho as

well as Pasco, Washington.

Larry’s primary passion, after his wife and

kids, was hunting, particularly bowhunting with

traditional equipment. In 1989, Larry and his friends

found a way to combine their passion with a business

opportunity and founded Traditional Bowhunter

Magazine (TBM). From the humble beginnings of

working nights and weekends around kitchen tables,

TBM is now distributed to subscribers world-wide

with headquarters in Eagle, Idaho.

Larry’s passion of traditional bowhunting took

him all over the United States and around the world.

He took Belinda with him and they made lasting

friendships everywhere they went. From Alaska to

Hawaii, Canada to Texas, California to Florida, all

the way to Germany and Africa, hunting was the

excuse to see the world. Larry loved his travels

but he left his legacy by purchasing land in the

middle of Montana to make sure his children and

grandchildren always had a place to hunt.

Larry was an involved and outspoken member

of several organizations, including serving as a

National Board Member of Backcountry Hunters

and Anglers, lifetime member and past President of

Professional Bowhunters Society, past President of the

Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association, past President

of Treasure Valley Bowhunters, past President of

Idaho Traditional Bowhunters, and active member of

the Idaho State Bowhunters, Traditional Bowhunters

of Montana and Traditional Archers of Oregon.

Larry is survived by his loving wife Belinda; son

Blake, grandchildren Marlie Jane and Cash Owen

of Meridian, daughter Diana (Hans) Buckner,

granddaughter Oakley Rose, of Whitehall, Montana,

son Jake (Sarah), granddaughter Charlee Elizabeth, of

Peerless, Montana, daughter Rebecca (Hank Harrison)

who just returned from Italy, his brother Tony, of

Washington DC, and his mother, Pat, of Meridian. He

was preceded in death by his bird dog, Buddy, and his

father, Bernie.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations

be made to any of the following: Pancreatic

Cancer Action Network – PanCan.org – to help

fight Pancreatic Cancer or Backcountry Hunters

and Anglers – backcountryhunters.org – to help

preserve hunting and fishing on public land

or Benefit4Kids – B4K.org – to grant outdoor

wishes of terminally ill and life-limited children.

We would like to thank all of those who kept us in their

prayers this past year and especially the exceptional

doctors and nurses at MSTI.

Memorial Services were held Friday, October 24,

2014, at Summers Funeral Home, Ustick Chapel. A

Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, October 25,

2014 at the Basque Center. On Sunday, October 26,

2014, a potluck bow shoot was held in Larry’s honor.

Friends and family were invited to celebrate further by

wearing purple.

Memories and condolences may be shared with

Larry’s family on his webpage at www.summersfuneral.com