Death notice of VERL HINATSU (1953 – 2021) – Boise, ID

Verl Hinatsu
November 26, 1953 – August 7, 2021
A life well lived
Longtime Boise, Idaho resident Verl Hinatsu passed away suddenly on August 7, 2021 at the age of 67. Born in Ontario, Oregon on November 26, 1953, he grew up on the family farm in Fruitland, Idaho where he lived with his parents and 4 siblings. He attended Fruitland schools and was a member of the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple. After graduating from Fruitland High School in 1972, he attended the Links School of Business in Boise. Verl found a job downtown at PIP Printing, and in no time became manager there. He eventually bought one of the PIP stores, which became his Fairview Printers property. His purchase of a home in North Boise was a big milestone. During this time, he enjoyed downhill skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, and playing basketball with friends.
After shutting down Fairview Printers after 25 years, Verl worked part-time at Meridian Bowling Lanes upon retirement.
His parents Kazuo and Mariko, his brother Kalvyn and his niece, Anne (Michael) are predeceased. He is survived by his siblings June Rhinehart (Vincent), Roger Hinatsu (Kelli), Karen Sturdy (Gary), as well as nieces and nephews Rebecca (James) and Kate (Zach), Elizabeth (Jake), Michael, Benjamin (Libby), Rachel (Denver), as well as great-nieces and grand-nephews Andrea and Andrew, Wade and Claire. He is also survived by two uncles and aunts and an extended family in Washington, Oregon, California and Michigan.
A private family memorial service will be held on September 25, 2021 at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple in Ontario, Oregon.
Verl had the ability to connect with people and he made friends easily and kept them, and had many longtime friends and acquaintances in the Fruitland-Ontario and Boise area and beyond. Customers became friends because he cared about quality and good customer service. He insisted on frequenting small local businesses. Sociable, he enjoyed going to restaurants and bars and enjoyed listening to live Reggae music. Getting together with family, gardening, cooking and eating well, especially during the holidays, was extremely important to Verl. He was very fond of Mexican food and a trip to Mazatlan where he ate “real” Mexican food was a highlight. Uncle Verl supported his nieces and nephews as well as the children of his friends as they pursued their interests – judo, swimming, high school sports and music. He was a friendly presence while his niece attended Boise State University. It was fun to be with him. He was a good host when visiting the family. We have benefited from his loving kindness, thoughtfulness and generous nature. Sensitive and sentimental, Verl often visited his parents’ grave at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. The following words were written in his will and they describe his feelings towards family: “I know how much my family loves me and how much I love them. Our memories of each other will serve as monuments.
We thought we would have more time with him. We will remember him and we will miss him.

Posted by Idaho Statesman on Sep 19, 2021.