Larry (John) Hauntz, 84

Larry (John) Hauntz (aka: Spook), 84 passed away in his sleep on April 27, 2021 at his home in Mount Idaho.

Dad said I can only say a few things in his obit and that is it. So here it goes per Dad, “I was born and then I died.” Sorry Dad, but I’m saying more than that, if you don’t like it, then you should have put it in writing and notarized it! Here is my version: He was born July 5, 1936 to John and Leora (Smith) Hauntz in Warren, ID in a small cabin while his Dad & Uncle went fishing. As far as we know he is the only baby ever born in Warren. He joined his two sister’s Marie & Evelyn; his older sister Marie fell in love with him and thought he walked on water and she still thinks he does to this day. Later his little brother’s Chuck and Kenny joined the family. Dad grew up in a few different mining towns as a young boy, from Northern to Central Idaho. There, he spent much of his time out in the wilderness exploring with his shot gun and learning how to be full of “piss and vinegar,” as he liked to call it. His family later moved to Grangeville, where he lived next to and went to school with his high school sweetheart Carol Sue Ailor. Her parents owned Ailor Funeral Home, and Dad worked for Grandpa going out on Ambulance runs. Dad had fun in high school, and would often find himself playing practical jokes and having a good laugh with his friends. Dad, however, was never a bully and always stuck up for the underdog. Mom and Dad got married in her parent’s home on February 16, 1957. They made their home in Grangeville and had three children: Thane, Thasa, and Tara.

He worked various jobs throughout his life at the sewer plant, owned a dry cleaner, and became a pond monkey, but mainly he was a carpenter and has put his talented mark on many buildings and homes in Idaho, Clearwater, Lewis, Nez Perce, Adams, and Valley County. He spent much of his free time remodeling their home and tinkering in his garage. Later on, he became a Papa/Grandpa to Chad, Shayna, Sarah, and Cameron; he loved being a Papa/Grandpa. Then in 2016 he became a Grandpa again to Kyle, Thea, and DJ, who he ended up loving also.

He is survived by his children: Thane (Susan) of Lewiston, Thasa (Doug) of San Clemente, CA, Tara (Edward) of Grangeville, siblings Marie, Chuck, and Kenny, and Grandchildren Chad, Shayna (Brian), Sarah, Cameron, Kyle, Thea, and DJ.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 63 plus years Carol Sue, his parents John and Leora, and his sister Evelyn.

A service will be planned in June and will be a combined funeral service with his wife since hers was delayed due to Covid-19, an announcement will be submitted later with the time and date of the service. Condolences may be made to the family at Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

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  • Tamara Rogers says:

    Hello, I didn’t know your father, but we are related and my parents knew them. My name is Tamara Sue Rogers (Ailor) and my parents are M. Duane and Beverley Ailor. I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. It is hard to lose a father as mine also passed in 1997. Blessing to all of you. Tamara and Clinton Rogers

  • Judy Leuck says:

    Thane, Thasa, and Tara, Tom and I were so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. Larry was such a friendly guy who knew everyone in the community .His personality and talents will be missed.

  • LP and Kate Pavon says:

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences, Tara and Edward and to the entire Hauntz family. We’re praying for the repose of his soul.

  • Judy Pfeifer says:

    My heartfelt condolences to you, Thane (Susan), Tara (Edward), and Tessa and Grandchildren. It is hard to lose parents, even tho they are older and perhaps expecting their passing due to age/health, it still hurts. My love and prayers for you all as you lay to test your Mom & Dad together. Sincerely, Judy Pfeifer

  • Roger and Bonita Becker says:

    Thank God Larry’s suffering is over. He will be missed. We’ve been friends since school days.

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