Edward P. Driskill Sr. passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at his home in Lewiston, after a brief battle with cancer, with his wife and son in attendance.
Ed was born Sept. 3, 1947, in Wilmington, Del., to James and Doris Driskill. He lived there a limited time on a country ranch. He moved often as a child, spending time in Colorado and eventually settling in Salt Lake City, where he graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1966 as a National Merit Scholarship finalist in art. After graduation, Ed joined the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was stationed in Long Beach, Calif., and Antarctica. He served until he was injured in a freak accident that led to an honorable discharge in 1969. During his time in the service, he earned two awards: The National Defense Service Medal and the Antarctica Service Medal, both in 1967. After his service, he attended Weber State College under the G.I. Bill, where he played football and earned an associate degree in business management in 1974.
After graduation, Ed was married and started a family in Salt Lake City. Following his divorce, he met Diana Lee Jahn at the Deseret Press, where they were both employed, and they were married Jan. 21, 1976. Ed and Diane came to Moscow to visit his sister, Dee Driskill (former mayor of Moscow), and they fell in love with the Palouse and moved to Moscow in August 1977. Their son, Edward P. Driskill Jr., was born shortly after. Ed worked for various auto dealerships in the area before settling into a sergeant role at the Idaho Department of Correction in Orofino, where he worked from 1991 until his retirement in December 2009. He went on to work part time at the Lewiston Tri-State Outfitters.
Ed had numerous outdoor hobbies, including hunting, fishing and camping. He was an avid bowler and especially enjoyed bowling with his wife and son. He and Ed Jr. went on to earn a second-place finish at nationals, which provided Ed Jr. with a college scholarship. Ed and Diane were members of the Eagles Lodge in Moscow for more than 15 years. Ed enjoyed coaching his son and other young men in Babe Ruth baseball. His joy in watching his son compete in sports was matched only by later watching his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Doris and James Driskill, along with his aunt, Julia Van Pelt.
Ed is survived by his wife of 42 years, Diane Driskill; his sister, Dee Driskill, and her husband, Peter, of Gig Harbor, Wash.; his brother, Darrell (Charlene) Driskill of Arvada, Colo.; and his son, Ed (Kelly) of Moscow, and their four children, Ava, Jack, Jemma and Henry. He also is survived by his three children from his first marriage, Allison, Spencer and Michelle, and numerous grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Mountain View Funeral Home in the Lewiston Orchards. The memorial service will be at 10 a.m., with a reception immediately following. Friends and family are welcome to join. There will be a family graveside service to follow.