The Idaho Statesman - Page 4C, 14 Oct 1992
Clarence Emery Zurcher, 82, of Boise, died peacefully after a long illness on Sunday, October 11, 1992, in a Boise nursing home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 16, at the Boise 10th Ward LDS Chapel located at 3200 Cassia Street in Boise, Bishop G, Conway Grant will officiate. Burial will follow in the Morris Hill Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Relyea Funeral Chapel.
Clarence was born September 12, 1910, in Boise, a son of Oscar Walter and Grace Phillips Zurcher. His parents and their family of six children lived in the Zurcher Apartments on Seventeenth and Main. This building is now designated as The Zurcher Building and is on the National Historical Record. He attended Park School, Boise High and graduated from the College of Idaho in 1933. Clarence worked for H.S. Kress and Company in Los Angeles and was transferred to Salt Lake City in 1936. He married Mary Eldredge in Salt Lake City of July 17, 1938, and they moved to Boise on January 4, 1939. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple on August 26, 1957.
He owned and operated a grocery store, the Boulevard Market, which was located on the corner of Seventh and Main across from the Egyptian Theater. Clarence and Mary and their two children lived in Los Angeles after the war and he worked as a salesman for his brother, Saylor, in a used car business until 1947. From 1947-1948 he sold real estate in Lakewood Village, California and then moved to Portland, Oregon, and worked in real estate there until he began working for Zellerbach Paper Company and was transferred to Medford, Oregon. In November, 1948, he began with the Whitelaw Candy Company as a salesman to open new territory to diversify their business. In March, 1952, Clarence, Mary and their four children moved back to Boise and he started his own business, Zurcher Merchandise Company, a toy and novelty company.
In 1943 he received a commission from the navy in WWII and entered the service. He was released in December 1945 as Lt. (senior grade) and honorably discharged on October 7, 1953.
Clarence was an active member in the LDS Church and served in many positions. He had a beautiful baritone voice and sang in church and civic choirs for 46 years, He loved his family and was a devoted husband and father.
As a family, we would like to thank the nurses and aides at the Boise Samaritan Care Center for the thoughtful and loving care they gave to our husband, father and grandfather the past six years.