Clyde (Eagle Eye) W. Creech Sr. 89. passed away Saturday 25th, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Society Boise Village of Boise, Idaho. He was born in Basin, Wyoming on July 11, 1921. He was preceded in death by Dorothy Elizabeth (Curtis) Creech, his wife of 65 years. Also proceeding him were 2 daughters; infant Carol Elizabeth Creech who died after only 4 days, and Shirley L. Musgrove of Boise who died April 17, 1995.
Clyde lived an exciting life. He lived as a hobo for about 3 years during which time he was in every state of the Union but Alaska & Maine. He worked on a cattle ranch, was a sheepherder for Andy Little, handled Dynamite for the Burlington Freight Line, and drove Hudson Tara-planes from Minnesota to Montana (both tandem and tractor-trailer rigs).
He was a Marine and a World War II Veteran. He received the Purple Heart for being wounded in action. His unit, The Fourth Marine Division, received a Presidential Unit Citation for Outstanding Performance, and another citation for Extraordinary Heroism in Action. He is listed as a World War II Honoree on the National WWII Memorial in Washington DC.
When he got back stateside, he became a brick mason for 28 years, working all over the Pacific Northwest. He was also the Recording Secretary and Business Agent for the Bricklayers Union for a short time.
The Delawares of Idaho, and the struggle to gain their rights back as Native Americans, was a large driving force in his life. He was one of the founders, and he even got to testify before the United States Senate in 1980. Clyde held many offices within the tribe, including Chief of the Delawares of Idaho for many years.
He is survived by his children Marlene Ruth (Creech) Menges of Boise, Idaho; Beverly Diane (Creech) Jenkins of Pendleton, Oregon; Rosmarie Susan (Kingston) DeBoer of Meridian, Idaho; Clyde Wesley Creech, Jr. of Boise, Idaho and Carl Bruce Creech of Tucson, Arizona; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. A viewing will be held Friday, October 1st at 6 to 8 PM. At Accent Funeral Home, 1303 N. Main Street, Meridian, Idaho. Graveside services will be at the Meridian Cemetery at 895 E. Franklin Road, Meridian, Idaho at 10 AM Saturday, October 2nd. Towards the end of his life Clyde and Dorothy were cared for by his daughter, Marlene Menges and her family, before Clyde moved on to the Boise Samaritan Village. Clyde’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Good Samaritan Village, and Lisa Creech for their special care of Clyde.