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On February 15, 2018 a man as big as life itself moved on. Inside the old classic windowed parlor of his Parma, Idaho farm, Warren Junior Goldston passed away quietly, his three children by his side. He was born destined to be a man one with the earth. He may have never been more at home than when he rode high in his tractor appreciating and tending the crops and cattle populating his farm. Throughout his life he took on challenges of all types without hesitation. He was a patient man, a saver, soft spoken, always thoughtful and full of purpose.
Born on September 22, 1926 he was raised in a one room home on a dirt farm in rural Oklahoma, where the only irrigation for the crops came from the sky. But his distant future would find him one day a successful businessman in construction in Southern California where the children were raised. But for his retirement he chose to pack up with wife Nita and return to his roots of open space and tending crops. He proudly took on a traditional small farm with a homespun sustainable approach. It grew in size as the years went by. Outside the classic big white farm house were cows, grain crops, assorted farm equipment, out buildings, bird hatcheries, vegetable and flower gardens, and the family horse, Toro.
Warren was part of the Greatest Generation. His time in service to his country included a year in Europe just after the War II ended. Part of it he spent in France at the Hotel Astrid guarding German prisoners who were rebuilding Paris. He served with the 115th American Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. We are forever grateful to him, and all who served. But his service to family, friends and mother nature never ended.
Warren was always a man of his word, a handshake deal kind of guy, an honest and wise man, a real straight shooter. Strong, tall, respected by all, he was a true family man. He became the admired patriarch of the family alongside of Nita, the matriarch who took care of everyone and made everyone she knew feel like the most important person alive.
He adored fishing, bird hunting, and bird dogs, especially his Chesapeake Bay retrievers and Brittany Spaniels. HIs children remember most fondly all the weekend road trips in their youth to the great outdoors along with hard working mom, some in a camper Warren had built himself.
He also won untold number of awards, trophies, plaques and buckles for his outstanding trap shooting. Many of his shooting buddies became life long friends, and would make long trips to Idaho just to visit and be part of the life of the man they honored when they regularly called him “Coach”.
In 2008 Warren and Nita would make a pilgrimage to their past, a road trip with their children back to their roots in Lindsay, Oklahoma.
The conclusion of the trip was a visit outside of Lindsay to the old Goldston homestead where Warren grew up. The one room place was gone, but some pieces of plates and iron from those days were finally found. The land was deeded to his mother Ethel, this coming from her place on the official Dawes Roll registry of Choctaw Native Americans.
Back on the Idaho farm, a young, strong Red Bud Oklahoma native tree, a loving gift from family, continues to grow and prosper in the back yard.
He leaves behind three children – Ronald E. Goldston (Linda) Everson, WA, Jacquelin L. Beardsley (George) San Luis Obispo, CA, Deborah A. Jones (Glynn) Capitola, CA, 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and another due in April 2018.
The funeral services will be held on Saturday March 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm at Roswell Cemetary, Roswell, ID. to be followed by a family reception at the farm – email for directions – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Services are under the care of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, ID. In lieu of flowers, we kindly request that donations be made to hospice or a charity of your choice.