Homedale High School

Class of 1965



    Parents of Leon Search



Owyhee Avalanche

March 25, 2009

           Burt Search

            Burt Search, 90, of Nampa, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at a local hospital, of natural causes. A viewing was held from 9-10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009 at the Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N Midland Blvd in Nampa, followed by a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. at the Wilder Cemetery, 20431 Batt Corner Road in Wilder. A Memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Montana Avenue Baptist Church, 3120 S. Montana Ave in Caldwell.

            Burt was born in Killa, Montana on Sept. 10, 1918. He was the fourth of 13 children born to William and Kathryn Serles Search. The family moved to Burley, Idaho when Burt was quite young and then later, to Wilder.

            Burt started buckarooing for Ralph Stark at 18, in the Owyhee Mountains. While working there, he met the girl who was to become his wife, Ruby Maxine Dines. She was working for her Aunt Nora Stark. They were married on June 20, 1942 in Emmett, Idaho and for the first three years they lived in a cow camp at Alkali Springs. They would remain there all spring and summer until early fall.

            In 1944, Burt decided to start farming and bought a farm in Ridgeview, Oregon. This is where the four sons joined the family. He later sold that farm and in 1955 bought another farm in the Homedale area. In 1969, Burt sold that farm and moved to Boise, before going to work for the Forest Service and BLM fire lookouts. Finally in 1972 he bought another farm outside of Nampa, where he lived until retiring in 1978. They built a new home in Nampa and traveled in their motor home. They soon moved to their home in Silver Crest Estates, where Burt had a stroke in 2001, but with therapy and Maxine’s loving care he came back, then began to fail again. He was a man who liked working with his hands. He could do most anything if he put his mind to it. He was heard saying “My wife and my boys think I can do anything.” He was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

            He was a member of the Montana Avenue Baptist Church in Caldwell.

            Burt is survived by his wife of 62 years, Maxine, and four sons: LeRoy, Larry (Sheri), Leon (Vickie) and Allen (Mary) Search, 12 grandchildren and many great grandchildren, one brother, Melvin and six sisters: Katheran Hockhalter, Jane Abbot, Nell Crawford, Myrtle Baldwin, Rila Rotheamich and Thelma Jones, one sister-in-law, Arlene Search and many nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Ray, William and Vernon, three sisters: Sheila, Wilma, an infant sister and an infant granddaughter.

            The family requests no flowers. Instead, a donation could be made to the Nampa Lighthouse Rescue Mission, or a charity of your choice.

            “Don’t shed any tears for me, I am in a much better place. We loved and took care of each other

And some day we will be together again.”


Ruby Maxine Dines Search

            Maxine Search was born in 1924, and currently resides in Nampa.