On the last day of 2018, AIDA lost long-time volunteer and friend, Paul Martin, who died December 31st at the young age of 74.
Paul’s love and concern for Idaho’s wildlife was over and above the norm. He was always there for us in capturing raccoons, beavers, badgers, deer and snakes that were in need of our help. Those animals were his favorites and he never failed to take the time and effort to look for, capture and get help for them. In addition, he was kind enough to haul large ‘anything’ for us on one of his huge flatbeds. He provided that service numerable times and we don’t know what we would have done without his help and equipment. His grumpiness was merely a façade, the real Paul was a pussycat with a heart the size of Idaho. He was forever concerned about the local wildlife visiting his beautiful yard in SE Boise, wanting to be sure they had plenty of food when they arrived on a daily basis to forage depending upon the season. His plantings were all conducive to that end. Any flora that needed to be removed was always done carefully and he always found it a new home.
He is and will be sorely missed by AIDA and the wildlife he cared for so deeply. We know he is in even a better place and hopefully is surrounded by all the wildlife he so dearly loved. Rest in peace Paul!
A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at a later date, watch for notification on our website and/or Ruth Melichar Bird Center facebook page. His obituary may be viewed on the Cloverdale Cemetery website and questions regarding his Celebration of Life can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org