The Upper Clearwater Valley lost one of its quiet, yet strong, benefactors with the\npassing of Lee Anthony Hartman on Aug. 4, 2023, at his home near Kamiah, Idaho.\n\nBorn Feb. 26, 1935, in Milwaukee, Wisc., to Fred and Viola Hartman, Lee always felt an\nattachment to the state of his birth, but he did not remain a Midwesterner past his\nteenage years. His mother’s decision to move with her sons to El Cajon, Calif., in 1952\nset the stage for the next several years of his life.\n\nNot long after graduating high school and attending college for a short time, he joined\nthe U.S. Air Force in 1954, beginning his 20-year military career. His training as a\nnuclear arms technician took him to England, Germany, Japan and Taiwan, as well as\nColorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Florida and Hawaii before returning to California. He\nbecame a nuclear weapons maintenance superintendent along the way. Though he\nreceived many in-service commendations, he did not want accolades for his service. He\nsimply saw it as a job to support his family and protect his country. He retired in 1975 as\nSenior Master Sergeant.\n\nWhile in England he married Verina Ferraby in 1956. The couple had five surviving\nchildren and later divorced.\n\nAfter his military career, he returned to college to complete his degree. It was there he\ndiscovered his passion for accounting and worked as a senior accountant and financial\nanalyst for the City of Riverside, Calif., for 11 years before retiring in 1990.\n\nIn 1993 he moved to Stites, Idaho, purchasing the lot his mother and stepdad, Ted\nMarshall, bought in their retirement. While there, he became a valued resource and\nsupport for the Stites and Kooskia city clerks. He also was treasurer of the Kooskia\nLions Club, a reliable helper at the Kooskia Mealsite and volunteered as a member of\nSenior Retired Volunteer Program (RSVP).\n\nIn 2000, he married Rayora (Raora) Davidson, and moved to Kamiah. Not one to\nremain idle, he sought his place in this community and soon became involved with the\nPine Ridge Water & Sewer Dist. Board. He served as treasurer and was instrumental in\nbringing things into alignment with Idaho State Codes, as well as overseeing the\nreplacement of the entire water line system. He also assisted the Valley View Water\nBoard.\n\nIn 2006, he enlisted the help of his wife and a few willing neighbors to undertake the\nreclamation project of turning the former site of the lagoons on Pine Ridge into a\ncommunity park, giving neighborhood children a place to play. He and Rayora faithfully\nsupported and tended to this project for 15 years before turning it over to the community\nfor broader support and care.\n\nLee’s love of fishing grew from his childhood in Wisconsin and continued throughout life\nas a primary passion and way to relax. He fished the lakes of Wisconsin, the canals in\nArizona, the ocean off California, and the creeks, lakes, reservoirs and ponds of\nnorth-central Idaho.\n\nHis secondary passion, dancing, began when his mother gave him dance lessons as a\nhigh school graduation gift. He found a home for this delight in the square dance\ncommunities of the U.S. and Europe when he lived there. He was a member of the\nMountain Dewers Square Dance Club in Kooskia, Idaho, and regularly traveled to other\n\nregional clubs to dance until health issues forced him to give it up in 2009. He also\nbowled league in Kamiah for several years.\n\nLee was a problem solver, whether unscrambling financial accounts or determining the\nbest way to fix a car, washing machine or computer. Indeed, he was on the ground floor\nof the computer age, using them in his work from the 1980s and even building several\nfrom scratch after retirement.\n\nHis problem-solving expanded to health issues when he was diagnosed with\nesophageal cancer in 2001 and two different kinds of bladder cancer and COPD in later\nyears. Through years of research and real-life experience, he turned potential tragedy\ninto support tools, using his knowledge to assist others through online support networks\nfor both esophageal cancer and COPD. He was given 1-5 years to live in 2001, so was\none of the longest-living survivors of esophageal cancer and looked at the past 22 years\nas a gift.\n\nHe is survived by his wife at their home on Pine Ridge; sons: Paul Hartman, Cedarpines\nPark, Calif., Kevin (Lori) Hartman, near Kingman, Ariz., Jim (Colleen) Hartman,\nLakeside, Calif., and John (Gina) Hartman, Boise, Idaho; daughter, Lea Ann Hartman,\nDallas, Texas; stepson: Ron (Christina) Davidson, Post Falls, Idaho; seven\ngrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers: Jack (Linda) Hartman, Waupaca,\nWisc., and George (Sandy) Hartman, McMinnville, Ore.; stepsister: Dyana Anderson,\nSantee, Calif., and aunt, Eva Bytof, Cardiff by the Sea, Calif. He was preceded in death\nby his father, mother, stepfather; infant son Lee Anthony Hartman; and many of his\nextended family.\n\nLee requested no services, but a family celebration of life will be held later in California.