Paul Cary Ralphs Sept. 9, 1933 - May 5, 2014Paul Cary Ralphs passed away at his home on May 5, 2014. He enjoyed his last days and hours with vibrant love of life and vitality, up until he left us too soon. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, especially his children, friends and relatives.Paul was born on Sept. 9, 1933 in Nampa, Idaho to Jesse Clifton and Ethel Cary Ralphs. Growing up on a farm taught him his strong work ethic which he held onto for the rest of his life. He graduated from Greenleaf Friends Academy and attended George Fox College and Northwest Nazarene College, where he was a star pitcher on both baseball teams. In 1955 he was married to Lois Mae Tracy with whom he had four children: Tracy Prewett (married to Rich Prewett), Douglas Ralphs, Elaine Leingang (married to Thad Leingang) and Diane Ralphs. In his later years he was married to Kathy Young with whom he remained strong friends. He was devoted to his six grandchildren: Jacob Prewett, Brian Ralphs, Matthew Ralphs, Shea Prewett, Josephine Leingang, and Samuel Leingang, and to his surviving brother, Clifton Ralphs.Paul was a master builder in the Boise and Treasure Valley areas, and is renowned for the many homes of distinction he leaves behind. In his later years he became an avid bicyclist, often riding 100 miles per day, and over 10,000 miles per year. He was an amazing example of health and vitality for his age. His love for farming and gardening lasted his whole life, and he was an accomplished painter, baker and candy maker and avid reader. His love of Boise State Football was equaled only by his love for his cats.Paul had a quiet faith and love for God and the Bible, faithfully living his whole life by its principles. He was a loving father and good friend to his children, a tenderhearted man who backed up his convictions with action, and loyal and giving to his many friends and relatives.Friends may call on the family on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 4:00-7:00pm at the Meridian Friends Church located at 1021 W Pine Ave, Meridian, Idaho. A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2:00pm, at the Star Cemetery 9350 Floating Feather Road Star, Idaho. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Meridian Friends church at 3:30 pm, Saturday, May 17, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Boise Bicycle Project at http://www.boisebicycleproject.org/donations/
or Meridian Friends Church Missionaries. Please make checks payable to Meridian Friends Church.