J. F. Foster was born to James Fern Foster and Margaret Joy Rathjens Foster on April 21, 1950. Due to a farming accident in December of 1949, J never met his father. Lynn Freeman later married Joy and became J’s dad. J was born in St. Anthony and raised in the Rexburg area.
Fresh out of high school in 1968, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Oriskany as a Machinist Mate. He served his country doing two tours of Vietnam.
Upon his return home he completed trucking school in Weiser to drive semi tractors. He worked in the trucking business for several years. He was currently driving for Doug Andrus Distributing in Idaho Falls. Holding the honor of a Million Mile Driver earned him a beautiful red truck delivered to his door step with all the bells and whistles. Prior to driving truck long haul, he worked at the J.R. Simplot Company at the Don Plant.
In 1978 he married Joyce Turner, and from this union: Jeremy J. (Mandi) Foster, Cody Charles (Marci) Foster, Lacy (Josh) Zavison, Alysia (David) Ford. He was a proud Papa of Hagen and Tate, Kelli Jo and Kolton, Izaak and Zoey, and BrayLynn and Eli. He loved his family dearly.
Brothers Terry (Sharon) Foster, Tracy (Leslie) Freeman, sisters Merry Lee Shaw, Shana (Paul) Montgomery, Jodi (D.L.) Fife. Preceding him in death, a daughter, Sabrina Kay Foster, by a previous marriage, his mother, fathers, and brother, Jim Foster.
Services will be held Wednesday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at The Community Church, 745 Bennett, American Falls, ID. Visitation was held Tuesday, April 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary in American Falls and one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at the Falls View Cemetery in American Falls with Military Honor Guard services.
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