Diane Kay Cavin, 88, of Jerome, passed away at the home of her daughter, Toni, in Salt Lake City, on Sunday, August 13, 2017.
It's true that good things come in small packages, and this stick of dynamite was born in North Bend, Oregon to Richard Lennan and Grace Findlayson Lennan on August 23, 1928, later joined by her brother, Richard.
When she was just 16 years old, a tall, handsome young man by the name of Dewey caught her eye, so she sent word to him that she would give him a little kiss, if he'd meet her under the stairway. Of course, he did--and she gave him that promised kiss--and many more later. They were married on April 29, 1944--and she continued giving him smooches for the next 70 years and five kids!
In 1958, they moved their family into the house on Fillmore Street in Jerome, where she raised her girls, cats, dogs, horses, and a garden. Diane could barely reach the stove, but that didn't stop her from becoming an accomplished cook! Her homemade bread would melt in your mouth, especially when served up with venison stew or clam chowder. The cellar was lined with jars of canned fruits and vegetables every year. Not one person ever went hungry at the Cavin house!
When asked recently: "what's the most important thing you would want people to know about your life?" she replied: "That I loved my husband."--and that fact could not be denied, the woman never left his side--she was beside him for rafting adventures, fishing trips, packing into the wilds of Idaho in pursuit of elk and deer, camping, raising kids, raising hell, but mostly, showing everyone what love is supposed to look like. "Whither thou goest, I will go." Diane was blessed with a kind and loving heart that found good in everyone, especially her girls and grandchildren. Women of her generation did not usually take on such grand adventures in the great outdoors----but, wherever Dewey went, Diane was sure to be at his side.
For a little bitty thing, she is going to leave a huge hole for her family---her beloved daughters, Nikki (Tim) Grace, Toni (Paul) Seely, Jolie (David) Bown and Kelly Erickson. Her grandchildren--Diane, Dana, Nathan, Isreal, Scott, Sydnee, Blair and Cavin. 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Her brother, Richard Lennan, nephew, Steven Lennan, and special niece, Gail Sorensen.
She was preceded by her husband, Dewey, her parents, an infant son and her grandson, John Tristan.
Viewing will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017, from 6-8:00 p.m. at Farnsworth Mortuary. A graveside service will be at the Jerome Cemetery on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., where she will be reunited with her sweetheart forever.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Diane’s memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.