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Rick Dean Adkins

December 1, 1965 — May 11, 2024


Born December 1, 1965 at St. Benedict’s Hospital in Jerome, Idaho to Tom and LaNita Adkins, Rick Adkins passed away peacefully in his home on May 11, 2024.

When Rick was very young and growing up in Jerome, he was always interested and liked to tinker with motors and all things mechanical. He would take apart his mom’s lawn mower and put it back together just to learn how it ran. He did all the things young boys do, from baseball to the Boy Scouts where he earned the Eagle Scout designation. He would often talk about what he learned on the 50-mile hike in the White Cloud Mountains with the Boy Scouts, especially how to deal with blisters. With two older brothers close in age, there was always innocent trouble in the neighborhood with three Adkins boys, especially to their little sister or so the story goes.

His dad introduced him at an early age to hunting, fishing and riding motorcycles and he took those passions later into his life with everybody around him who wanted to join in. His hunting trips were memorable, to say the least, whether it was actual hunting or planning a meal fit for kings at hunting camp. With a Chef in the group, it wasn’t long before all the hunters in the area would show up to find out what smelled so good. Fishing and skiing trips somehow always turned out to be funny and a little dangerous but always incredibly entertaining. The motorcycle, 4-wheeler and Side by Side trips were nearest and dearest to his heart as he loved the outdoors and the mountains of Fairfield where he spent a lot of time and considered it his second home.

Rick met the love of his life, Gina Gulley, in 1988. They were united in marriage on February 25, 1995 and started the adventure of their lives. Rick and Gina traveled all over, but they especially loved all their Nascar trips to meet up with friends and travelling from California to North Carolina to enjoy the races and of course the good food. Rick and Gina would also travel out of the country every few years with some close friends and those trips were always an adventure with funny stories and sunburns to talk about forever.

Rick worked hard and played even harder, living his life the way he wanted. He started hauling hay out of high school when he forged bonds with his bosses and other hay haulers. It was hard work and he loved it. Once he met Rich Thompson, they hit it off instantly and he transitioned into hauling milk with Rich Thompson Trucking. Rick was a role model and dear friend to many and, after 17 years, he decided to pursue his own business adventure and bought a glass company called “Magic Glass” in Twin Falls. After numerous years and more knowledge, Rick decided to go a different direction that led him back into the trucking world at Magic Valley Quality Milk where Rick developed and built the trucking department for the Co-Op. His final move was leaving milk trucks behind for commodity trucking where he managed the trucks and shop for Scott Jackson Trucking. He had a special fondness for all the people he worked with and within the trucking family across the Magic Valley, it gave him fulfillment.

Rick is survived by his wife, Gina Adkins of Jerome; mother, LaNita Adkins of Jerome; brothers, Alan Adkins of Jerome and Tony Adkins (Kaycee Williams) of Twin Falls; sister, Tina (Gordon) Kealaiki of Jerome; nieces and nephews, Jeneca Sabala, Nichole Dally, Wyatt Torix, Jenna Bastian, Justen Dally, Bethany Kealaiki, Samantha Rockford and Taylor Rockford; and great nieces and great nephews, Jaden, Axton, Lea, Maverick and Maicee.

Rick was preceded in death by his father, Tom Adkins; grandparents, Juel and Berthella Hughes and Sam and Minnie Adkins; as well as many friends that he always took the time to remember.

Rick loved his family and loved his friends which were really family to him.

Please help us celebrate Rick’s life at 11:00 am, Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at New Life Community Church, 800 West Main Street in Wendell, ID, with a reception to follow.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Rick’s memorial webpage at

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am

New Life Community Church

800 W Main St, Wendell, ID 83355

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