EAGLE—Joan Asson, 69, of Eagle, Idaho, and formerly of the Mini-Cassia area, died in the early hours of Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at her home in Eagle. Joan fought valiantly and suffered for seven years against incurable interstitial pneumonitis.
Joan was born in Rupert, to Russell Ernest and Freida Helene Dockter Jacobsen, on February 15, 1953. Many Rupert residents will remember that Russell was Rupert’s official Santa Claus for many years.
The Jacobsens already had three daughters, the youngest being 11 years older than Joan. A fifth child was added to the family in 1955, their first boy, Mark.
Joan graduated from Minico High School in 1971 and started her family over the next few years with two children, a boy and a girl. By 1977, she had become a single mother with little training or financial support. Eventually, she got a job with Bonanza Motors doing automotive refinishing work which, at the time, was a man’s job.
Joan proved herself to be a valuable and hardworking person and within a year she was promoted to warranty claims clerk in the auto repair department, another job more often done by men with disabilities. mechanical knowledge. Joan was steadily promoted to more senior positions until she eventually became the CFO of the sales department. Joan worked for Bonanza Motors for 20 years, during which time she gave birth to a third child, a boy.
In 1997, Joan was thrilled to find a job at the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce as General Manager. Over the next six years, she was instrumental in increasing the membership of the Chamber of several hundred companies located in the many towns of the Mini-Cassia area of influence.
In 1998 Joan married Gary Asson on top of Mount Baldy above Ketchum where they often enjoyed skiing.
In 2003 Joan retired from the Chamber of Commerce and moved to Eagle, Idaho with her husband Gary Asson. At Eagle, she became heavily involved with the Boise Relief League, a sorority of professional and retired businesswomen who work together to raise funds for the underprivileged.
Joan and Gary loved to travel and have visited Italy and Europe on several occasions. Gary’s family in Italy adopted Joan as a true Italian. Later, a DNA test confirmed that she had 1.3% Italian blood. The couple also enjoyed traveling with family and friends to the west coast of Oregon and the east coast of North Carolina, as well as a cruise to Alaska.
Later, she kept very busy with cross stitch, crochet and quilting. Many of her grandchildren, nieces and nephews appreciate a beautiful Afghan blanket made by Joan.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; his sisters, Janice Pratt and Jerry Loosli; and her stepson, Scott Asson.
Joan is survived and dearly missed by her husband, Gary; his children, Eric (Melissa) Vibbert, Andrea (Aaron) Fernau and Jacob (Skye) Aldridge; his grandchildren, Drake Vibbert, Eric Vibbert Jr., Landon Vibbert, Alyssa Maxwell, Nathan (Kate) Fernau, Shalynn (Albert Krakowski) Fernau, Elliot Aldridge and Emilia Aldridge; her great-grandchildren, Vincent Fernau and Kaiden May; his sister, Carol Ryan and his brother, Mark (Jody) Jacobsen; and by his six stepchildren and 17 step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will take place at 2 p.m. On Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, located at 1350 East 16th Street, Burley. Interment will follow at Rupert Cemetery.
A visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., before the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, a charity to which Joan often donated.
Donations can be made online at: www.stlukesonline.org/about-st-lukes/donate-or-volunteer
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