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Ralph Shoup Gorton Jr. (1919-2013) Obituary

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Ralph Shoup Gorton Jr. (1919-2013) Obituary

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Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Gorton, Lau, Jordan
Idaho Statesman, 08/11/13

Ralph "Shoup" Gorton Jr., died August 6, 2013 at a care center in Meridian, Idaho. Shoup was born August 1, 1919 to Ralph Shoup and Rita Lau Gorton in Soda Springs, Idaho. He graduated from Soda Springs High School in 1937. He attended the University of Idaho, Southern Branch (now Idaho State University) for 2 years and graduated from the University of Denver in June 1941. He played his trumpet in the University Bands all of those years.
In May 1940, Mary Jordan from Columbia Falls, Montana came to Soda Springs. She had graduated in 1939 from St Patrick School of Nursing in Missoula, Montana and was then employed by Caribou County Hospital. In June Shoup met her and they dated almost everyday until he went back to school in September. Mary then went to work on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. In November Shoup went to Denver and found a job and Mary was in San Francisco. On December 7, 1941 World War II was progressing and Mary called and said "I'm coming to Denver". Arriving on December 10 and they were married December 27, 1941. Mary died December 10, 2005 after 64 years of marriage.
Shoup enlisted in the US Army Air Corp in 1942. He served 21 months in England, Italy and France as a navigator in the 435th Troup Carrier Group, Ninth Air Force as a 1rst Lieutenant with total flying hours of 1,298 and 134 combat hours. He was discharged in September 1945.
After the war they went back to Soda Springs where Shoup took a job in the Largillier Bank in 1946. In 1947 he was a Deputy Collector for the Internal Revenue Service. In 1950 he became a Certified Public Accountant in Weiser, Idaho, and in 1953 he became a partner in Middleton, Learned and Smith in Boise. In 1962 they merged with the national accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst. Shoup became a partner and at the age of 59 retired on September 30, 1978.
In June 1965 Shoup's father wanted a picture of four generations Ralphs.
1. Ralph Shoup Gorton01-03-1891
2. Ralph Shoup Gorton JR08-01-1919
3. Ralph Shoup Gorton III11-26-1942
4. Ralph Shoup Gorton IV08-01-1961
Shoup participated in several civic activities: Boy Scouts, United Fund of Boise, Junior Achievement, in 1959 attaché to the Revenue & Taxation Committee Code, past member of the Governor's Advisory Board to the State Income Tax Commission, past member of the Advisory Board to the School of Business, Idaho State University, Past member of the Executive Committee of the Idaho State Tax Institute. He served 2 times as President of the Idaho State Board of Accountancy and was a member of the Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants and past president.
He was a member and past President of Crane Creek Country Club, member and past Chairman of the Arid Club, Director of the Idaho Youth Ranch Foundation and Director of Mountain States Medical Research Institute.
Shoup and Mary had a wonderful family. There was some sadness but a lot of happiness. They enjoyed gardening, camping, fly fishing, golf, traveling and jazz. Shoup was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Dr Richard (Laurene), sister Carolyn, his wonderful wife Mary and his son Ralph S III. He is survived by his sister Gloria, son Robert (Renae) and daughter Kathleen (Jon Seetin). He also leaves behind 5 grand children David, (Joanne), Patty Ann (Patrick), Jennifer (Jack), Jill (Nick) and Jody and 8 great grandchildren, Michael, Andy, Alex, Dan, Tyler, Caden, Eleanor and Charlie.
Our family wishes to thank Heart 'n Home Hospice and the many care givers at Touchmark for their devoted care of Shoup.
There will be a viewing for Shoup on Thursday, August 15 from 4-7PM at Summers Funeral Home, 1205 W. Bannock Street, Boise. His service will be celebrated on Friday, August 16 at 1:00PM in St Michael's Cathedral. Burial will follow in Terrace Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Shoup to The Idaho Youth Ranch, PO Box 8538, Boise ID 83707; to St Michael's Cathedral Memorial Fund, 518 N 8th St., Boise ID 83702; or to a favorite charity .
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Shoup's memorial webpage at

Published in Idaho Statesman from August 8 to August 11, 2013

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