George Jonathon (Jon) Vahlberg was born in Emmett, Idaho March 7, 1955 to Ruth (Leonard) and David "Barry" Vahlberg. He grew up with an older brother and two younger sisters. His early memories were colored with work and play on a chicken farm his parents owned and maintained.
He graduated from Emmett High School in 1973 but not before becoming the youngest black belt in the Boise Shotokon Dojo. He went as far as earning his third degree black belt in Shotokon. He worked hard at the Emmett Mill to put himself through college at Boise State University where he studied and instructed self-defense, karate, and defensive tactics to Criminology Majors. He graduated BSU with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in 1977.
After College he managed two C R Anthony clothing stores before meeting his first wife, Debbie Hopson and her daughter. They married and had two more daughters before they decided to move their family of five to Kooskia, Idaho (Debbie's hometown) in 1989. They later divorced but Jon had fallen in love with the area and decided to stay.
Jon then became a real estate agent which he loved. Being a real estate agent gave him the ability to schedule his work around his daughters' extra-curricular activities which he joined in and enjoyed. His most recent work was with Idaho Country Properties where enjoyed working every day because of his coworkers.
When Jon met his second wife, Terri Alarcon the timing couldn't have been more perfect. They met May 12, 2006 and were married July 6, 2013. She was a real blessing in his life and he was so proud and excited to help her open her beauty shop in Kooskia.
Jon believed in the higher power and was baptized six years ago beside his youngest daughter.
Jon was such a loving husband and father. Jon was a very caring man who once met could not be forgotten. He maintained close relationships with many people through his life. Jon was the type of man who would give the shirt off his back. A real hero. The type of man that would not run away from danger but toward it if someone was in need. He was also the jokester, loved to pull pranks and full of good humor. His punchlines always perfectly timed and his laughter was absolutely infectious!
His life was full of adventure from the start to finish, always having a story to tell and his grandchildren loved to hear Papa tell them. He was the master. Jon enjoyed playing pool, metal detecting, dancing, collecting treasures,and Boise State Football. He was passionate about politics and freedom. Most of all Jon loved his family.....and BSU Broncos....
He will be very missed by so many. He was a wonderful son, pesky younger brother, a cool older brother, a great dad, a fun and loving Papa and beloved husband. We lost him too soon to a heart attack which occurred on Saturday night September 3, 2016. He had been out walking with his wife near their home.
He was preceded in death by his father, D. Barry Vahlberg.
He is survived by his wife Terri Vahlberg, his mother, Ruth Vahlberg; his brother David Vahlberg; his sisters, Tona Henderson and Paula Terry; his daughter, Ashley and her children, Laith, MacKenzie and Ellysia Aasiby; daughter Whitney (James) and children, Korbin, Ayla, Odin, and Keara Aasiby; Step daughter, Jamie (Brian) and children, Coavin, Katie, Emily and Lany Coatney; step son, Mark Alarcon and daughter Azalea; step daughter Kaylana and sons, Issac, Zachary, and Mickey; step daughter Jonie and son Dillion.
There will be a Celebration of life at the Country Center, 4313 Hwy 13, Stites, ID at 1 p.m., Saturday September 24, 2016. It will be a cover dish dinner in Jon's honor. There will be a second Celebration of life in Emmett, ID 3 p.m., October 9, 2016 at the City Park. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho assisted the family. Send condolences to trenaryfuneralhome.com