Rick David Bidlake, 58, of Potlatch, Idaho, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident.
Rick was born on June 22, 1955, to Quenteen and Betty Bidlake in Moscow. The family lived in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, until 1957 when they moved to Lewiston. Rick spent most of his youth in Lewiston and moved to Princeton, Idaho, with his parents in 1970. He graduated from Potlatch High School with the class of 1974. Upon graduation, Rick enlisted in the U.S. Navy (1974-1978) and was assigned to a nuclear submarine, USS Pintado, as a machinist mate. In 1976, he married Judy Hagedorn and the couple made their home in San Diego, Calif., where Rick was stationed for the duration of his naval career. In 1978, Rick and Judy returned to Potlatch and were blessed with two daughters, Trisha and Tracie. Rick and Judy divorced in 1999. On Aug. 16, 2008, Rick married Mary Naas, and they made their home in Potlatch.
Rick spent most of his life working in the timber industry and doing what he always wanted to do: driving logging and chip trucks. He spent most of his trucking career working for Jack G. Buell and also spent some time working at Bennett's Lumber Mill. He enjoyed his work and made some wonderful friendships. For many years, Rick was also a volunteer EMT and firefighter with the Potlatch Volunteer Fire Department. He loved giving back to his community and the friendships he made while working with the department.
Rick was an outdoorsman at heart; he enjoyed hunting, camping and riding four-wheelers, motorcycles and snowmobiles. He very rarely was without a "toy" and loved sharing his adventures with friends and family. One of Rick's favorite hobbies was home remodeling. He always had a project going, and it was a joke among the family that his girls could sleep through a chain saw and hammering. His favorite remodeling partner was his dad, Quenteen. The two had so much fun planning and working together until his dad's passing in 2006. During the last few years, Rick enjoyed relaxing at home with his wife, Mary, and their pet cats. He was excited about the projects that he was doing on their home, especially the patio that he had just finished for Mary right before the accident.
Rick is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Trisha Remacle and husband, Ray, of Lewiston, and their children Nicholas, Sean and Elizabeth, and Tracie Sinkbeil and husband, Jeff, of Dayton, Wash., and their children Brenna and Mason; sisters, Tana Kroll and husband, Dennis, of Otis Orchards, Wash., and Paula Tomlinson and husband, Larry, of Lewiston; stepdaughter, Carol Pollack, of Sandpoint, Idaho; stepson, Sean Cassity, of Eugene, Ore.; Mary's grandchildren, Brittany and Rob Fusco and great-grandaughter, Ayla, of Moscow, Jordan Pollack of Rathdrum, Idaho, Randi Lin Pollack, of Boise, Idaho, Mikhail Pollack of Sandpoint, and Dillon Pollack of Potlatch.
Funeral arrangements are being made with Kramer Funeral Home. A celebration of life and graveside service will be held Aug. 17, 2013.