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Cleve Evan Harlow

October 12, 1961 ~ October 18, 2021 (age 60)

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Cleve E Harlow

Cleve Evan Harlow age 60 of Nampa, Idaho. Cashed in his final chips, October 18, 2021, at St Luke’s in Meridian, Idaho during a heart surgery. Cleve was my soulmate until the end. I will forever cherish our many years together.

Cleve (Pete to his family) was born October 12, 1961, in Pittsfield Illinois to Cleve Shirden and Betty Elaine (Davis) Harlow. They brought their new family back to Idaho in July 1962, settling down in the Parma/Notus rural area. His sister Christinia (1963) and brother
Carson (1966) completed their family. Cleve loved playing football for the Notus Pirates and living in the small farming town. He graduated from Notus High in 1981.

When he wasn’t working Cleve enjoyed DIY building projects, target practice, poker night with friends and family, riding his motorcycle, golfing, bowling, and throwing horseshoes.
One of his favorite ways to spend free time was reloading shotgun shells and bullets. He loved teaching his friends and family how to properly use a firearm and have safe fun while shooting. More often target practice than hunting.

By the age of 8 Cleve joined his dad, helping with small jobs for several farmers in the area. Always a hard worker, his first job as a young teen was moving sprinkler lines and digging ditches for irrigation. While still in high school Cleve made the decision to join the Army. In the summer of 1979, he went to basic training in Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. It was a lifechanging experience. It was there that Cleve accepted the Lord as his savior.... Seeing lightning bugs for
the first time was a close second! After graduation he was sent to Fort Knox Kentucky for AIT training and became a tank mechanic. After training he joined the Army National Guard based in Caldwell Idaho.

He began his job with Tamura’s, a potato shed in Parma. Loading bags of potatoes onto railcars to be shipped across the country. My Sister Mona convinced me to join her working at Tamura’s in January 1982. Cleve and I hit it off instantly. Cleve asked me to go out right away. Of course, I agreed, BUT only if he went to church with me. So, our first date was Sunday morning at Canyon County Baptist church January 31st, 1982. Just days later, on February 2nd we went out to dinner and Cleve asked me to marry him using a ring he’d just gotten out of the gumball machine moments before. We were married April 25th, 1982, at the very same church where we had our first date. Two weeks after we were married Cleve went to his training for the National Guard up north in Farragut Idaho. It was then that I shared the great news that we were pregnant! After his training we moved to Pawnee Oklahoma. Hoping to find work and make our own life as a family. Cleve got a job the day after we got there. Working for the City of Pawnee. Turns out Oklahoma wasn’t the place to be... for us at least. After just 2 weeks we loaded up his ’65 Ford pickup and headed home to Idaho.

Cleve was able to get his job back at the potato shed and we found a small house in Notus to settle into. It was there that we welcomed our precious first born daughter Amber Renae Harlow on January 25, 1983. Her precious baby brother couldn’t wait to get here so we welcomed Jared Allen Harlow November 28, 1983. Cleve and I decided why stop with a set of “Irish Twins” and we added 2 more bundles of joy to our family Dody Lyndell Harlow on March 10th 1986 and Tori Elaine Harlow completed our family on June 6 1989. Cleve bounced around working for a couple of years working for local Dairy’s, farmers and doing odd jobs. He started working for JR Simplot in January 1984 and worked for there for 17 years. In May 2001 he
began working for Home Depot. He worked in or managed in just about every department in the store. The Nampa Home Depot is where he spent a majority of the last 20 years, growing to love the friends and family he met doing his work there. Not only did he enjoy helping people but deeply enjoyed the relationships he developed while there.

Cleve was preceded in death by his father, Cleve Shirden Harlow.

Cleve is survived by his wife, Deana Marie Saner Harlow. His children, Amber Harlow Valdez, Jared Allen Harlow, Dody Lyndell Harlow and Tori Elaine Harlow. Grandchildren, Ashlynn Marie and Gabrielle Renae Valdez, Jasmine Lyndell and Lilly Susanna Annette Borst, Yecenia Kay Eubanks. His mother Betty Elaine (Davis) Harlow. His Siblings, Christinia Renae (Husband Robert) Esquivel, Carson Edward (Wife Shannon) Harlow. Several aunts, uncles nieces, nephews and the many friends from Simplot, Home Depot and others throughout the years.

Cleve will be missed by his furry kids, Gracie, Little Sis, Bubba, Penny, Spring, Gibbs and Smokey.

A memorial service will be held at 11am October 28th, 2021, at Fellowship Baptist Church 5480 Cherry Lane Nampa Idaho 83687. A potluck Dinner will be held at 1pm. Cleve’s ashes will be buried beside his Pa at the Lower Boise Cemetery in Parma.

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Celebration of Life
October 28, 2021

11:00 AM
Fellowship Baptist Church
5480 Cherry Lane
Nampa, ID 83687

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