Obituary: Bruce Stamper, Jr.

November 16, 1971 – November 5, 2016

Bruce Stamper, Jr. 44, passed away on Saturday, November 5, as a result of a plane crash in Dubois, WY.  A funeral service was set for 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Headwaters in Dubois, with burial at the Dubois Cemetery.

Bruce was born on Nov. 16, 1971 in Fairbanks, AK to Bruce and Billie Jean (Powell) Stamper.  He lived in Usibelli, AK where his father was a coal miner.  The family moved back and forth between Alaska and Wyoming until he was 8 years old when they settled outside of Dubois.  While in high school he drove his own car up the Alaskan Highway through Canada where he worked at a cannery in Cordova.  He was ambitious and walked the docks until he found a job on a seine boat. He attended schools in Dubois, was an exchange student in Japan for 6 weeks, and graduated in 1991 from Dubois High School.  After high school he served a two-year mission for his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Santa Rosa, CA.

Upon returning from his mission he married Melissa Lynn Hickman and they were blessed with the birth of his eldest son, Cody Austin Stamper in 1995.  They later divorced.  He then moved to Salmon, ID where he was introduced to Crystal Anne Grimm whom he married on Sept. 24, 1999. They were sealed for time and all eternity at the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in 2001.  They were blessed with three children; Dakota Gregory (2002), Olivia Anne (2003), and Deshka (2007).

He was responsible and dependable from a young age and was a successful entrepreneur of many businesses.  He built beautiful log homes, and in 2006 traveled to Cordova, AK where he and Crystal bought their own boat and gillnet permit. His two sons worked hard as crewmen on his boat. The family continued to split their time between Alaska and Wyoming from 2007 through 2016. He piloted his own Super Cub, which he used to spot fish during the salmon seine season.

He was always looking ahead to the next adventure which was just over the next ridge. He always had a love for adventure and became an experienced pilot. His family meant everything to him. He was proud of his children and their accomplishments. His life was blessed with many great friends.

He is survived by his wife Crystal of Dubois; children, Cody Stamper of Pasco, WA serving in the U.S. Marines, Dakota, Olivia, and Deshka Stamper of Dubois, WY; parents, B.J. and Ted Shinderling of Salmon, ID; brothers, Jared Stamper (Jamie) of Alpine, WY and Amos Stamper (Krista) of Gillette, WY; uncles, Charles Powell (Donna) of Anchorage, AK, Pete Stamper (Sheila) of Salmon, ID, and Mike Stamper (Judy) of Lander, Wyoming; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce Stamper; grandparents, Albert and Margaret Stamper, William and Eulah Powell; and uncle Thomas Powell.