Haden Duane “Sonny” Claiborne
1947 ~ 2016
Haden Duane “Sonny” Claiborne, age 69, of Boise, Idaho, passed from this life to the next at 7:45 in the evening on Saturday, June 11, 2016. He was surrounded with the loving presence of his wife and children, and their spouses. Born May 31, 1947 in Wendell, Idaho to Haden M. And Theresa Claiborne, the eldest of their 4 children, and only son, he quickly became known as Sonny. His early years were spent in Southern Idaho, Montana and Northern Nevada as the family traveled with their father as he developed his sand and gravel business. Sonny also spent significant time in Auburn, California with his mother’s extended family. By the time he reached his high school years, the family had settled in Boise. Haden attended Borah High School, but transitioned to Capital High School for his senior year, becoming a member of its first graduating class in 1966.
After completing high school, Haden enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served 3 tours of duty to Vietnam during that armed conflict. Haden served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61) as a Boatswain’s Mate, receiving several commendations. The friendships he developed with his shipmates during this time persisted throughout his life. After being discharged as a Petty Officer Third Class in 1970, Haden enrolled at Boise State College to study criminal justice. He met and married the love of his life, Kathleen Hansen, on July 24, 1971. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree Haden embarked on his lifetime career as an insurance claims adjuster and investigator, remaining in the Boise area. His first child, Sara Nicole, was born October 18, 1974. She was followed by David Patrick, born January 28, 1978. His third child, Teri Ann, was born February 26, 1982.
Haden worked hard, owning and operating his own independent business, to support his family. Haden was always great at building relationships with people. He served upon, and chaired, many business, professional and service organizations. He was active in his family life and always taught the value of hard work, determination and self-reliance. Throughout his life he loved power sports. As a young man he road dirt bikes. After his children were born, he transitioned to ATVs. In more recent years he moved over to UTVs. Haden loved being in the outdoors; hunting, fishing, prospecting, wood cutting, sightseeing, and he shared this love with his family and friends. Haden was a tireless advocate for public lands access. He served on the board of the Idaho Recreation Council, was a founder of the Idaho UTV club, a board member of the Idaho State ATV Association, and past president of the Boise ATV Trail Riders club.
Haden enjoyed meeting people and serving others so much. He struck up conversation with anyone. He spent many hours at the Boise VA Hospital and elsewhere simply talking with fellow veterans and sharing stories, and most importantly, sharing laughs. Haden will be missed by many, but his spirit and dedication will live on through many.
Haden was preceded in death by his parents, Haden M. And Theresa Claiborne of Boise; his wife’s parents, James and Lela Hansen of Boise; and by his brother-in-law, Steve Dalke of Unity, OR.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his sisters, Nancy (Keith) Kolar of Payette, ID; Carla Dalke of Boise; Andy Claiborne of Blackfoot, ID; his children, Sara (Jason) Klure of Eagle, ID; David (Julie) Claiborne of Boise; and Teri (David) Meadows of Boise; and his eight loving grandchildren: Tabitha, Leila, DJ, Lance, Nathan, Jayden, Amelia and Lewis.
A viewing will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Summers Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel, 3629 E Ustick Rd, Meridian, Idaho. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Summers Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel, with burial concluding at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Boise.
Those wishing to honor Haden may kindly make donations to the Boise Veterans Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Haden’s memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com