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Horace "Rico" Rico Sims Jr.

March 4th, 1972 - August 27th, 2020

Our larger than life Horace “Rico” Sims, Jr. lost his nearly three year battle with cancer on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in his Meridian home surrounded by love. Rico fought cancer like a true super hero. His strong spirit, positivity, love of people and soulful desire to never give up stayed with him to the very end. Rico is survived by his wife, Jennifer Hoppins Sims, sons: Justin, Jordan, Jason and Kaden along with step kids: Jacob, Austin, Kilee and Karter; mom, Freddie Sims; siblings: Partica (brother-in-law, Brian), David (sister-in-law, Kate), Shalanda (brother-in-law, Cammal) and Raesanae and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and beloved friends far and wide. Rico was born in Hanford California on March 4, 1972, graduating from Hanford High School in 1990. With a great love of sports, Rico excelled at basketball, football, swimming and track. His talents and love for basketball brought him to Idaho playing for Rick’s college 1990-1992. From there, Idaho became Rico’s home. He held a variety of jobs until his infectious personality landed him in Sales for many years. Rico spent the last 10+ years in banking, the last 7 years at Washington Federal Bank. Rico had many loves, but first and foremost he deeply loved his wife, kids and family. He had a tremendous passion for connecting with people, all people, genuinely and authentically. Rico gave of himself as an every day practice. Even amidst cancer treatment, he continued to give of himself to such efforts as Rake up Boise, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), Junior Achievement of Idaho, Boise Rescue Mission and various other community based programs. His giving heart, big smile and joyous spirit brought light to every room he entered. Rico impacted and touched so many lives. The universe feels a little dimmer today, but his incredible spirit lives on and will forever hold a special place in our heart. A ‘Rico casual’ celebration of life picnic is scheduled at Discovery Park in Meridian (2121 E Lake Hazel Rd) on Saturday September 19th at 5 PM. Please bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. We ask that you spread out and practice reasonable social distancing. In lieu of flowers, a Rico Strong Memorial Fund has been established at Washington Federal bank. You may donate at any Treasure Valley Washington Federal bank branch. Remembrances may be left on Rico’s webpage at www.AccentFuneral.com.

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Robin Zadzora

We are so sorry for your family's loss. We met Rico while he was coaching Upward Basketball. Rico was so caring with the boys. Prayers for your family. Robin

Published March 31st, 2024
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Rico and my son were best friends through school. He was a fixture in our home and I considered him my son. I will miss his wonderful personality and infectious smile. Your other mother, Rita

Published March 30th, 2024
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FREDDIE SIMS

🕯️ I LIGHT A CANDLE FOR YOU MY SON. MY HEART IS HEAVY MY LIFE FEELS INCOMPLETE.A PART OF ME WENT AWAY WITH YOU CAN NEVER BE REPLACE. SO I HOLD ON TO YOU MY SON WITH LOVE , WITH JOY TO KNOW YOU'RE AT PEACE. I MISS YOU , I LOVE YOU .

Published March 30th, 2024
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Teri Campbell

There are no words to describe the loss of a friend like you. My heart is broken to think of all the fun times we had left to spend together that will never happen. You will always have a very special place in my heart and will always be in my thoughts. You are and will continue to be so very missed. Love, peace and chicken grease my friend. Until we meet again <3

Published March 30th, 2024
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