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Warren Tourangeau

September 7th, 1950 - December 7th, 2020

Father. Husband. Teacher. Adventurer. Warren Tourangeau was all these and more. Warren died unexpectedly December 7, 2020 at his home with his wife by his side. Warren was born on September 7, 1950 (or the 8th, depending on Daylight Savings Time). The youngest of three children, he is fondly referred to as “General Nuisance” by his family. He excelled in athletics and played many roles in the neighborhood’s Menard Theatrical Society, winning “Best Actor” for his portrayal of The Witch in Snow White and the Dwarf (limited acting pool). Warren’s early theatre career served him well on April 21, 1967: while rehearsing lines for a high school play, he spotted the deadly Oak Lawn Tornado out his bedroom window. He rushed downstairs, hustled his family into the basement, and their lives were spared, unlike 55 others who were killed. It was just one of many “famous family stories,” and in this one Warren played the hero. Theatre and Speech became Warren’s way of life as he majored in Speech Communication at Illinois State University, graduating in 1972. He taught at several high schools in Illinois, most notably Farmington High School. There, he coached state champions, directed “Camelot” for the inaugural Illinois HS Theatre Festival, and co-directed an All-State Musical. During his Farmington career, he met his future wife Patricia (Pat). They connected when she also attended ISU, majoring in Theatre; they fell in love and married in 1980, spending the next few years kicking around NYC, Maine, and Illinois for graduate school. In 1985, the couple moved to Kooskia, Idaho. Warren worked at Kamiah High School with Pat, and at Grangeville High School, where he taught English and Speech, coached Speech and Debate, and directed plays. The two enjoyed their collaboration, working as a teaching-coaching-directing team. Warren was an avid reader and journaled about his life and adventures for over 50 years. Warren’s greatest enjoyment in life was the outdoors: camping, hiking, rafting, and exploring wildlands in the U.S. and Canada. He found his ideal travel companion in Pat, for adventuring through National Parks (favorite: Yellowstone!) and baseball stadiums (Go Cubs!), to remote forest lands in Idaho and Montana, and eventually in retirement on their snowbird adventures throughout the Southwest. They spent 40 years as partners in life and travel. He was most at home on the Lochsa and Selway Rivers of Idaho. In 1995 their son Marc was born. Warren considered Marc the single best thing he ever produced in his lifetime. Marc accompanied them on all their adventures, hiking and biking and camping across the US. He remains their pride and joy. In 2005, the family moved to Boise, Idaho. Warren taught Speech and Debate at Centennial High School in Meridian; he retired in 2013. In all, Warren worked for 40 years in public education, mostly getting students on their feet to speak in front of others with confidence. He impacted countless student lives. Warren is survived by his wife Patricia in Boise; son Marc (Rachel DeArman) in Helena, MT; his brother Frank (Dan Pal) in Chicago, IL; sister Joyce (James) Trent in San Diego, as well as beloved nieces Sara Trent and Heidi (Taylor) Burnett and their children; and his cousin Al Tourangeau in Ft. Myers, FL. His Stobaugh family survivors include father-in-law Bud Stobaugh (Micki Rodrick) of Farmington; brothers-in-law Michael (Sherry) Stobaugh of Bartonville and Timothy (Janice) Stobaugh of Elmwood; nieces and nephews David (Katie) Stobaugh of Peoria; Erica (Tom) Davis of Urbana; Sarah (Michael) Perardi and children of Farmington; Rachel (Jarod) Miller and children of Farmington; and Ryan (Kaitlin) Stobaugh and children of Farmington. There will be no formal services. In summer 2021 there will be a hellacious party for friends and family, good food and great stories, laughter and tears, along the Lochsa River in North Central Idaho, one of his favorite places. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Yellowstone Forever Foundation.

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Candy K Ethridge

🕯️ Dear Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. It is unimaginable that life goes on. When we lose someone we love. I have always believed they can still hear us after they are gone. I still talk to my family that have passed on to the next adventure. Please remember you have friends around who will listen anytime you need to talk. If I can do anything, Please let me know. Candy K Ethridge

Published March 30th, 2024

Judy Leuck

Dear Pat and Marc, Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of Warren at such an early age. I remember his passion for drama when he was at Grangeville High School. We all knew to stay out of his way when he had an upcoming performance. The resulting production was always top notch and featured some of our students who found a home in drama. Reading his obituary I gained so much knowledge about his life and background. We are fortunate to have had him at GHS while we did. May the memories you must have made in all your travels and experiences bring you peace, Marc, I remember how very proud your father was when you were born. May you always carry his love in your heart. Judy Leuck

Published March 30th, 2024

Bryson Valentine

🕯️ Pat and Marc. I am so sorry to hear about Warren's passing. He was an extraordinary man and I greatly enjoyed our visits together. You all will be in my thoughts. Take care and God bless. Love Bryson Valentine

Published March 30th, 2024

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