ElVon 'Al' Hoskins, 63, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011 after complications from prostate cancer. He was born November 15, 1947 to Loyce Myers and Donald Hoskins in Pocatello, ID. Al was raised in Pocatello, married Jane Wilson Hoskins and began a 40 year successful career in retail management with Skaggs Drug, American Stores and Osco Drug. He embarked in over 14 moves in eight states. With a passion for the great outdoors, Al spent as much time as possible with his family camping, skiing, motorcycle riding, hunting and his most loved hobby of fly fishing. When not at home in Montana he traveled to Russia, South and Central America, Mexico and Alaska in search of the big catch. One of his favorite places to fish was Australia. Al liked to spend time fishing with those in need of a fishing buddy through the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation and 'Reel Recovery' programs. Al is survived by his wife Jane; sons Scott of Minneapolis, MN, James of Phoenix, AZ, and Matt (Jen) of Belgrade, MT; mother Loyce Crane of Boise, ID; sister Merilee (Ron) Ellsworth of Boise, ID; and sister-in-law Francie Stephens of Pocatello, ID, as well as many friends and family around the country. A celebration of Al's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Al's name to the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation, PO Box 1165, Bozeman, MT 59771, Eagle Mount, 6901 Goldenstein, Bozeman, MT 59718, or Trout Unlimited Madison/Gallatin Chapter, PO Box 52, Bozeman, MT 59771.
Jane and family, you are in our prayers... Val and I have very fond memories of the times we spent together... Al was always my hero and to this day I am still using the fly rod and reel he gave me when we moved to Boise... Al's generosity was second to none... Al will be missed by many! Dave & Val Biderman
Jane and Family. You are all in our thoughts as you move through this difficult time. Al was a wonderful friend and his smile and kindness will be missed. Harold & Donna Jackson
Al is a person who I always will remember and treasure. Joyful, warm, sincere, and a real gentleman. Al's smile, laugh and good nature lit up the room he was in. When you were with Al, life was good. To Al's family, please accept my sincerest condolences.
Al was a great friend for 25 years. I always looked forward to seeing him at our business and social gatherings. The Bays and many, many others will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hoskins family.
Gerry and Kathy Bay
Al an angel that has earned his wings unconditionally! Al never met anyone who would not call him a friend, he was sincere genuine honest and caring in every aspect of his life. I was extremely lucky to have had Al in my life from early on he influenced and molded me in many ways!!!! Always HONEST feedback! I will never forget him. Take care Jane and family the Browns will have you in our thoughts! Love always Gail Scott Colby and Shelby. Gail Brown
We have lost a great friend and a wonderful person in Al. His smile and laugh were infectious. He had the respect and love of all that he came in contact with. We will miss him dearly.
Ken and Julie Ann Walker
Jane, Scott, James, Matt, and Jen... You are all in our prayers during this sad time. Al was a great friend and we will miss him terribly. We will remember him for his kindness, his smile, and his welcoming nature. We are both better people for having known him. John and Sharon McGovern
Jane, Scott, James, Matt and Jen; You are in our thoughts and prayers. Al was a 'one of a kind' person in my life. He inspired me with his kindness and concern for other people. He embodied the leadership culture in the Skaggs and American Stores Companies. He lived the 'golden rule'. I know that he had a positive impact on a vast number of employees throughout the business. He liked to teach and share ideas. Our lives were enriched by the presence of Al Hoskins.
Bob and Martha Godlasky
To the Hoskins Family: I was so sad to hear about your loss. Al Hoskins was a great gentleman, in the truest sense of the word. He was a mentor to me and many others. He made you want to succeed and treated each of us as his equal. I will always remember Al as a great leader and friend. Our prayers are with you.
John and Sandy Segal
You are in our prayers. Al was always positive, pleasant, and smiling.
Lyle & Connie Grafelman
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be missed by many. Rest at Peace