Lee Allison Hicks
December 14, 1936-June 16, 2019
Lee Allison Hicks, formerly the pastor of Federated Church, passed away peacefully on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16, 2019.
A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, at First Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho, with a reception to follow. Memorials can be sent to the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Disaster Account #DR 000015 USA Disasters and Emergencies, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700; or the Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho, 100 E Warm Springs Ave, Boise, ID 83712.
Lee was born in Visalia, California on Dec. 14, 1936, to his parents, Albert “Allison” Hicks and Florence Campbell Hicks. He was born with hay fever and asthma and nearly died at age 13. It was also found that he had a heart murmur; therefore he did not participate in sports. After World War II, the family moved to Santa Cruz for five years, then returned to Los Gatos in 1951, graduating from Los Gatos High School. Lee attended Stanford University where he explored his interest in art, journalism and architecture. On a date during finals week, he was asked “What are you doing in life for Christ's sake?” Lee responded by visiting with his pastor and decided to attend San Francisco Theological Seminary. During these years, Lee met his wife, Barbara and they were married four months later.
After two years of seminary classes, he took a 15-month internship in Nebraska, serving four churches, 75 miles apart. Lee returned to seminary for his final year, and then returned to Nebraska to serve some of these same churches in 1962. In 1963, his son Kirk was born. For the next 25 years (1962-1987), Lee served as lead pastor in Nebraska churches, beginning in Elgin, Craig and Valentine. While in Valentine, after two miscarriages, Lee and Barbara adopted their daughter, Kerry in 1968. The Hicks' moved to Columbus in 1974, serving 13 wonderful years at Federated Church. In Columbus, where the kids spent most of their school years, Lee became a leader in the community. He advocated the Stephens Ministry, the Children's Clothes Closet, the Columbus Food Pantry, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, an annual Christmas Dinner for those spending Christmas alone, and was involved in a community business-based support for small business owners. Lee was also instrumental in the beginnings of the Prairie Village Retirement Center. As he was in his former communities, Lee was active in Rotary Club and led the God and Country program for the Boy Scouts. In 1986, Lee achieved a long-time goal of attaining his Doctorate in Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
In 1988, Lee returned to California, serving Easton Presbyterian Church for seven years, just south of downtown Fresno. He called often on shut-ins and started a new ministry he felt called for, Pastor for Pastors, a support for other clergy serving churches in the Fresno area.
Lee retired from full-time ministry in 1995, but continued his calling to Pastor to Pastors and served as an interim pastor to various churches in the California Central Valley.
In 2003, Lee and Barbara moved to Boise, Idaho, to be closer to Kerry's family and many opportunities to spend time with their granddaughters. He spent his last three years in Redwood Village, in a skilled nursing unit. Lee was so proud of all his grandchildren, both in Boise and in Nebraska.
Lee's surviving family includes his brother, Jerry (Ann) Hicks in Santa Fe, New Mexico; his wife, Barbara Hicks in Boise; his children, Kirk (Jennifer) Hicks of Omaha, and Kerry (Steve) Calverley of Boise; grandchildren: Katie Hicks and Sophie Hicks of Omaha, AJ Hicks of Lincoln, Allie Calverley and Kaitlin Calverley of Boise.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Allison and Florence Hicks.
Lee leaves a legacy of many years of ministry, teaching and touching so many lives and being a beacon of light for many, searching for God in their lives.