Friday, September 18, 2009

Andrew Lovell

Andrew will always be remembered for his sense of responsibility and his enduring love for his family and friends.

Andrew, age 30, was born in Hailey, Idaho, on April 9, 1979, and graduated from Wood River High School with the class of 1997.

Andrew had a strong work ethic and worked several jobs before joining the Army as an infantry/security soldier. He served in many locations, including South Korea. During his time in the army he achieved many certificates, awards and medals.

In 2004 Andrew decided to fulfill a dream of becoming a Harley Davidson Technician. He moved to Phoenix and attended MMI where he graduated with a 3.5 GPA and perfect attendance. He then relocated back to Twin Falls and worked at Snake Harley Davidson where he achieved expert technician status.

During this time he joined the Idaho National Guard as an infantry solder. He was deployed to Louisiana for the hurricane Katrina disaster, aiding in the security of locals. He loved to be in the center of the action and help anyone in need. While in Louisiana he decided to make a career change and become a law enforcement officer. He began working towards his associates of applied science in law enforcement in 2006. He achieved this in a year and graduated from College of Southern Idaho in 2007. He had a GPA of 3.4 and was on the dean's list. During this time his mother Kathy passed away. She was his rock and the loss devastated Andrew and he began to suffer from depression.

His first job as an officer was with Gooding Police Department where he was a patrol officer. He was very loyal to the badge and took his job very seriously. He left Gooding in 2008 to become a full-time reserve officer for the Jerome County Sheriff's Department.

Andrew had many hobbies and talents. His greatest hobby and love was Harley Davidson motorcycles. He belonged to the Iron Warriors motorcycle club, which consists of policemen and firefighters. He had many great brothers and sisters in the club and he loved it with all his heart. I know he will miss each and every one of you.

Andrew and his family belonged to Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church where they were baptized and Andrew and Joyia renewed their vows together with their children at Easter 2009. He loved Saint Edward's and made many close friendships.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Joyia Lovell; two children, Jaden Andrew Lovell and Jayleen Rose Lovell; father, Thomas Lovell; brother, Scott Lovell, and his wife, Jenny; brother, Paul Lovell, and sister, Jennifer Henderson, and her husband, Scott; nephew, Garret Lovell, and niece, Madison Lovell.

We are saddened that you were taken away so soon, but feel hopeful you are able to find the peace you so desperately needed. Your passing was unexpected and blameless. You are a good man, but your depression distracted you from being the father and husband you strove to be. In the end nothing will strip that from you. We will forever remember your beautiful smile, big laugh, bear hugs and especially the love you had for your wife and children. We wish you peace and comfort knowing you will no longer suffer. We love you!

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 161 Sixth Ave. E. in Twin Falls, with Father Michael St. Marie celebrating. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Hailey Cemetery in Hailey with military honors by the Idaho National Guard.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to a trust fund set up for Andrew's wife and children at the US Bank. Contributions may be given to funeral chapel staff or dropped off at any US Bank. Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.

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