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Carol Posted - Aug 25 2022 : 1:52:37 PM
We're very sad to inform you that MaryJane's husband, Nick, passed away this last weekend.

Nick Ogle, Obituary

Nicholas Keith Ogle was born in Gritman Hospital in Moscow, Idaho, on November 3, 1950, to Ivan James Ogle and Ruth Evelyn Morton Ogle, fourth of their four children. He died in Gritman on August 21, 2022, his wife and children by his side, from metastatic prostate cancer, diagnosed in 2017, that eventually triggered a fatal bout of pneumonia. An organ-donor advocate, his corneas have already given sight to two people.

Nick grew up on the family farm in the Blaine Community, driving tractors and doing fieldwork from the age of 10. As an adult, he served as the unofficial mayor of Blaine, maintaining the one-room schoolhouse where his aunts, uncles, and neighbors attended school.

His motherís sister, Alberta Morton Phillips, was the school organist and eventually became the top academic-achieving student (and only woman) accepted into the University of Idaho College of Law in 1938. Nick grew up in a farm kitchen with a wood cookstove and hand-crank wall phone that used telephone lines installed by his father and nearby neighbors, who also used horse-drawn equipment to plow and maintain the county roads surrounding the once-thriving community of Blaine.

In 4-H, Nick raised chickens and lambs and learned about electricity. As a teenager, he was active in FFA. A man of expansive interests, he was plowing through Jansonís voluminous History of Art book prior to his death. Known for being thrifty and making do and capable of repairing anything mechanical, his true love was digging in the dirt with heavy equipment. As a child, he and his sister spent hours on a dirt bank in their horse pasture, building roads and digging caves for their toy trucks and soldiers. As an adult, he used his tractor to accomplish the same things but on a much larger scale, building roads, digging ditches, plowing snow, and without hesitation, pulling out the cars of neighbors and strangers alike who got stuck in snowdrifts or ditches. Schooled in the era of the neighborly hand wave and handshake, his word was his bond.

Nick graduated from Moscow High School in 1969 and attended the University of Idaho for two years, where he met his first wife (now Susan Ryan Irvin of Moscow). After living in Boise, they moved back to Blaine to work on the family farm in 1974. Sons Samuel and Brian were born and raised there. After his divorce, he married MaryJane Butters. During their 30 years together, they created a diverse farm enterprise that includes a mail-order organic food business; an outdoor B&B; a small dairy; the Pay Dirt Farm School; a 115-acre native prairie and pollinator sanctuary; and MaryJanesFarm magazine, now in its 23rd year of publication. Employing their adult children and spouses, friends, and neighbors, their union and endeavors were immortalized in a 1995 National Geographic feature called ďA Farming Revolution.Ē

Like his mother, who volunteered for many years at Gritman, Nick was active in his community, serving on the board of the Pea and Lentil Commission and the Moscow Food Co-op. Nick took on whatever responsibility life handed him, including being the primary caregiver for his parents in their final years. He met every challenge with composure; determination; and a steady, easy-going nature and is a hero and role model to his family and countless employees who have worked with him. To know Nick was to love Nick.

Nick is survived by his wife, MaryJane Butters; his children, stepchildren, and grandchildren, Samuel Blaine (Natsue) Ogle and son Ryo, Hachiochi City, Japan; Brian Grant (Ashley) Ogle, and daughters Adria and Alina, Moscow; Megan Butters (Lucas) Rae and children Stella, Mia, and Tristan Nicholas, Moscow; Emil (Kate) McCarthy and children Frank and Edith, Rathdrum, Idaho; and siblings Joan (William) Nelson, Layton, Utah; Richard (Carol) Ogle, Houston, Texas; Sandra (John) Cruise, Boise, Idaho; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews in the Moscow area and around the world.

A memorial service will be held at the Blaine schoolhouse at a date yet to be determined once Japanís Covid restrictions are lifted, allowing son Samís reentry to Japan after traveling to the U.S.

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amyartgirl Posted - Nov 10 2023 : 11:32:56 AM
I have been off the group for a number of years and just seeing this too. Mary Jane, so sorry to hear of his passing. Much love to you and your family #10084;#65039;
tigger9777 Posted - Jan 15 2023 : 11:40:12 PM
Although I posted my condolences earlier, I just wanted to add that I really think the latest magazine has such wonderful and thoughtful tributes to Nick. What treasured memories were shared with all of us. May you continue to heal.
Hugs #129730;

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sharikrsna Posted - Jan 06 2023 : 4:06:37 PM
So very sorry to hear this! I just now read about it in the magazine. I cried. Nick was an amazing person, and will be missed. Much love to MaryJane and family.

HollerGirl56 Posted - Jan 05 2023 : 2:38:14 PM
I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband. No words can tell you how I feel---just know I care and will think of you and pray for you.

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naturemaiden Posted - Jan 05 2023 : 05:11:34 AM
MaryJane I am so sorry for your loss.

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jpbluesky Posted - Nov 30 2022 : 11:17:54 AM
Just now read of Nick's passing. I am sorry to read about it, and very impressed on the life he led and his family history in Moscow, Idaho. May your coming holidays be blessed with a peace that passes all understanding. And thank you, MAryJAne for sharing with all of the farmgirls about your farm in MOscow. You have touched many lives and improved many lives. Your husband had a life well lived.

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Nancy Joplin Posted - Nov 29 2022 : 3:48:45 PM
Very sorry for your loss! Sorry that this is late in coming. . .I have been out of touch for a while.

countrygrace Posted - Nov 19 2022 : 12:44:08 PM
So sorry for your loss MaryJane & Family
Your in my thoughts & prayers

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Marcy Posted - Nov 07 2022 : 09:45:32 AM
I haven't been on in a few months, so I just saw this. I am so very sorry for your loss. Will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.


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ceejay48 Posted - Oct 16 2022 : 7:55:23 PM
Oh Mary Jane, my dear friend, Brian and Megan and family. I'm so very sorry to hear this news, so sorry! I will be praying for all of you and thinking of how dear you all are to me. I'm so grateful I was able to meet Nick when Robin and I visited your Outpost B&B in July 2011.

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tigger9777 Posted - Oct 16 2022 : 2:49:43 PM
I am very late in seeing this post. I am so sorry to hear of Nick passing. Sending you lots of thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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ceridwen Posted - Oct 11 2022 : 07:14:28 AM
I am so sorry to read this. Please accept my deepest condolences. I too did not expect to read this.

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Cissik Posted - Sep 22 2022 : 2:31:24 PM
My sadness does not match yours and your family's. You are in my thoughts and I'm sending a lot of hugs and kisses your way.

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jmpiercy Posted - Sep 18 2022 : 3:59:43 PM
Mary Jane and family, I am so sorry to learn of Nick's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish your wonderful memories.

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HealingTouch Posted - Sep 16 2022 : 8:44:52 PM
Mary Jane and family, I am so sorry and saddened for your loss. May comfort, peace and precious memories sustain you as you navigate forward. Prayers and love to all of you.

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Daizy Posted - Sep 10 2022 : 3:06:30 PM
Oh no. I am so sorry Mz Mary Jane. My prayers go out to you and your family and friends. May he rest in peace and may you also find peace. Tight sister hugs, Daizy.

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darlenelovesart Posted - Sep 08 2022 : 6:31:51 PM
I am so sorry to hear this MaryJane!
My prayers go up for you and your family
Sending hugs your way!

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AndreaPA Posted - Sep 02 2022 : 4:12:37 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers.

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jillyd Posted - Sep 01 2022 : 10:23:07 PM
So sorry for the loss of your husband, MaryJane. Sending hugs to MaryJane and the family!

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AussieChick Posted - Aug 31 2022 : 2:13:52 PM
Thinking of you, MaryJane, & praying that you will feel the comfort of family and friends around you at this time.

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Lacey Posted - Aug 29 2022 : 6:17:10 PM
Oh so sad, my heart and prayers goes out to you MaryJane and family.

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texdane Posted - Aug 29 2022 : 5:15:09 PM
I am just seeing this. I am so heartbroken for this beautiful family, for our dear MaryJane and for Megan, Brian and everyone at MJF. MaryJane, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband, and will keep your family in my prayers.

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MaryJanesNiece Posted - Aug 29 2022 : 1:17:18 PM
Iím so sorry for your loss Auntie MJ. He will be missed by so many. I still have many memories of him from my childhood. Many hugs to you and the rest of the family. I wish I could be there for real ones.

Killarney Posted - Aug 28 2022 : 7:26:47 PM
What a beautiful Farm life story.
My thoughts and prayers are with Mary Jane and all of Nicks family.

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treelady Posted - Aug 28 2022 : 3:48:24 PM
My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family Mary Jane. May the memories surround you and grant you comfort.

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