Earlier today I received word that Jeff Harder had died on Saturday 7th August.

Jeff was a designer and creative director at Forstel for more than 15 years before entering the freelance world in 2017. Prior to Foestel, he was an art director at Creative Source International / Aspen Marketing, and before that he was a graphic designer at Typographics in Hailey. .

Here is an excerpt from his recently released obituary:


Jeffrey James Harder
May 24, 1967 – August 7, 2021

BOYES, Idaho – Jeffrey James Harder: Beloved husband, number one son, funny brother, caring uncle, faithful friend, talented artist, home fixer-upper, snappy dresser, lover of things with wheels, family dies at home on Saturday, August 7 By love

He was an artist in every sense of the word. The first sign of seeing this was how he put his lagos together which ended up on paper when he first grabbed a pencil. In fact, his first-grade teacher called Jeff’s mother and asked if the drawing of a truck he had submitted as an assignment was really done by first grade. Throughout his life, his talent has come through everything.

Jeff and Barbara Harder were born on May 24, 1967, in Sacramento, California. After moving to Los Angeles, the family moved to Boise, Idaho in 1972. He spent his childhood riding bikes in Delsar ice cream, traveling the streets. Her father’s Orange Chevy K5 blazer, skiing in Bogus Basin and Baldy, hanging out with friends, goat farm, lettuce sandwiches and lots of doodling. But nothing was so impressive when she entered the English class at Meridian High School in 1982 wearing only the gray jacket of her gray member and caught the eye of a beautiful blonde who would turn into the love of her life, Pam Heiken. They dated throughout high school and kept in touch while studying at Palm Boyce State University, and Jeff moved to Illinois to study at Columbia College Chicago, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. Jeff and Pam were married in March 1993 at the Trail Creek cabin in San Valley. They lived and worked in Ketchum, Jeff worked for a design agency in Hailey and worked for the Palm Sun Valley Company. Those years in the Sun Valley will forge a bond with the area that began as Jeff’s childhood and will continue for the couple throughout their lives. They returned to Boise in 1996, eventually settling in a house of their choice in Boise Foothills, and were in the midst of rebuilding. The couple befriended wherever they went, their contagious smile when they were together was not only contagious but was central to family dinners and holidays. They often travel from Montana to Mexico to New York with friends and family, creating memories of their 28-year-old love story.


Condolences to Jeff’s family, friends and all who knew him.

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