Alex Anthony Balles
He was born March 20, 1938, in Gardner, Colo., to Julian Balles and Rose Padilla. He was raised and attended school there until moving to Idaho in 1952 at the age of 13. He lived with family and helped them on the farm until joining the military in 1955.
He served in the Army as a member of the 101st Airborne until returning to Idaho, where he worked various jobs in agriculture and for the Bean Growers Association. In December of 1960, he met and married Valdi Mitchell. In 1966, after much work and sacrifice, he was able to bring his whole family from Colorado to live with him in Filer. In 1977, he began working as a trucker and continued driving truck for 33 years until his retirement in 2010.
Alex will always be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. He loved to hunt, fish and camp and always enjoyed the outdoors. He had a nickname for everybody and always referred to them that way. More than anything, he loved his family and especially spending time with his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
Alex was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Valdi; two brothers; two sisters; a son; a son-in-law; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter. He is survived by 11 siblings; his children, Kathie (Tom) Fisher, Marilyn (Larry) Fisher, Brenda (Stacey) Blood, Travis Alexander (Lori) Balles, Brandie (Waylon) Greco and Amber (Bryan Exon) Balles; as well as 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his lifelong friend, Alex Brito; and his best friend and brother-in-law, Troy Mitchell.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Filer Baptist Church, with burial to follow at the Filer Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at White Mortuary “Chapel by the Park” in Twin Falls. The service will be officiated by Pastor Scotty Brown and under the direction of funeral director Lance Cox