Passing of MIC Arthur “Art” Frank Easley, 1938-2023

Submitted by Most Illustrious Companion Norman Lane, Grand Recorder, Grand Council of Idaho

Arthur F. Easley
Arthur F. Easley
Most Illustrious Grand Master of Idaho, 2011

Art, 84 from Meridian Idaho passed away quietly in his sleep in the early morning hours of 8 February 2023 after a long battle with prostate and bone cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Lois, their four children, Mike, Logan, Frank and Lori, 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchildren. Art served for 20 years in the United States Navy retiring as a Chief Photographers Mate in 1977. After his time in the Navy, he moved his family from Pensacola Florida to Kimberly Idaho where he took over operation of a small family farm. While farming he attended the College of Southern Idaho and received an Associate Degree in Horticulture. Art served as Twin Falls City Policeman as well as a patrolman in the city of Kimberly. After his time in civil law enforcement he worked for the College of Southern Idaho as the night security supervisor on campus.

Art retired from the College of Southern Idaho in 1995 when his battle with cancer began. He was very active in Masonry, mentoring fellow masons and working on the family farm. In 2008 Art and Lois moved to Boise to be closer to his family and needed healthcare. He served as the Most Illustrious Grand Master for the State of Idaho from 2011 to 2012. Art enjoyed flyfishing, camping and hunting with his family and telling a good fish story. He was the undefeated chess and cribbage champion of the family. He was very active in the youth sports of any community in which he resided coaching and mentoring his kids and thousands of others in basketball, football and baseball. He truly had the heart of a servant for youth and their development. It was rare to see him without his camera at any family or sporting event often to the chagrin of his children. He helped mentor his children and was rather successful in that endeavor.

Mike Easley is a retired Navy Lieutenant, Logan Easley is a Former Professional Major League Baseball player. Frank Easley is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer. Lori Otter is a former Miss Idaho USA and the former First Lady of Idaho.

Fair winds and following seas Chief. We love you and will miss you.

Masonic Bio

Arthur was initiated, passed, and raised at Hollister Lodge No.71, Idaho. Through attrition to membership, Hollister merged with Filer Lodge No. 55, which through attrition was forced to merge with Twin Falls No.45. Arthur is a life member of Twin Falls, and a dual member of Richfield and Meridian Idaho. Arthur is a life member of all York Rite Bodies. He was Royal Arch, Past Excellent High Priest of Gooding, Idaho and Twin Falls, Idaho, when Gooding merged with Twin Falls. He Received the Order of High Priesthood and is the recipient of the Bronze Distinguished Service Award. Past Illustrious Master Twin Falls Council No. 7. He received the Order of the Silver Trowel and is currently The Thrice Illustrious Master. He served as Eminent Commander of Twin Falls Commandery No.10 and is the Eminent Grand Senior Warden of Commandery Knights Templar State of Idaho. He is a member of Columbine Order No.118, Sword of Bunker Hill, Saint Michael Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, Boise, Redemption Tabernacle XL Order of the Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest.; TRI-Valley York Rite College No. 178; Idaho Chapter of Knight’s Preceptor and Recipient of The White Star.; He is a member of The Boise El Korah Shrine (Provost Guard)