ROSS CAPAWANA Ross J. Capawana, 74, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, in San Diego, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ross was born Dec. 30, 1938, in Los Angeles, to Salvatore and Mary (DiGanci) Capawana. He graduated from John Burroughs High School in Burbank in 1956 and then proudly served his country in the U.S. Army
during the Korean War
. He went on to earn his bachelor degree in education at California State University and married Linda Lou Marshall in 1961. They had two sons and later divorced in 1974. Ross was an accomplished man. He spoke three languages, was a builder and an inventor. He started the international company, Capco Enterprises, in 1975. He held many patents on the machinery he invented and traveled the world with his business. His hobbies included collecting and restoring vintage motorcycles, cars, helicopters and airplanes. One of his many accomplishments was restoring a jet helicopter used in the Vietnam War
. Ross brought together the pilots, passengers and history as part of the restoration. The event was documented in a short film titled, "Vietnam Helicopter Heroes." The helicopter was later donated to the Collings Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of historic aircraft. He married Judith Diane Griffin in 1980 and they worked side-by-side as the success of their business evolved. He stayed close to his two sons, both of whom at times worked for his company. Ross was able to teach them metal design and fabrication, gifts which have served them both throughout their lives. Ross and Judy moved to Sandpoint, Idaho in 1999, where he loved flying his planes, traveling, fishing and boating with his family. He was a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sandpoint. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ross was a devoted family man and is survived by his loving wife, Judy Capawana of Sandpoint; brother, Craig Capawana of Anaheim, Calif.; son, Brad (Debbie) Capawana of Moscow, Idaho; four grandchildren, Jamie (Afton), Stephanie, Michael and Joe; son, Jeff Capawana of Las Vegas; Ross's former wife, Linda Kaufman of Las Vegas; sisters-in-law, Jane (Bob) Lindsay of Boise, Iaho, and Janet Ham of Indianapolis; niece, Jenna Lindsay; nephews, Ryan (Laura) Lindsay and Andy (Jenny) Noble and their sons, Luke and Andrew. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 7960 W. Northview St., Boise. Military rites and interment will follow at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Lakeview Funeral Home, 301 Olive Ave., Sandpoint, ID 83864, (208) 263-3180 is handling the arrangements. Please visit Ross's online memorial at www.lakeviewfuneral.com
and sign his guest book.