This page is dedicated to the memory of trapshooters who have touched our lives while completing theirs. If you know of a fellow trapshooter who has passed, please email us with the name and information so we may post it on the ISTA website.
X.E. (Bus) Durant (90) passed away Aug. 18, 2012, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was born May 11, 1922, in Lewiston, to Xavier and Nellie Durant. Bus married Mary Ellen Ripley in 1949. In 1948, Bus set up a trap range in Pierce and started a long career of trapshooting. Bus served as president of the Camas Prairie Trap Shooting Association in 1962 and 1967 and was past president of both the Orofino and Pierce gun clubs. In 1964, he was elected ATA Western Zone vice president, remaining on the ATA Executive Committee through 1970 while serving four years as vice president, one year as president of the ATA in 1969, and one year as president ex-officio. In 1975, he was appointed to the Central Handicap Committee and he served as chairman of the Handicap Committee for many years while traveling all over the United States to handicap shooters for ATA-registered events. He was ATA president when the organization’s Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1969, and he was enshrined into the hall on Aug. 15, 1989. Bus won many trapshooting awards and was well-known for the time and effort he devoted to trapshooting and for his willingness to help a fellow trapshooter. He participated in many changes to improve the sport, which benefited trapshooters nationwide. He attended the Grand American Trapshoot, held annually in Vandalia, Ohio, every year from 1962 until 2006, a string of 44 consecutive years and a number he was very proud of.
Ned Bishop, 87, of Caldwell, died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at home of natural causes. Ned was a member of the Caldwell Gun Club and a great advocate for the sport and for youth programs which encourages participation and sportsmanship among young shooters.
Floyd William Williams, 76, of Kellogg, Idaho, passed away Oct. 4, 2012. He was born Dec. 22, 1935, in Wardner, Idaho. Floyd was the son of Roland “Rolly” Thomas and Enid Lillian (Furze) Williams. Floyd lived in the Silver Valley all of his life. He married Michael “Mike” Bening on Nov. 8, 1958. Floyd co-owned and operated Dick and Floyds Bar in Kellogg for 45 years. Floyd was a member of the Kellogg Elks, a member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Shriners, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, a lifetime member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association and a member of the Ducks Unlimited. Floyd loved and enjoyed his family and spoiling his grandchildren, trap shooting, hunting, fishing and reloading shot shells. Important to Floyd, was his love of children; he was a mentor to many children and provided for them the opportunity to hunt, fish and trap shoot.
Thomas W. Scott, 72, died April 21, 2013. He enjoyed competitive shooting and was an active member in the Caldwell Gun Club.
Charlie Woodruff, 71, a long time trapshooter, died Thursday May 30 from complications related to diabetes. Charlie’s shooting career began in 1965 on the Three Rivers trap team in Central New York State, where he began shooting registered targets in 1969. While in New York he made the All State Second Team once and honorable mention twice. Charlie reached the 27 yard line three times, the last time in the 1980’s and he shot from there the remainder of his life. He won trapshooting events in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Quebec before moving to Idaho in 1995. From the time of his arrival to Idaho Charlie was recognized as an excellent trapshooter. Russ Westerberg noted that “Charlie hadn’t been in Idaho long before trapshooters began to notice a little guy with thick glasses and a well used Browning shotgun along with a yellow Labrador named Bummer. The one thing that changed in the years since he moved to the west was he became known as a friend.”
By any description, including his own, Charlie was a man of modest means. Yet, he never hesitated to share what he had with friends of strangers alike. An ever present personality at the Boise Gun Club, Charlie was quick to make a visitor from out of town feel welcome or coach a new shooter, and was vigilant in watching for and politely correcting unsafe gun handling anywhere at the club.
The list of trophies earned by Charlie was staggering. He was consistently noted to be a top winner in the Idaho State shoot as will out of state winner in other states such as Oregon, Utah and Montana. Charlie completed the Grand Slam in 2004 with that 100 at the Utah State Handicap Championship. Charlie was on the Idaho State first or second teams for 15 straight years. At the Grand American he represented Idaho three times in the Champion of Champion event.
Charlie was honored by being inducted into the Idaho Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 2008. Trapshooting friends collectively had a great deal of respect for Charlie as he pursued his quiet but impactful life. Charlie will be missed by many and will always be remembered for quietly setting a standard for trapshooting and sportsmanship.