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Jill Bryson

Jill Bryson

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
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JILL C. BRYSON OBITUARY

Jill was impatient even before birth and joined her mother Lee and Ambrose Coghill Cramer, III, two months early on January 23, 1949. She has an older brother, Carl B. Cramer, and her two wonderful nieces, Chloe Cramer-Percox and Morgan Cramer-Babcock, as well as their children.

Growing up in Santa Barbara, California, was ideal for Jill. Jill’s parents divorced when she was 16. Thereafter, she and her mother moved to Princeton, New Jersey, then Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where Jill finished high school. Returning to the West Coast after she graduated from high school, Jill attended and graduated from UC Berkeley at the height of exciting times.

Jill met Kevin Bryson in Oakland, California, where he attended California College of Arts & Crafts. They were married on August 23, 1972, and moved to Hailey, Idaho, with an Irish Wolfhound puppy and a jewelry studio. With time, more and more Irish Wolfhounds joined the family and as Jill often said, “Although we didn’t plan it, we went to the dogs!” Kevin worked as a custom jeweler, was a well-respected action photographer, and long weekends were spent capturing dog events on camera. Kevin later became a caretaker for a fabulous estate. Jill went to work for Dr. Bob Beede, DVM, and later Dr. Randy Acker, DVM, Sun Valley Animal Center. Jill later went to work in Bellevue for Dr. Mark Acker, DVM, at the Sawtooth Animal Center. She always said she had the best job in the world as a veterinary technician for over forty years. During this time, Jill also earned a degree as a licensed canine rehabilitation technician and we have her to thank for Dr. Randy Acker’s therapy and rehabilitation services that are available. These Clinics became her family.

With the encouragement of Dr. Mark and Barb Acker, Jill taught pet dog agility behind the Sawtooth Animal Clinic. They sure had fun!

Jill was involved in the American Sighthound Field Association lure coursing since the late 1980s. She and her husband, Kevin, were two of six individuals who were the driving force behind the establishment of the Southern Idaho Sighthound Field Association (SISFA). They bought property for the club to hold trials in Emmett, Idaho. She was a tireless promoter of lure coursing in the West, often driving 14 hours to Colorado to help out with International Invitationals and Grand Nationals. She helped introduce lure coursing to at least two generations of new coursers and was always ready to share her experience and knowledge and to mentor huntmasters and other field committee positions.

Jill was actively involved with her breed, Irish Wolfhounds. She was a member of the parent club, the Rocky Mountain Irish Wolfhound Association (RMIWA), the Irish Wolfhound Association West Coast (IWAWC), and the Northern California Irish Wolfhound Association (NCIWA). Her passion was to see the hounds run and she supported other owners by making Irish Wolfhound coursing blankets and dog bed covers. Until his death on June 6, 1999, Jill and Kevin were Leaping Lizards Action Photography traveling and taking pictures of coursing hounds. Jill’s outgoing personality, infectious good nature, and willingness to help out in any situation made her a welcome addition to a trial and an outstanding ambassador for the sport of lure coursing.
Jill was given the Gary Forrester Award by the American Sighthound Field Association in 2014. The purpose of the Gary Forrester Achievement Award is to recognize individuals who emulate Gary’s commitment to lure coursing. Jill Bryson’s contributions made her eminently worthy of this recognition.

Jill said to tell you, “Thank you everyone; I cannot imagine having had a better time all due to my friends and their dogs. Love, Jill.”

At Jill’s request, there will be no memorial service. If you would like to make a donation to a fund that helps local pets, you can donate to the “Mary Hughes Emergency Medical Fund” at Sawtooth Animal Center. This fund is used to provide medical services to pets whose owners cannot afford treatment. Thank you. Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey. www.woodriverchapel.com
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    Location
    Cremation under the care of Wood River Chapel
    Address
    403 N. Main Street
    HAILEY, ID 83333
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Stephen Asher

Posted at 12:50pm
To the family of Jill Bryson
It is perhaps presumptuous of me to write but I hope you will forgive me if you feel so.
I attended Cate School during the turbulent 60’s. As students, we had a distant relationship with most of the masters. For me, the exception was Ambrose Cramer, I assume Jill’s father. He was ever cheerful and remembered the names of those of us who befriended him. In an occasionally difficult school environment. “Rosie” always seemed an island of charity and good will. Although I was never certain why it was only occasionally that I would encounter him striding across the Mesa, I was always glad I had.
In more recent times and as a resident of Idaho, I too became infatuated with dogs, in my case English setters and, in particular, with one of the greats, Ch. Tekoa Mountain Sunrise. I entrusted his care during his long life to Bob Beede, with whom Jill was employed. Although I do not believe we met, I know Dr. Beede well enough to be certain that he would only employ those who shared his compassion and dedication.

I am sorry for your loss.
Sincerely,
Stephen Asher MD
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Posted at 12:53am
Now there was a special person with a gift and lots of love, I'm honored to have had my time with you.
Good and bad, happy and sad, after you find Kevin see if you can find Riley....
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Martha Hollenhorst

Posted at 12:08pm
My husband, Joe Griffin, and I loved Jill. She was so great with animals of all kinds, training and rehabilitating them. She was also so good with their human families, who were often experiencing some of their worst times when she saw them. She had knowledge and understanding and will be missed.
Martha Hollenhorst
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Patty Brothwell

Posted at 10:49am
Such a wonderful soul, gone too soon. You were so admired and you will be missed. Give our fur babies who crossed the rainbow bridge hugs.
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