The Obit For Bo Elison

Samuel “Bo” Elison

Epting Funeral Home
September 8, 2012


Samuel “Bo” Elison, 70, of Fayetteville, Arkansas died August 30, 2012 at Washington Regional Medical Center of heart complications.

Bo was born June 16, 1942 in Elko, Nevada to Samuel F. Elison, a gold miner, and Lorene Stutsman Elison, a homemaker.

He grew up in Oakley, Idaho helping the family with ranch chores, riding his horse named Sunday, and learning to play baseball and basketball. The family moved to Burley, Idaho where he played ball and completed high school.

After attending Snow College in Utah he was a left handed pitcher in the minor leagues in the Cub Organization as well as the Houston Colt 45’s. He rode bulls and exercised race horses in the off season.

Due to a rotator cuff injury he left baseball and made a career selling sporting goods equipment and assisting companies in developing and marketing their products. He made many friends in the sports field and in business. He was known for telling a good joke and extending his hand in friendship. He rose from salesman to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He formed Elison Sales and Marketing Company. While calling on Wal-Mart he liked Northwest Arkansas enough to make it his permanent home. He was an avid golfer, bowler, and fisherman. He retired in 2002 after a heart attack and stroke.

He traveled the length and depth of the United States and Europe on business. The last 10 years he RV’d across the United States and Canada seeing the beautiful and interesting sites missed while working. He has spent time at the hobby of tooling leather and making wooden buildings and frames.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his daughter Lori Lee.

He is survived by his son; Shane Elison Atkinson, of New Hall, California, and Shane’s two sons; Cole and Trevor, his son Cory Elison of Little Rock, Arkansas, Cory’s son, Torrey Elison, of Bull Shoals, Arkansas, Cory’s daughter; Lindsay Leach. His brother is Jeffrey B. Elison, of Santo, Texas, and his two half-brothers; are Vernon Elison and Tad Elison, of Idaho. Bo also leaves his loving companion of 18 years Nadine Chenault who has been by his side to the end.

Thanks are extended to friends from the Washington Regional Center for Exercise and Sam and Elizabeth Weathers who helped during his last illness.

After cremation by Epting Funeral Home of Fayetteville, the urn will be buried in his mother’s family plot at Antelope Valley Cemetery in Oshkosh, Nebraska. A committal prayer for the family will be held at that time.