Echevarria, Louie

Mikel Chertudi
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Boise, ID
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Louie was born in Aulestia, Bizkaia on 15 March 1936 to José Manuel Echevarria and Florentina Aramburu.  His family owned a little store on the first floor of their house.  Louie, his mother, his brother, and his sister came to Parma, Idaho in 1952 to join his father, who had been working with sheep in Emmett and Nyssa.

Not inclined to sit behind a desk, Louie left Parma High School his senior year to join the Navy.  He wanted to see the world and learn a trade, and the Navy afforded him that opportunity.  Louie served as an engineer in the engine room of the USS Hornet, an aircraft carrier, from 1957 to 1959.

When he returned from the Navy, Louie followed an old dream and went to barber school.  After his training, he apprenticed for 18 months and opened a barber shop, which he still owns. 

Louie lives in Boise with his wife, Luise.  They married in 1984 and have been active members of the Boise Basque Center and Basque community.

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Becoming a barber
Reasons for joining Navy
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