Manuel M Silva

October 3, 1931 ~ July 8, 2020 (age 88)


Manuel Maximiamo Silva 

October 3,1931 ~ July 8,2020


Manuel was born to Joáo and Izabel da Silva at their home in Faja dos Vimes, Sao Jorge, Portugal on October 3, 1931. He was the middle of three children. He met the love of his life in the small village of Faja dos Vimes and were married November 13, 1958.

For the next eleven years he and Olinda made a beautiful life in Faja dos Vimes. He worked hard milking and making cheese. He started his herd first with a goat and then growing into cows. He eventually got a donkey to carry his milk and cheese into town. During this time, he and Olinda had seven children, but unfortunately had to bury two young daughters, Isabelle and Adalina. 

Manuel had a desire for a better life and looked to America for that. In 1970 he, Olinda, and their five children moved to Merced, CA. For the next twelve years they lived in California and had three more children. In 1982 Manuel moved his family to Buhl, Idaho with the hope of owning his own Dairy cows again. Shortly after moving to Buhl his hope became a reality with Silva Dairy, teaching his sons all they needed to know to be successful Dairymen.  

Manuel and Olinda attended Immaculate Conception Church in Buhl, Idaho where they co-founded the Portuguese Hall (IDES). There he made lifelong friendships celebrating their heritage together. 

Manuel was preceded in death by his parents, Joáo and Izabel da Silva; his wife, Olinda Silva; and daughters, Isabelle and Adalina Silva. 

Manuel is survived by his older sister, Maria A. da Silva of Portugal; brother, Joe da Silva of Canada;  children, Manuel (Rosa) Silva, John (Kathy) Silva, Isabel (Frank) Bettencourt, Eilo (Lori) Silva, Joe (Lucelia) Silva, Max (Charle) Silva, Tony Silva, and David (Denise) Silva; grandchildren Andrea, Cindy, Steve Silva, Frank (Lindsey) and Stephanie Bettencourt, Michael (Jessica) Silva, Maria (Avery) Wilkinson, Brooke (Matt) Potvin, Devin (Marisa), Jamin, Kynadi, Thomas, Felipe, Isabel Silva, Jayd (Joee), Cheynce, Mechelle, Gage, Eric, and Clay Silva, Mariah, Anthony Silva, Averee, Austin, Andrew Silva; great-grandchildren, Shane Silva, Paige, Bettencourt, Ava Silva, Payton Potvin, Brecken, Brylie Silva, Leif, Scarlette Silva. 

In lieu of flowers donations in Manuel’s name can be made to:

IDES, PO Box 131, Buhl, ID 83316

We would like to give a special thanks to Heritage Home Health and Hospice, for all their love and kindness they showed us during the loss of our parents. An extra special thanks to Michelle and Bayliegh for going above and beyond for our parents’ comfort.  

A viewing for Manuel will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Farmer Funeral Chapel, 130 9th Ave North, Buhl.

A graveside service will be held 12:30 pm, Friday, July 17, 2020 at West End Cemetery, 1574 East 4150 North, Buhl.

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July 16, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Farmer Funeral Chapel
130 9th Ave N
Buhl, ID 83316

Graveside Service
July 17, 2020

12:30 PM
West End Cemetery
1574 East 4150 North
Buhl, Idaho 83316

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