Donald Lawrence Terry

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“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven:”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

On Sunday, April 9, 2017 Donald Lawrence Terry passed away in his Ririe home. He was the youngest of ten children and was born on February 2, 1932 in Stevensville, MT to Minnie and William G. Terry. Don grew up in Three Mile, MT and often spoke fondly of his many adventures as a child exploring the Bitterroot Valley with his dog by his side. He was a master storyteller. He kept us all entertained with tales about subjects ranging from the supernatural to the mundane.

Don attended school in Stevensville, MT and participated in many sports. He was especially proud to have been on the football team that twice won the Montana state championship. It was in high school that he met his lifelong love, Grace Bear. Gracie said that the first time she saw Don he was in the school office getting “bawled out” by the principal for skipping school in order to go hunting. Don and Grace soon became an item and had wonderful times together. They were adventurous and besides the usual thirty-five cent dinner and a movie they did things like hitchhike to Lolo to go dancing or visit Missoula for the day. Don was drafted in the Army and served honorably in the Korean War with the 189th FA as a Field Artilleryman. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Prior to deploying for war, Don married the love of his life, Grace Bear June 6, 1952 at Monterey, CA. It was then that Gracie led him to Jesus Christ and as such they are “together again” for all eternity with their Savior.

When Don returned from his service in Korea he and Grace lived with family in Stevensville. In the winter of 1954 they had a beautiful little girl, Dawnie. Through his brother, Don was hired at the site in Idaho. Don continued to work at the INEL as a boiler operator for 40 years. The addition of two more little girls, Susi and Jeanne, made buying a house a necessity and in 1958 the family bought their “dream home” in Ririe. Don and Grace added three more children Julie, Bill, and Annie to their family and taught us all to be honorable people.

Don was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to camp and hunt, but his true passion was for fly fishing. He was an expert at tying flies and would bring home live specimens to study in order to make his flies as realistic as possible. Don loved to share his knowledge of fly fishing and was eager to impart technical secrets and fly choices to any who asked. He was completely unselfish and often gave flies away to friends and coworkers. There was never a time in Don’s life that he didn’t have a dog. He loved his animals and trained them to be incredible hunters. He was especially proud of his dog Rebel who he declared to be the best hunting dog that had ever lived.

Don will be sorely missed. He leaves behind six children, Dawnie (Jerry) Judd of Idaho Falls; Susi (Mike) MacConnel of Idaho Falls; Jeanne (Joe) Holland of Rigby; Julie (Scott) Ueckert of Idaho Falls; Bill (Wendy) Terry of Schertz, TX; Anna (Gavin) Blackburn of Belgrade, MT along with 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his beloved wife Grace, his parents, three brothers and six sisters.

Services were held at the Ririe-Shelton Cemetery on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 11:00a.m.

Our family would like to give special thanks to all of Dad’s friends at the Idaho Kidney Center for their many years of care and to Aspen Home Health and Hospice particularly Julie and Janel for answering all our questions and making a very difficult time a little easier to bear.

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