Tuesday, June 1, 2010

In Memorium, Don Hale 1947-2010


Don Hale Close-Up, originally uploaded by IdFarmBureau.

Blackfoot--Longtime Farm Bureau leader and farming icon Don E Hale, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2010.

He was born December 27, 1947, in Blackfoot, the son of Ezra Foss and Grace Belnap Hale. Don lived most of his life in the Groveland area where wrestled, played ball, farmed, raised a family, and served his church and community faithfully. Don attended school at Groveland Elementary and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1967. He attended Idaho State University. Don served an LDS mission in the East Atlantic States Mission.

Don was a High Priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had many callings and served in many capacities.
Don served as watermaster on 4 local canals and as a member of the Committee of Nine, two years as chairman. He was the founding President of the Idaho Hay and Forage Association, where he worked many hours to get it off the ground. He served on the board of Directors for the Bingham County Farm Bureau and several canal companies. He was known as the “Hay Man” at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.

He established himself as an expert in the areas of alfalfa hay quality, cattlemanship, and crop irrigation including local water issues. Don’s expertise was sought by state media and politicians, including the Governor. He influenced key water legislation in the State of Idaho.

Don is survived by his wife, Judith Ann, two brothers Arvel and Dan, and his sister Julia, his eight daughters; Samantha Hale, Georgia (Russ) Seymour, Jackie (Todd) Bjornberg, Hollie (David) Blaker, Rebecca Hale, Andrea (Chris) Dixon, MaryJo (Jared) Mendenhall, Jennifer (Nathan) Godfrey, and one son Fred (Wendi) Hale, and 30 grandchildren.

He is joining his parents Grace and Ezra Hale, his sisters Ella and MaryAnn, his brother Bill and son, Ezra with his Father in Heaven.
Don will be missed as a Husband, Father, Brother, Son, Uncle, Cousin, Coach and Friend to all he leaves behind.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 2 at the Rose LDS church, on Rose Road, at 2 p.m.

Don will be missed greatly by the Farm Bureau, and the hundreds of fellow farmers lucky enough to call him friend.

1 comment:

Linda Montgomery said...

So sorry to learn of Don's passing. He contributed a great deal to the world as it is today. We enjoyed visiting at the Farm Bureau meetings and having a chance to share mutual concerns. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Carl and Linda Montgomery

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