ASHTON — Gilbert "Gib" Dale Christiansen, 70, of Ashton, died Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center of natural causes.
He was born May 9, 1937, in Marysville to Leonard John and Bessie Leone Gilbert Christiansen. He attended school in Ashton and graduated from North Fremont High School in 1956.
He joined the National Guard as a junior in high school. He was called into active duty during the Cuban Missile crisis. He was honorably discharged in 1962.
He married Faye Louise Jones on December 18, 1958, in Ashton. They made their home in Marysville. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for local construction and logging companies. He loved camping with his family and hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his wife, Faye, of Marysville; children, Debby (Alan) Smith of Rexburg, L.J. (Glenda) Christiansen of Marysville, Bart Christiansen of Marysville, Rochelle (David Bradshaw) Christiansen of Rigby; siblings, Doris Rich of Burley, Jim (Louetta) Christiansen of Idaho Falls, Bob (Lila) Christiansen of Aberdeen, Marla (Howard) Swafford of Aloha, Oregon, Carol (Bill) Farris of Marina, Arizona; ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Utawna Christiansen; and brothers, Neal Christiansen, Don Christiansen, Delano Christiansen.
Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, at the Ashton Third Ward LDS Chapel, with Bishop Kevin Stevens officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Baxter Funeral Home, 717 Main Street, in Ashton, and Wednesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Pineview Cemetery
with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 89.
Marvin J. (Marv) Heinrich
ISLAND PARK - Marvin J. (Marv) Heinrich, 86, passed away Friday, May 30, 2008, at his home in Rupert, of natural causes. Marv has had a second home on Mocassin Lane in Island Park for 22 years.
He was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Holstein, Neb., the son of Frank Heinrich and Mary Ann Halbmaier Heinrich. He was raised in Nebraska and graduated from Wood River High school in 1939. He moved to Idaho in 1941, where he met and later married Helen Ruth Gee on Feb. 14, 1942. They lived in Twin Falls before moving to Rupert in 1959, and to that union were born Lynn Heinrich and LaDawne Heinrich. Marv enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and served in World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a sergeant. Ruth passed away in 1998. Marv married Lillian Bellem in 2000.
Marvin worked at various places, including Mountain States Implement and Four Season Supply. He retired from Cameron Sales. He was a past member of the Moose Lodge in Twin Falls, where he received the Pilgrim Degree of the Loyal Order of the Moose. He was a member of the Rupert Elks and a retired volunteer fireman. He was also a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and served with the Knights of Columbus.
Marvin's greatest enjoyment was when he had a fishing pole in his hand. Whether at his summer home at Island Park, their winter getaway in Arizona, or at home in Rupert, Marv could be found fishing. On the day he passed away, he spent the day fishing with Lillian and was extremely proud of a three-pound trout he caught that day and bragged about it to many of his friends. His favorite Island Park fishing water was the reservoir.
Marvin is survived by his second wife, Lillian; one son, Lynn (Eva) Heinrich of Island Park; one daughter, LaDawne (Dwight) Comfort of Meridian; a sister-in-law, Virginia Heinrich of Wood River, Neb.; and by 11 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren as well as the extended Bellem family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents; one brother; two sisters; and a great-great-granddaughter.
A Mass of Christian Burial was be celebrated Thursday, June 5, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Rupert. Burial was at the Rupert Cemetery, with Elks and veteran's ceremonies.
The family suggests memorials me made to the American Cancer Society, Boise Office, 2676 Vista Avenue, Boise, ID. 83705.
Robert Byron Burnham goes fishing in Paradise
September 28, 1919 - Gone Fishing - July 11, 2008
OGDEN, Utah — Burnham, a longtime Island Park summer resident, passed away peacefully among family members in the early morning hours of Friday, July 11, 2008.
Bob was born in Ogden to George and Edna Bateman Burnham. He was oldest of three children. Bob was the father of two sons and seven stepchildren. He was home schooled for the first three years in Park Valley, Utah. He was a member of the first graduating class from the newly built Ogden High School (1938). As a member of the Greatest Generation he grew up in the Depression and worked with his father hauling timber from the mountains east of Ogden. He obtained his Associates Degree from Weber Junior College and studied at Utah State University. He valued education and encouraged his children to get as much education as they could. His own studies were interrupted by World War II. He was proud to serve as a sergeant in the US Marine Corps. “Once a Marine Always a Marine.”
Bob worked for the US Postal Service, beginning as a substitute mail carrier and retiring in 1976 as Assistant Postmaster of the Ogden Post Office in charge of finance and personnel.
In 1941, he married Muriel Louise Messerly in Ogden, Utah. She passed away in 1967. He married Emmy Lou Kent-Barnes in 1969.
He was a member of the LDS Church and served in the Bonneville Park Ward bishopric and as a scout leader.
He could catch fish when no one else could. Bob knew the Blacksmith Fork River extremely well. He loved the Henry’s Fork and lived on its banks in Island Park after retirement. He studied entomology in college. This served him well as a superb fly fisherman. Not only did he know and understand the ways of the trout, but he understood the very food they ate. His only known attempt at journal keeping involved recording the date and time of day of his numerous fishing trips, the cloud cover, water conditions, air temperature, and kinds of insect hatches. He personally tied his own flies and supplied his children and many friends, including fellow fishermen he may have just met on the river, with his feathered and threaded works of art.
Dad hunted every big and upland game animal in the intermountain region. He was an excellent marksman with rifles, shotguns, and archery. Dad horse-packed through the back country of Yellowstone Park many times with his friends. Most of all he loved being in the out-of-doors. He loved to share his understanding of God’s creation with those around him.
Dad loved his family. He must have loved his role as father because after raising two sons, he helped Emmy Lou raise her seven children — many through the teenage years. Perhaps Bob’s greatest characteristic was his patience. He never complained. He was honest and counseled his children to “do the right thing.”
He is survived by his wife Emmy Lou, his sister Lavon “Dottie” (Bill) Kelly, two sons Byron (Shirley), Logan; Dean (Debra) Burnham, Thayne, WY; one stepson Bill Barnes, Phoenix, AZ; and five stepdaughters, Diana “Fritzie” (John) Adrian, Layton; Jeannie (Gene) Hathenbruck, Layton; Sandy (Kit) Nield, Layton; Debbie (Rand) Stonehocker, North Ogden; Connie (Joe) Piccolo, Ogden; 22 grandchildren and 22 great-grand children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Walter, his stepson Bruce Barnes and two infant great-grandchildren.
The family thanks the professionals at Manor Care and Pinnacle Hospice for their excellent care and concern.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, July 15 at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd.
Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Road where Military Honors were accorded.
Joel William Galbraith
Joel William Galbraith, age 72, of Miles City passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at the Billings Clinic in Billings, MT.
Joel was born on August 26, 1935 in Kaysville (Salt Lake City), Utah, the first son of Wilma (Mortensen) and Joseph William Galbraith. He attended schools and graduated from Davis High School. Following graduation, he attended the University of Utah in Logan, Utah. Joel married Linda Jeanne McCormick and to this union, they were blessed with two children, a daughter Tamara and a son Joel Bradley. They later divorced. Joel then married Joyce Schmidt who had two children, Jerome (Debbie) Schmidt and Erica Schmidt and they later divorced. Joel worked in quality engineering in the space division of Thiokol for 32 years where he was respected for his honesty and integrity.
After he retired from Thiokol, he started a second career in real estate working for Coldwell Banker-Tugaw Realty where he met Susanne Mentikov-Frost. They married and moved to Fransenville in Island Park where they lived and worked for seven years. Due to health concerns, Joel and Susanne moved to Miles City, Montana where they have since resided.
Joel was a kind considerate person who left a trail of lifelong friends wherever he lived.
Joel is survived by his wife, Susanne Galbraith of Miles City, MT; his children Tamara (Larry) Stewart, and Joel Bradley (Ann) Galbraith, his step children: Lindsay and Derick Frost; his brothers: Joseph Layne and Hemming Lynn Galbraith, grandchildren: Alex Stewart, Marcie Johnson and Kyle Stewart, Jared and Spencer Galbraith, Crystal LaRue; great grandchildren: Bailey LaRue, Robbie, McCormick and Korbin Johnson, Joel and Danielle Schmidt, Robert, Carli and Katy Ore. He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts and uncles and a special grandson, Cortney LaRue.
Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 11:00 am at the Custer County Cemetery
in Miles City. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City has been entrusted with the arrangements. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
ASHTON — Alwyn Nedrow, 90, of Ashton, died Friday, July 18, 2008, at Madison Memorial Hospital of natural causes. He was born October 6, 1917, in Ora, Idaho to Simon Albert and Mamie McBee Nedrow.
He farmed and raised registered Quarter Horses.
He served in World War II in the European Theater. He served with General Patton’s Third Army all through France. He and his unit were in Czechoslovakia at the end of the war. They were involved in liberating several concentration camps. After the war, Alwyn and fellow soldier, Beryl Hall, were assigned the task of helping gather all of the Lippizaner horses that had been scattered by the war. They spent time at the Vienna Riding School, where they put on a Wild West Rodeo.
He married Betty Goebel of Warm River, on July 1, 1942.
Alwyn played in the family band for area dances. He participated in rodeos, often performing with his trick horse, Caruso. He raced many teams in the local chariot races and won several championships. In 1997, he was one of the first inductees into the Eastern Idaho Horseman’s Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was honored as being one of the first breeders of Quarter Horses by the American Quarter Horse Association.
He is survived by his wife Betty of Ashton; daughters, Ann Nedrow of Denver, Colorado, Sharon (Syd) Cato, Gena Nedrow of Ashton; a granddaughter, Bonni (Kevin) Witte of Ephrata, Washington; a sister, Carol (Bob) Marotz Comstock of Ashton; a brother Jim (Dorothy) Nedrow of Ashton; and his special friend and nurse, Laura Pearson of Rexburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Claude, Harold, and Gordon; sisters Mary and Ruth.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2008, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashton, with Deacon Dan Haugen officiating. The family will visit with friends for one hour prior to services at the church. Following the memorial service, military rites will be held at 2 p.m. at the Ashton Pineview Cemetery, conducted by the American Legion Post 89.
Don Salisbury: 1922 - 2008
ISLAND PARK — Last winter, the caldera community lost a great steward of its natural resources. Donald McGilvray Salisbury, longtime summer resident of Henry’s Lake, died of a heart attack in Long Beach, California on February 19, 2008. He was 85.
Don will be laid to rest at noon Saturday, August 9, at the Targhee Cemetery. A luncheon celebration of his life will follow at his home at the ranch. The family would appreciate knowing who is planning to attend.
As steward of the Diamond D Ranch on Hwy. 87, Don created a legacy of conservation that will forever benefit wildlife and people in the Island Park caldera.
Don truly made a difference in the world. He changed the face of sailboat racing, primarily by winning the Honolulu Race in Psyche, the first Cal-40 to do so.
As an engineer and entrepreneur, he helped create products that allowed the U.S.A. to reach the moon and sailboat racers to go faster.
Born September 27, 1922 in Salt Lake City to O.J. Salisbury and Marian McGilvray Salisbury, Don was raised in San Marino, California. He attended San Marino Grammar School, South Pasadena Jr. High School, the Catalina Island School for Boys, the Hill School of Pittsburgh, and the California Institute of Technology. In 1944, he received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma. He served in the Pacific from 1944 to 1946 as an Ensign on the battleship Colorado, and was present at the signature of the armistice in Tokyo.
He married Helen Savory of Pasadena on September 8, 1946. During the early years of marriage, they lived in Pasadena, Seattle, and York, Pennsylvania. In 1958, the family settled in the Salisbury home in San Marino. In 1975, they moved to Long Beach.
Don started his career at the York Refrigeration Company and later joined the Air Research Division of the Garrett Corporation. In 1958 he started a new electronics company, with Victor Olson, to supply the aircraft and space industries with special purpose devices. This grew into a design engineering and manufacturing operation known as Signet Scientific Corporation, which invented and developed several new instrumentation technologies. Signet provided parts to NASA's Mercury and Apollo programs, and later branched into instruments for the sailing industry, as well as flow monitoring equipment. By 1977, all America's Cup competitors had chosen Signet instruments for their yachts. Signet's most revolutionary invention was its paddlewheel design for measuring boat speed and monitoring low-speed flows.
His four sporting passions were fly fishing, duck hunting, tennis, and sailing.
In 1967, Don was Commodore of the Los Angeles Yacht Club, from which he received his 50-year membership flag in January 2008. He also served as Support Craft Chairman for the sailing competition in the 1984 Olympic Games. He was president of the Valley Hunt Club of Pasadena in 1968. He was also a member of the Cruising Club of America, the Transpacific Yacht Club, the O and O Club, La Grulla, and the Henry's Fork Foundation.
Don came to love the Henry's Lake area as a child, spending summers at the Diamond D, which his grandfather, O.J. Salisbury, had purchased in 1902. He fished the local creeks and the Madison, and rode his horse, Stranger, to the Sherwood Store to pick up the mail for the family.
In the 1930's, he and some California friends ran the haying machine and helped with the cows. Meanwhile, his fly-fishing pursuits took him beyond the streams of Idaho and Montana to Washington, Alaska, and California. At age 15, he caught a 6-foot marlin near Florida, and last summer he was still floating the Madison River.
He was fond of dogs and raised and trained many springer spaniels to hunt. His last dog was a sweet-natured black lab called Holly (1995 – 2007).
In the 1950's, he joined a duck hunting club, O and O Club, with several lifelong friends. Nicknamed the Foul Shot Club, it continues to this day organizing social occasions, at which he wore his red McGilvray plaid suit with pride.
Don learned to play tennis at a young age and won many tournaments as a member of the Hill School and Stanford tennis teams. At the Valley Hunt Club, he was seeded at or near the top for many years. He continued to play tennis into his eighties.
At age 11, he sailed with his lifelong friend, Howard Wright. to Catalina Island in a Star boat. Don's first sailboat, a Seafair 32 called Fiesta, was launched in Seattle in 1954. His second boat, Psyche, an early Cal-40 — the largest fiberglass sailboat built at the time — brought home many trophies from coastal races in California and Mexico.
About his greatest sailing victory, winning the 1965 Transpacific Yacht Race to Honolulu in Psyche on corrected time, Don recently reminisced, "We were the oldest crew of all the Cal 40s and other boats in our class. We were all 40 years old. We were sailing against some hotshot younger sailors. However, our doctor, Connie Doran, said not to worry, as the youngsters would stay up all night the first few days and wear themselves out. He was right. Connie often talked about the great feeling of companionship that existed between all six of us. Winning the race was fine, but the memorable part was our mutual respect and friendship for each other."
The crew included Jack Jensen, Cal boat builder, George Griffith, hull design collaborator, Wade Hill and Ben Mitchell, navigator. At the time, no one knew whether a 40-foot fiberglass boat could withstand the winds and seas of blue water racing, but Don and his crew proved the skeptics wrong.
Upon retiring in 1985, Don sold Signet and took charge of the Diamond D Ranch. Throughout many summers, he and Helen welcomed a constant stream of friends and family to share its beauty, while working hard to make it economically sustainable and open to wildlife.
He loved to teach everyone, especially his three children and six grandchildren, about ranching, fishing, sailing, tennis and the history of Henry's Lake.
With help from The Nature Conservancy, the Henry's Fork Foundation and many others, he brought modern conservation practices to the 100-year-old ranch. He adopted a holistic range management program to prevent overgrazing and developed off-stream livestock watering sites to protect stream banks and restore spawning habitat for the rare Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. He served as a trustee of The Nature Conservancy in Idaho from 1997 to 2003, and he was honored as an influential “green" alumnus of the Hill School.
Greatly admired by virtually all who had the privilege of knowing him, Don is remembered as a warm host, a loyal friend, a creative thinker, an exceptional man. His firm handshake, wide grin, dry wit and engaging personality impressed everyone he met. He led many a team and organization with his quiet intelligence, inspiring kindness, and infectious enthusiasm. He served as an exemplary moral compass, focusing always on the good in people, and caring heroically for Helen through her 20-year descent into Alzheimer's. To say that he was a gentleman is perhaps too formal, yet many saw him as "a true gentleman of the old school." He was most of all a man of gracious manners and good will.
Don is survived by his three children - Cynthia Salisbury (Leglise) of Portola Valley, Susan Russell of Perth, Australia and Donald M. Salisbury Jr. of Seal Beach; and six grandchildren — Marc and Richard Leglise, Ashleigh and Kate Russell, and Donald "Gil" and Mara Salisbury.
He was preceded in death last year by Helen, his wife of 60 years, and earlier by his parents, Marnie and O.J., his brother O.J. and his sister Eleanor Irving.
Private memorial services were held on March 30 in Pasadena.
Since the ranch he loved lies within the greater Yellowstone wildlife migration area and contains important tributaries to the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, the best way to honor him is to help to conserve this beautiful corner of the Rockies for future generations.
The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to The Nature Conservancy in Idaho,116 First Avenue North, Hailey, ID 83333. Please note "Don Salisbury Memorial" on the check, so that funds will benefit the protection of land around Henry's Lake, in accordance with his wishes.