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Don Alton Irby

Don Alton Irby
1922 ~ 2013
Don Alton Irby died Friday, October 11, 2013 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center from complications of pneumonia. Don was born on April 4, 1922 to Preston L. and Alice E. Irby in Guymon, Oklahoma. He lived in Guymon until in the 1930's his family moved to Idaho.
On March 25, 1941 just days before Don turned 19, he joined the U.S. Navy. After boot camp he was assigned to the U.S.S. Maryland. On December 7,1941 he was on an early morning practice with his rowing team when all hell broke loose. Pearl Harbor was being bombed. He went on to serve his country on several more campaigns for five more years. He was honorably discharged as an aviation boats man mate (PH) second class on July 26, 1946.
Don returned to Southern Idaho where he attended Link's Business College. He met Merla Sloan at a YMCA activity. On August 29, 1947 they were married in the house that Merla was born and raised in Parma Idaho. They lived in Boise for a few years then moved to Orofino.
In Orofino Don worked at various jobs the longest being at the State Hospital North for thirteen years. He then returned to Boise to work as State Quarter Master for the V.F.W. in which he was an active life time member. After his terms as Quarter Master he worked at the Idaho State Penitentiary. After retiring in 1988 Don and Merla just enjoyed life in Boise.
Shortly after Merla passed away in May of 2008 he moved to Lewiston and was a resident a Kindred Care Nursing Home. There he was happy and enjoyed his fellow residents and staff. What Don loved most besides family was the outdoors. Whether it be gardening, hunting, fishing or just cutting firewood, it didn't matter. It was his time with God. He loved being with his grandchildren. They brought a big smile to his face.
Don is survived by four daughters Donalyn married Dave Smith of Medford Oregon, Sharon married to Danny Leach of Lewiston Idaho, Rhonda McIntosh of Spokane, Washington and Sandi married to Terry O'Neill of Mountlake Terrace, Washington and a son Kevin of Lewiston, Idaho. Eleven grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers Jim, George, Bob, Harold, Bill and two sisters Ethel and Dorothy and his wife Merla.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 at Calvary Chapel, 1015 Burrell Ave. Lewiston Id.


Published in Idaho Statesman on Oct. 26, 2013
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