Donna LaVinia Masoner
November 20, 1921 - July 5, 2014
Donna was born in Nephi, Utah to Loran and LaVerne Carter. Her parents owned Carter's Cleaners in Rupert, Idaho. She and Elwood Masoner, also from Rupert, were married June 12, 1939 in Anaheim, California. Witnesses were Pearl and Bert Connell, her aunt and uncle.
She followed Elwood to Naval Radar training sites throughout the United States until Elwood was shipped to Guam on his way to Japan. Thankfully, the war ended before he arrived.
They moved to Twin Falls and worked together at the Music Center. "Masoner Music Center Sells Happiness" was their theme.
Donna and Elwood hand built their home on Fillmore Street in preparation for the adoption of their son, Kenneth Carter Masoner from the children's home in Boise. Loran Wade Carter Masoner (deceased) was adopted after his parents were killed in an auto accident.
Lifetime activities included: fencing, gardening, sewing and doing alterations for friends and family, golfing, fishing and enjoying music. Hours were spent canning chili and stew for Boy Scout expeditions.
Donna was a modern day pioneer of rafting in Idaho's wilderness areas. Few have floated the Middle Fork of Salmon and Selway Rivers more -
Sewing, gluing, painting and constructing comfortable frames with padded tables for a fleet on 20 rafts required much detail and hard work. Many guests, scouts, river rats and guides enjoyed the fruits of her labor.
She became a member of the Screen Actors Guild as a result of a 'Kodak Movie Camera Moment' commercial on the Ed Sullivan Show. The commercial was instrumental in launching the growth of the whitewater industry in Idaho. She and Elwood operated Whitewater Adventures ™ for many years hosting people from around the world.
Heartfelt thanks for the support of friends, neighbors and members of the LDS 1st ward who helped her on her way back to her great love, Elwood. They were married for time and all eternity at the Boise LDS Temple.
She will greatly missed by Ken and his wife Sue.
A graveside service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Sunset Memorial Park, 2296 Kimberly Road, Twin Falls with Bishop Andrew Mix conducting. At Donna's request there will be no public viewing. A Farewell Tribute will be held after the river season ends and will be announced. No flowers please. Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.
Yours for a great Adventure! Donna and Elwood.
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 8, 2014