Donald LeRoy Coon, 80, of Iona, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center of causes incident to old age.
Donald was born Feb. 7, 1934, in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, to Everett Henry Coon and Irene Elizabeth Fisher Coon. He grew up and attended schools in Hammett, Idaho, and graduated from Glenns Ferry High School.
On July 10, 1954, he married Mollie Beth Peck in Shoshone. To this union were born four children: Jerry, Sharla, Andy and David. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Donald and Mollie made their home in Murtaugh, Idaho, for 10 years, Idaho Falls for 17 years, Pocatello for 28 years, and have lived in Iona for the past five years. Donald worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 40 years and held many positions there, including section foreman, extra gang foreman, track inspector, roadmaster and general roadmaster. As a track inspector, he walked from Kansas City to Oregon, inspecting each foot of track.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as genealogy instructor, and served a mission with his wife at the Pocatello Family History Center. He enjoyed his family, fishing, hunting and gardening.
Donald is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Mollie Coon of Iona; sons, Jerry Brent (Patsy Jo) Coon of Iona, Mitchell Andrew Coon of Eagle River, Alaska, and David Allan (Wendy) Coon of Idaho Falls; daughter, Sharla Dawn Deaton of Ammon; sister, Shirley (Jim) Williams of Boise; 23 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son-in-law, Phillip Deaton.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at Iona LDS 1st Ward, 5169 East Denning, with Bishop Randy Smith officiating. The family will visit with friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday prior to services at the church.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.